When I sat down to revise my artist's statement, I read the above manifesto again. It reminded me why I an grateful to express myself through painting.
I can easily call my style of painting impressionist-inspired. A painterly style of loose brushwork and generous paint application. Outdoors instead of in the studio - and so on.
What is most important?
To create paintings. This is not as simple as it sounds. Consider that there are many ways to create art with various mediums. For example drawing is wonderful for illustration. I do believe that oil paint is, however, best used to create paintings that look like paintings. Not photo-realist. Not illustration or copyist disciplines. Not confusing painting with drawing. A painterly painting is something different.
Oil Paint is a Specific Medium
I prefer to use oil paint to make something that is created with paint, brush and knife. I like to think of oil paint as liquid clay. It is tactile, malleable and can be layered in textures that are varied and descriptive. I can see no reason why oil paint should be treated like a drawing medium. Therefore I try to show the nature of the medium as well as the subject. The way I do this is through loose, abstract shapes arranged appropriately. That is a painting.
To improve my art makes me better able to express myself on the canvas. Without feeling and communication of that emotion there cannot be real art. The only way for me is to follow what gives me joy - that is painting. One day at a time.
My studio gallery is in East London although I sell my works all over South Africa and overseas. Feel free to contact me about art. Please also join me on my Blog page for regular articles about art.
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PS: An interview with House and Leisure magazine.
How You Can Experience More:
Choosing to be an artist has been a spiritual journey as well as a practical journey for me. The commitment has been considerable, but the rewards have been even greater (I do not mean financial). I have learnt many lessons and still have a long way to go. Join me on this journey by:
- Becoming a member of my Artist's and Collector's Circle. There are plenty of good things coming your way when you join up.
- Start Painting with me. Either on one of my personalised courses or on one of my workshops.
- Join my ongoing project at Loosen Up Your Painting. This is a place to enjoy extensive demos, try your painting challenge and follow along, learning by doing.
- An Artist's Journey Podcast: If you enjoy listening to podcasts you may enjoy one of the few painter's podcasts out there.
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