I Haven’t Been This Excited About Painting In A Long Time!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

I am talking about the process of painting. My work is headed in a new direction and while it has been something that I have been thinking about for quite some time, trying to figure out how to bring these ideas into my paintings has been a daunting challenge. Change takes time and it finally feels like I am figuring out what it is that I am after. It feels like a huge breakthrough for me. It doesn’t mean that I will suddenly be creating fabulous masterpieces or that painting will come any easier. What it does mean is that I’ve been able to let go of some of my old ways of working and search for something new in a way that feels authentic to me, and really exciting. I’ll elaborate further in a moment.

But first, with this new enthusiasm I have also decided to commit to writing a weekly blog post. I have a tendency to hide away in the studio, working on a variety of different creative things and sometimes my posts are few and far between because I mostly focus on presenting finished work or exhibition news. I find that when I read other artist’s blogs I love to read about their thoughts behind their work, about being an artist and about other things that make them tick. Sharing some of my ideas and process can help me articulate and clarify things for myself, as well as perhaps connect with a wider audience of people who may be interested in the artistic journey, which of course is infinitely varied depending on the artist. So I will attempt to post here at least once a week and share it on my Deborah Hamon Art Facebook page if you are curious in following one artist’s creative path. Thank you for your interest!

And now back to PAINTING…

One of the things that I have been really interested in is working towards less realism. I think the reason my last large painting took so long to resolve was that I was constantly searching for something that I couldn’t quite grasp. I really wanted to make a painting with no figures in it but somehow that painting took on a life of it’s own and became what it is. I like the painting a lot, but it has figures and is still very much based on a representational world. I was also doing some small studies at the time based on photographs I had taken in nature (see below.)

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I was playing with pattern and color and trying to be looser in my approach and brushwork, but they are still very much a representation of a photograph I had taken. What I am really searching for is a sense of something, rather than a representation or story about something. I wanted to see if I could take a photograph I had shot and use it as a starting point for a painting but truly have no preconceived idea about what the finished painting would look like. Just start painting and make decisions along the way. Using nature as an inspiration but heading more towards abstraction rather than representation. Letting the process of the painting be visible. Being looser and less refined in my brushwork. All of this is not a natural way of working for me. People who know me, know that I am a planner, that I am meticulous with details, and I don’t like messes! I have been attempting to rebel against my innate nature in my paintings for some time and it finally feels like it is starting to click. Below are the beginnings of this new direction…

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