The purpose of this blog post is to introduce what drives my drawing and painting education – the desire to experience and understand fine art. This desire includes a curiosity about the different genre’s or styles of fine art. From realism to abstraction, I want to know and feel the art!
To explain, periodically I am asked about how I arrived at my current style. I find the question difficult to give a simple, straight answer. If you look at my work over the past 13 years, its evolved and changed. I have made some purposeful decisions along the way. And, sometimes I stumble on to the truths and observations that more experienced artists have already made.
Still, I think the question of how I arrived at my current artistic situation an intriguing one. Perhaps as the year winds down, it is a good time for a review before setting my sites on future directions.
Blog – Mini Retrospective
Over the next few posts, I’ll conduct a mini-retrospective. I think I’ll break my twelve year experience down into the following styles:
- Early expressive realism
- Toward non-objective abstraction
- Exploring Cubist devices
- Expressive realism re-visited
Experience and Understand
In the meantime, back to the first statement. My desire to understand the visual arts has driven my personal artistic study. I need to experience what it means to create an abstract painting. I want to know how to draw from life in a realistic manner. So, I explore. And as I explore I learn, gain understanding, and marvel at the wonder of art. I hope to share my experiences with you over the course of a few blog posts.
I’ll leave you with one of my early paintings. It has the honor of being inventory number one. I hope you enjoy it! More soon!