The same, but different.
The prompt from @taraleaver on Day 12 of #21daysinmyartworld is Current Motifs, and I’m combining it with yesterday’s theme, which was Turning Point.
There was a time when I made paintings that were of actual scenes and real places. (Swipe to see what I mean.) I would use my own photos for reference, and try to reproduce those images with paint. I would sometimes labour, and even agonise, over the details, trying to get the shapes, colours and perspectives ‘right’. And these paintings challenged me in their way, and they all sold too, but somewhere in the process of creating them some of my excitement became less.
My ‘Turning Point’ came when I understood that I no longer wanted to do that, to care and worry over accuracy and details so much, to be so caught up in trying to get things ‘right’ that the freedom and spontaneity were lost. It was once I truly understood that for me, the joy and excitement was more to be found in expressing just the essence of all these elements, and the feelings they provoked. Whether the wildness or calm of the sea, the contrast in the clouds, the effect of the light, the patterns and changing shapes and reflections created by the constant shifting of sea, sand, clouds; how it looks just before the rain comes, or immediately after a downpour, or when the tide goes out, or when a hole appears in the clouds through which we see a glimpse of another colour, the different appearance of horizons, sometimes sharp, sometimes blurry - honestly I could go on and on! 😁
There just is no end to the variation on this same theme, both outside in the real elements, and also in my paintings. And that’s what I find exciting - never the same cloud, or wave or mood or moment, and that is my recurring motif.
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