Splashes of color,
drips, droplets, dabs,
opaques, frivolity, whimsy,
into a mist…
When making art, you can create what you desire, design and allow.
The artist can choose to be detailed, intricate and precise. The artist can choose to be abstract as heck and expressive. And there is everything in between.
That is why I believe that
EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST!
As I also believe that everyone has a hidden poet (because everyone has a voice), I also believe that everyone has a hidden artist. Perhaps one who has been shamed into
hiding, but she’s there just the same, waiting to be invoked, invited, induced to come out and play.
That is what this painting was to me. This was painted at the beginning of my discovery of art as a possible way to express myself. Playing on Aquabord, a substrate that was new to me, the paint flowed in a surprising way. Yes, substrates make a difference as to how the paint behaves. Substrate is the surface on which the artist paints. There are many types of substrates these days! Sometimes, any substrate works. I’ve painted on gessoed cardboard.
With so many online opportunities to learn while playing–that is the perspective to take when you are beginning to paint or painting after many years of not painting. Or at any level of experience. Play and learn. Make many mistakes. And carry on playing, learning and practicing. Like any practice, you have to do it daily. Best to plan it into your day.