Recently, I have been trying to work a little more in my sketchbook. I have been really busy with my students as well as with illustrating a children's book, so finding some time to make my abstract paintings has been limited. However, I have been getting at it here and there, and this is what I have come up with. They are sort of abstract poems and are usually based on specific places and landscapes.
For this book, I am working on handmade cotton watercolor paper in a leatherbound book. I have been using watercolor exclusively and work in a very free flowing and intuitive manner. Some come out better than others, but each represents a moment in time. I find working on my sketchbook journal is a great way to just explore my own creativity and unwind a bit.
Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 – October 30, 1992) is one of my favorite abstract expressionists. Colors swim through her paintings with a resounding buoyancy and joie de vivre. Mitchell was part of the New York school of abstract expressionist painters during the 1950's. What's wonderful about her work, is how important color is in her visual language. So many of the New York School painters, worked in monotones and dark values, but not Mitchell. She studied the French colorists, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh, bringing their color sense to her large, abstracted surfaces.
I often think of my own paintings as poems. Short, poignant moments, frozen in time on the canvas. Joan mitchell seemed to feel the same way. She once stated, "My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields...it's more like a poem...and that what I want to paint." Indeed, her vigorous dashes and smears of color, speak of landscapes without ever being that specific. They are the essence of memories sparking like poetic kaleidoscopes on canvas. Each one, its own unique poem.
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Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, Over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!