Art & Design
Starting a new painting is always difficult for me, even if I have a concrete idea and concept in mind. Somehow, the blank page sets loose an overwhelming urge not to mess with it, a fear of destroying the pure concept I have in mind. Over the last month I've realized how much I tend to over-think my art, it gets stuck in the details and technique rather than the subject and the content .
As a way to remedy this, I started a new series purely as a counter-balance to brain control: The heart / "Year in Emotion" series. The concept developed out of a simple doodle in the sketch book - and promptly it multiplied into a mini-series of ideas!
Doodling is such an under-utilized way of starting a concept - letting the hand subconsciously guide you to new ideas really does work. Who knew! Two paintings have already been created out of those spontaneous sketches, the next ones will follow shortly as I find the time for it. I will post the new painting on the Art page soon as well.
After the small successes of the 'doodling experiments' I am starting more research into the Surrealism painting methods, which are heavily invested in the subconscious and chance-driven techniques like decalcomania, frottage, and automated writing. It seems like a good way to overcome a domineering, pushy brain....
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.