Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.
I did something revolutionary this week. I let go. I let go. I let go!!!! I didn't think about what I was going to paint or plan it out. I didn't think about colors that would work nicely together. I just created.
I took a 30X24, white canvas, void of any color or direction and made it speak. I love creating my pieces. Seeing the finished result and remembering the blank canvas staring back at me before I began giving it life, is always rewarding. This time was different. I physically felt something. I felt a rush of adrenaline, a thumping in my heart not normally there and honestly, a feeling I have not yet experienced whilst painting.
I have to say, in the beginning I was afraid. Afraid that without any forethought and plan, it would all end dismally and I would go back to the self loathing and skepticism about my abilities, but I tucked my negative feelings away and went for it.
Each paint stroke evoked another idea and more and more complex ideas of what this painting was supposed to mean. In the end I may be the only one who "gets it" but I think I triumphed over my fears and came out as the victor.
Art is subject to one's own interpretation and some of you may think I have lost my ever loving mind this week, while others may think that I have created something visually interesting and beautiful in it's own way. Whichever direction you go...I enjoyed the feeling of creating MY ART this week.
It is called "Circle of Life" and there is plenty of symbolism in this painting for me. Here are some of the words that come to my mind in describing or trying to explain it:
Eternal, colorful, life, death, cells, birth, never ending. The colors going from the bottom to the top of the painting are representative of earth (which is of course round). From the molten color of lava to the browns and blacks of rock and earth, to the color of green for the vegetation & plants, to the blue of the sky. I could go on and on, but find meaning for yourself.
It may look like chaos but as I got going it all meant something to me, and that is what ART is right? It's purpose is to appeal and connect with human emotion. Good or bad, I hope I did that this week.
I will say this again...thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and your participation in this project. What a great blessing it is becoming to me and I hope for you as well.