It's possible to paint for years, doing much the same thing week after week. An occasional switch of media, to freshen things up and ward off staleness. People expect artists to keep doing the same thing. Understandable. But for the painter, there can come a crunch point, since the routes to experimentation may be blocked by cautiousness and other people's expectations. With many art meetings and shows driven into oblivion during 2020 thanks to an infection that is turning out to be a political tool, this painter decided to make the break and set up a completely different personal focus...for better or worse.
The artist has recently (2020) broken away from many realistic subjects for an undetermined period of time, to explore image-creation through the painting process itself, rather than reference to any particular landscape or other external item. The results can be surprising; unexpected or unintended. Often a painting is begun with nothing in mind at all; the final image emerges through a process of balancing colours, shapes, lines, areas, removing paint, adding more elsewhere. Now and then a mystery landscape appears. Sometimes the memory of a recent journey or event comes through. Occasionally the work fails to "gel" and is set aside--it's all part of the process.
Intuitive Abstracts is a second body of paintings, separate from my usual, tighter, pastel and oil works of flowers, still life and landscape. I am enjoying the complete break, applying paint in different ways on small supports. Perhaps the two will find ways of joining together more, as time goes on. I don't know; and am not concerned. Having two identities is rather fun.