It’s always interesting to see how an artist’s style gradually evolves over time. The trajectory can be quite remarkable when taken in the right direction.
My own style has been pushed towards finding an individuality that hopefully will set current works apart from recent trends. Eventually someone can decide how successful those efforts have been. Personally I’m still far too busy growing and developing my work in new directions,
I am really starting to miss painting on a daily, or near daily, basis. Late 2020 there was definitely a feeling of burnout setting in as my 27/7 efforts were largely centred around marketing efforts for the many works completed. Likely only 10% of my time was being utilized for actual art creation.
The endless lists of art shows, competitions & publications worldwide was exhausting but necessary. As ideal as dedicating all my time just towards art creation is an unrealistic ideal.
With a few months off from the that usual grind I’m now starting to look towards a new year of creation and building on all the 2020 efforts. Likely there won’t be regular days of actual painting again until late April as half the process for creating such works requires ventilation and plenty of indirect sunlight.
Certainly until my schedule resumes there’s more than enough to keep me busy and I’m always looking forward to the odd unseasonably pleasant day whenever it comes along. There are always the basic supplies on hand for whenever the opportunity arises.
I’ve had plenty of time and initiative for artistic experimentation over the years. Likely it’s something that never leaves but ebbs and flows over time. Reviewing several images of works created over recent years has yielded a few surprises – like the odd piece where I experimented with collage.
I’ve seen a variety of works by artisans who dedicate all their time to collage so to say I’m a mere tourist in the field would be generous. But, since I have a blog why not throw something up and see what happens?
Given the snowfall and cold temperatures so many of us have to endure lately perhaps reposting this image may be appropriate. It was originally intended as a background to be developed into a more complex painting later but after looking throughout the drying process the decision was made to leave it as is. I was hoping it would stand out from the countless “pour” or “splatter” paintings flooding the art scene lately but time will tell regarding the success of that aspect.
It was created around mid-summer but held under wraps until close to mid-December to be showcased around the holiday season. Sometime timing is everything in life and certainly art is no exception.
Abstract painting is what I consider my primary calling which consumes much of the time available. Between creating, communication & aggressive marketing it can be an all-consuming effort for much of the year. Like many, I’d prefer to be simply creating works and doing little else but reality comes creeping in and the issue of public exposure and sales demand attention. It would take volumes of blog posts to outline the exhaustive efforts required to gain even the slightest attention in todays’ art world. Rather that bore everyone with that what do you say we get on to the featured work of the hour?
Thought now would be a good time to show everyone what I do throughout the more hospitable months of the year. As soon as the weather warms up and the sun is high I’m occupied outdoors half the time working on a canvas or two. Usually the pattern is earlier layers of any given work are created indoors then allowed a minimum two weeks to dry. Then it’s out where the indirect sunshine works best and each painting is eventually finished. Overall the effort pays off despite mounting uncertainty at times during the project.
The above gem measures 36″ wide by 48″ tall. The effect of color in combination with imagery worked out well for this final effort late 2020.