Painting has been a pleasurable thread in my life for over 10 years. It comes in waves and I often find myself having gone a year or more without picking up a paint brush. Once I set up my paints, grab freshly stretched canvas and settle onto the floor (my favorite place to paint), it’s like breaking open a reservoir. Due to this flood of creativity, I generally paint multiple pieces at a time letting pieces dry while I continue on others.
I am inexperienced with drawing and prospective, hence my focus on abstract art because painting, for me, is not about the final product. I concern myself with the process of painting. Experimenting with composition, color, and texture is the most enjoyable part of making art. I use large amounts of molding paste with stencils and texturizing tools.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned while making art is to never throw away a painted canvas. Often when a painting is half finished or only has a few layers, it looks like shit. The colors aren’t right, the composition is off. It’s easy to become discouraged. Yet some of my favorite pieces come from reusing canvas and either building on what’s there or completely changing artistic direction.
If I’ve piqued anyone’s interest or inspired someone to pick up some supplies, I’d recommend either Liquitex professional or Golden paints if you’re going the acrylic route (my chosen medium). The problem with Liquitex Basics, or any student paint is that they tend to be more transparent, and in turn, more difficult to achieve the result wanted. If cost is an issue, many art stores carry lesser known brands that are still artist quality. A limited selection of color can be helpful to prevent feeling overwhelmed, but requires the painter to have knowledge of how to mix color. Golden sells kits of color and mediums that are smaller and great for the newly discovered artist.
The posted photographs are of paintings I’ve worked on. Sometimes they’re finished, sometimes they’re not. I’m posting them not for compliments but to illustrate how using texture and different techniques (sponges, scrapers, pouring) can produce cool effects.