Fearless abstract painting is both philosophy and technique.
The philosophy is simple:
The process of creating evolves into ideas.
You might ask:
“You mean, I don’t need an idea before I begin?”
Precisely! Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an idea before you begin to paint. The process of creating will evolve into an idea.
“OK. But what exactly does that mean?”
As a fourth generation artist, I was no stranger to the creative process. I was encouraged to indulge in all things creative from a very early age. But as the years went on, I became like so many of the artists I meet today: Paralyzed by fear.
Fear of the blank canvas
Fear that your idea isn’t good enough
Fear that your idea had not only been done before, but done better by somebody else
Fear that due to lack of technical skill, you would not be unable to give the idea that’s in your head, shape and form on the canvas
Fear that your work will be judged
Fear that your work will be ridiculed
Fear that you will have “proof” that you aren’t a real artist or really creative after all
Well, it’s no wonder that there is so much fear in art! We put so much pressure and the burden of expectations on ourselves!
Enter Fearless Abstract Painting
No easels, no brushes, no pallets, no colour wheel and no preconceived ideas.
What? Really? How is that possible?
Yes! And it’s wonderfully liberating. And addictive.
When you push the paint around, add water, tilt the canvas and play the process begins to take shape into an idea.
Our inner creativity (often dormant or silenced by many layers of “realistic”, linear-type thinking) begins to blossom, grow, and bring balance back into our lives, reminding us that there is a creative source in all of us.
I’ve seen it thousands of times.
Most haven’t picked up a brush (much less a roller!) since kindergarten, or they’ve been painting for years but they feel rigid and stiff.
The result is that they begin to paint and think in a whole new different way when they use the Fearless Abstract Painting philosophy and technique.