In the past, I have thrown paint on a canvas in hopes that something abstract and amazing would happen, but more often then not, it became a mess. I never really felt comfortable not making “something” – a landscape, a cat, a dog, a room. A “something” has a visual reference. For me, it’s a matter of feeling authentic, that I’m putting a part of myself out there. If I’m just “faking it,” or trying to make it look like a trend, it just feels so incredibly wrong. I have recently seen quite a few art friends find success with abstracts. So, I thought maybe I should give it another shot. Above you can see my first serious attempt. I don’t think it’s bad, but I think I need to do it some more to flush out a “style,” per se. Still not sure it’s really “me.”
This morning I showed my abstract to the kids. My little one (7) looked for maybe 15 seconds, then clapped proclaiming it a success. The big one (8) looked for a bit longer, made a face, and then stated that he could accomplish the same results if he just threw some paint around. I would say I used to agree with him, but after many failed half-hearted attempts, I think there is a flaw in that logic. This is my theory: If I’m in the right head space, I will be able to reproduce good results. If I’m not, then I would say a disaster will ensue. The only way to test my theory is to keep painting. Stay tuned for more on the abstract experiment!