For me, making art is a profound way of connecting the subconscious and the conscious, and then into a tangible visual “brain download” which is paramount in staying aligned and balanced.
I call this painting method “subconscious abstraction” and love sharing these techniques in my demonstrations and workshops to help others develop their own unique abstract style.
My particular style is very calligraphic and rhythmic; inspired equally by letterforms, music, surroundings, and the energy of people. The paintings are never planned or thought out ahead of time, I use instincts to throw down each mark and gesture with split-second decisions so that I don’t lose the flow. The quick decisions of where each mark goes is based off of where the last mark landed.
This method allows my subconscious takes over and very often I’ll come back to a finished painting to find an image, symbol, or even a color reference to something that has happened in my life even though I wasn’t consciously thinking of it or trying to capture it. I believe it’s similar to dreaming, where your unconscious mind has a chance to freely process your experiences and emotions, then present them to you in very unexpected ways.
As a professional multidisciplinary designer and videographer, there are underlying design principles of hierarchy, form, contrast, pacing and rhythm integrated into the compositions. And long before I was a professional designer I was a calligrapher, which I first learned from my mom when I was in high school and later landed my first career job at Hallmark Cards. Through the years it evolved into an abstract art style.
Over the years I’ve developed and recorded hundreds of unusual methods of making abstract marks which are designed to switch our brains away from automatic patterns. We’re often not aware of it, but these automatic patterns that we all have can limit and hold us back from evolving our art style.
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