Soft, nearly monochromatic colours combine with rich sandy textures and echo the loveliness of my seashore. It evokes the serenity I feel walking along the Western Australian beaches as the sun flares and sinks below the horizon.
With the sun paling to a soft salmon peach I wanted to ensure my painting palette reflected the quieter Zen tones. For me that was the real key to this group of paintings.
To recreate the scene, I sat. And internally listened again to the sounds of the gentled waves receding, soothing the spirit, while refreshing the mind.
I had great enjoyment creating these expressive, textured acrylics based on my walks along the Western Australian seashore. No, they’re not perfect. But they speak, they evoke. They say…. just enough, for me.
Art Process: Paint Bold, Be Authentic
I’ve mentioned in prior posts that creating art is about 80% thinking and planning with just 20% being physical, hands on painting. Its all about ‘getting in the zone’. Getting my mind into the creative place where I am free to take risks and be bold.
Ahh. Easier said than done. But, it is in this place that I am Authentic.
Not trying to be or paint like someone else, not trying to get someone else to ‘like’ me, not trying to influence the boss, the coworkers, the neighbours…… I am me. Authentic.
This is so important to my art.
To all our art actually. To be authentic, truthful. Paint from the real artist within. Resist the false, the fake. You know the one that says, “your own work isn’t good enough. so don’t risk it.”
Not all work will be good. Some – will be great. So yes, it is risky. A roll of the dice. But so fun!
Getting into the creative zone, sometimes its just seeing the paintbrush in front of me. But often music, colour, textures will coax things along.
Or some days, its looking through the lens of a camera sitting along a beach. The muse takes many forms, it seems to always be fluid and changing.
When I notice that another artist is being courageous and authentic, I always try to be an encourager. It fans the flame. It fuels their authenticity, just 3-4 little words.
I like to Pass It Forward. I bet you do too!