If you've ever stepped into a Hobby Lobby, Michaels or any art studio, they all have something in common: a distinct smell that captures you as you walk in. Maybe you associate it with being creative, maybe you associate it with a memory of some sort. For me, there's nothing like walking into my home studio or my classroom every morning--the smell of whatever I'm working with at the time greets me and the creative juices start flowing.
This past weekend I spent several hours in my home studio creating a new pieces of artwork. The time flew by--I was left with my thoughts and my paintbrush. My mind turned to an article I read recently about how painting, and different methods of mark making relieve emotions such as stress, anxiety, frustration, and even joy.
Different colors can evoke different emotions. Part of painting is being intuitive and doing what "feels" good. Some intuitive painters don't really care about the outcome of a painting--they paint entirely for the process, making different marks and using certain colors because they're drawn to those in the moment.
Personally, I greatly care about the outcome of my paintings. I've tried the carefree finish process and it seems unsettling, detached and makes me uncomfortable. I like my paintings to have a purpose and a cohesive design at the end of my painting process. Recently I have been experimenting a bit with putting unexpected colors and expressive brush strokes on all of my work so my entire body of work looks connected, colorful and alive.
These pictures show a very select few paintings from my recent body of work, focusing almost entirely on colorful fowl. Enjoy!