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 workshops to help others develop their own unique abstract style.
The exercises and prompts are simple, but also thought-provoking. They are designed to disrupt habitual thought patterns that your brain automatically clicks into with how you normally might approach art. In turn, this changes how you make marks and allows for strikingly original shapes, gestures, and compositions to emerge.
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.
As a professional multidisciplinary designer and videographer, there are underlying design principles of hierarchy, form, contrast, pacing and rhythm integrated into the compositions. Long before I was a professional designer I was a calligrapher, which I first learned from my mom as a teenager and later landed my first career job at Hallmark Cards in the lettering department. Eventually, lettering and calligraphy evolved into my abstract art style.
Over the years I’ve developed and recorded hundreds of unusual methods and prompts of making abstract marks which are designed to switch our brains away from automatic patterns.
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