Friday, October 23, 2009

Original Abstract Painting

Selection, brainstorming, searching for subject matter, composition, color and then finally a focus. I go through a whole series of mental exercises before painting.

The only analogy that comes to mind is a baseball pitcher on the mound, winding up then sending a fast ball through the air and hitting the catcher’s mitt. Then bingo I finally know what to paint! (It’s the baseball playoff’s, what can I say.) You don’t normally think of baseball when looking at abstract or impressionist painting but it works for me.

Imagination whether it’s coming from third base sliding into home or focusing on a red abstract tree it feels similar to me. It’s all part of the creative process. So never say “I’m not creative” just look around you and find something that will take you to that playful place....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Painting sold for Charity

I donated this painting for a Charity Auction for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital, and through generous bidders £820 was raised to whom thanks are due. It is nice to be able to use ones art to benefit others. More of my work can be seen on my Website

Friday, October 16, 2009

One of the reasons why I paint

The following post was initiated after another artist questioned her ability. It reminded me of how I started painting.... My visual story or perhaps interest in art started when I was a victim advocate. I worked with abused children and adults. I enjoyed their art. They used their work as a type of catharsis. Now I don’t know if their work would be lauded by an art critic or not but it had value.
My own personal work is different and usually captures nature or something close to home but I always remember and applaud those abuse survivors for bringing me closer to art.
This is my latest work.