‘What someone else wants you to say....’
(A few words taken from a 1992 art title
by Artist Gillian Wearing CBE)
I read those words recently and realised
how significant they are for me.
I shall explain.
Once upon a time....
I was influenced by what others thought
and what they said to me.
I am speaking about my art path
but it can also apply to any aspect in life.
At first I believed what they said and I asked myself...
Perhaps these people are right?
Perhaps I ought to heed their advice and
do what they thought was best for me
(to ‘say’ in my art).
In this case it was about making pictures
they thought were ‘right’...meaning
recognisable, easy to understand art
which says what it is.
Not the ‘difficult to understand’ abstract art
which says what the artist feels.
What will I say?...
I realised I didn’t have to say
what others wanted me to say.
I can say whatever I want in my work.
I can speak my own art language.
I can say what I feel as I paint.
This is very liberating and it has made
such a difference in my art journey.
I can recommend it.
’What I want me to say’...
I want me to say ‘yes’ to my abstract art.
‘A touch of happiness’
Oils and cold wax medium on Arches oil paper
8 x 8 inches in a black wood float frame.
(A new picture ready for going
on my stall at the Gainsborough Artisan Fair).
Some of my followers might recognise
the first painting from my last blog post.
It was a ‘leftover’ using up oils on
my palette at the end of the day.
Just random ‘abstract’ marks.
I decided to turn it around and
crop it to fit a frame.
I really like it and it is sitting in my home.
It speaks to me gently,
telling me to follow my own path.
It says all I want to say in my paintings.
....It will be going to my stall at the
Gainsborough Artisan Fair on 14 December.
That’s all for now...
Until next time
Wild at Heart Studio
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