I’ve recently worked on a small painting and thought I’d show my process with a few images. It’s quite abstract and the colours are uplifting. The paint has been allowed to run in some places. I’ve cut a stencil to block out a few areas, to appear as spots, and also have used a few colours of spray paint which gives a softened feel to the piece….not finished yet.
I’ve recently completed this colourful piece “Echo”, using my spontaneous approach to painting….working with immediacy and not planning at the outset. It could be said that this belongs to my “art as therapy” project. The painting acts as an extension of my own being…it is a way of showing myself to the world, and in the world. The work is very intuitively created without reference to any known object or idea, except to “be itself”. I’ve photographed the process of “Echo”‘s creation, and you can see the process for yourself. Each part is unexpected as it progresses, yet remains very lively with textured areas, scraped lines and sprayed sections. Even though I’m expressing my life at the moment through this work (and other similar works) I feel the painting conveys an atmosphere of optimism and up-liftedness. And I’d like to think that the observer can feel this as well.
I’ve been working with the idea that spontaneous artworks act as a kind of therapy. The process of creation is much more important than a finished product. This requires that I let go of any concepts of how the painting should look, and simply paint purely out of intuition. My abstractions have used this idea in the past, but steps have been very considered, and things changed according to my inner aesthetic requirements and technical knowledge. So I’ve decided to experiment with making a painting without artistic considerations and just go with the emotion of the moment, and gut instinct. This seems to create a very strong interaction with the paint and canvas, and releases a lot of energy. And this process in itself is a kind of therapy; a letting go of the past in many ( even unknown) ways. I’m showing the initial painting done on one afternoon, and the following day I felt as if I had more to process, so I continued till it felt complete. The result could be termed “art”, but just as easily be called “therapy”. And this feels completely valid for me…..here they are.
The above painting is the first part of the process.
Above is the final part of the process, which I’ve named as “Accidental F”……obviously! Below are two close up images of the finished process. In these details you can observe texture, scraped areas, splashes and the use of spray paint…all used spontaneously.