A new painting from old.
Create Coherence between your Art and Life....
Your Art becomes stronger the
more it reflects you.
Coherence between your art and life makes
your art practice unstoppable.
Your ability to choose what to keep or
eliminate in your art and life is a practice.
Your improvement occurs over time.
The evidence of this is seen in
the evolution of your art.
I am using this painting to see how
the advice fits with my own art practice.
‘Twilight fades the blue’
Oils on canvas board 10 x 12 inches.
Often I will use an existing picture to make a new one.
I decided to make a few changes here.
The picture was turned upside down
and some bright oil colour was added.
It certainly made a difference and
I was ready to keep it....
However, after reading about ‘discernment’,
choosing what to keep and what to eliminate
I realised there was too much ‘noise’
in the painting. It wasn’t harmonious.
It was busy and tiring.
It was time to think about change.
To bring the painting back to what I like in my life.
Simplicity and a clutter-free environment.
Aligning my work with my life...
I began scraping the colour off and added blue,
magenta and black with some cold wax medium.
The paint was spread with a knife.
This effect calmed the painting and gave me
a few ideas. Turning the picture round
again I scraped paint off and scratched
some marks in the oils. Bits of dried
paint underneath appeared adding interest.
I rubbed paint off with a rag revealing
the streak of pale blue dry paint underneath.
This looked ethereal as if in moonlight
giving me the idea for the title.
Suddenly I felt I was achieving my aim.
Linking my art practice with my personality.
I wondered if some of this was intuitive.
An example of this is how I design my home.
If something begins to look cluttered I
remove items until I feel a sense of harmony.
Here again is the ‘new’ picture.
‘Carried away by a moonlight shadow’
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