A major transition happened after we moved to Penticton….I wanted to paint abstract again. This was a really big deal. I haven't painted any abstracts for over a year! And I had no desire to paint them either….
There was a sadness that went along with this weird loss. I have painted abstract for years and It was my main expression and livelihood. Awesome People was taking over my life and had become very fulfilling. The portraits were technical but also expressive. So they covered both sides of my brain. As well the movement itself was fulfilling in a entrepreneurial kind of way. So I did not feel any desire to express myself through abstraction. I was completely fulfilled. And then we moved to Penticton……
Moving was the best thing ever. I had everything I needed in a little small town package…..the package was space and time…..Space meaning not feeling the pressure of a big city and all the stresses that come with that. And time meaning my brain had more space to breath...think...and explore. I think this was the catalyst to my desire for abstraction again.
Abstracts are my love ( after my wife :) ….and my life in some ways….so not having that desire I was wondering who I would become, or change into…..kinda...hard to explain…..but once the feeling came back, in hindsight, I noticed how weird it was that it had gone in the first place.
But it’s back and I feel so fantastic about this!! Abstracts are incredible to paint. They are a piece of me on the canvas. A moment in time that I have experienced based on what my feelings are leading up to that, and in that moment. The leading up to that moment is extremely important. It is an accumulation of events, thoughts, feelings, stresses, happiness, sadness, whether conscious or not, that all come together in one big bang on the canvas.
Abstraction is thrilling. I can't imagine not having this process in my life. But no need to feel weird anymore…….It’s back!! the funny part was that when it did come back I immediately got a commission. Literally the next day. Thank you Kim and Jim for your unknowing catalyst to the rebirth of abstraction in my life!
The painting in this post is NOT the commission....it wasn't quite dry to get a good photo. But Kim has promised to send me a pick when they hang it! This blue painting is one I painted after Kim and Jim's painting. I couldn't just paint one!!