My approach to painting…

My approach to painting could be regarded as abstract.
The flat surface is there to be filled. The surface with or without the illusion of perspective remains flat.
Marks are fun to make – Painting will never die, it will remain an ‘old friend-alternative’ to the eye fatigue of computer screens. Painting has entered a new phase of possible re-definition, because it competes with the pixelated ‘intruder’.
In painting when the first mark is made on the paper the need to place another is activated. Intuition comes into play, and the individuality of the artist determines the next mark’s placement.
When the artists pre-occupation is with intuitive-design, all other considerations become secondary. However when the marks are completely unrepresentational, (pure abstraction), the mind is not fed. So the ‘supporting acts’ of stylized representation, association, narrative, subject matter, idea, title etc. all these help us to find interest for the mind, before the overall effect can be appreciated by ‘feeling’.
It is the overall effect that I am after. The painting takes on a life of its own during its creation, it often dictates to the artist what it requires next.
After a few initial marks are made – the artist now sees material, from which he must create a pleasing whole.
When the viewer first meets the painting, the overall effect the painting has, is firstly received on a purely emotional level.
The mind then requires reasons to stay engaged with the work.
If the viewer will allow him/herself to return to the overall effect initially encountered he/she will hopefully find intuitive appreciation of what the artist has sought to accomplish in perfecting the design.
Associations for the artist and viewer connected with the design/artwork can include memories, events, nostalgia, remembered landscape parts, narrative, interesting scenarios, make-believe, indeed subject matter of any kind.
When the design and the subject combine to activate many subjective additional emotions in the viewer, this is a bonus, although not necessarily sought for or intended by the artist. People appreciate paintings for a myriad of reasons, and they are free to do so.


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