|I don't know what to paint anymore.|
There comes a time when you have to decide your artistic direction. I've had to re-invent my artistic vision a number of times in order not to get bored and complacent by doing the same old thing over and over again but with slight differences.
When I was young, my introduction to art was mainly through the works of Picasso. I didn't like a lot of his paintings and still don't, but what impressed me more than anything was his ability to look at things in a completely new way. He could play God by re-inventing the human form and smash objects to pieces and re-assemble them in new and different ways.
The art of invention has always been my aim and I never really meant to get involved in realism (If you can call it that). You can look at photographs if you want that although I do realise that artists can put there own spin on a scene by moving a tree here a bush there and putting in a stream where it doesn't really exist.
I now consider my landscape phase as the phase where I learnt how to paint properly and to paint the things I knew. Now, I need to paint the things that I don't know but the problem is I don't know what to paint. Puzzled? Well you can be assured that you are not half as puzzled as I am.
Does this mean going into the realms of abstraction? I don't know. A lot of abstraction leaves me cold. I want to be more inventive, I don't want to paint the surreal, I want to paint the next big thing (whatever that is) but I don't know what it is.
I'll let you know when I've found it, if I ever do, but at the moment I just don't know. The annoying thing is, I may actually do it and may not know that I have. I am certain I am not alone, most artists are curious and always searching. If not, they are stuck in a rut and should start digging their way out.
Must be time for bed.
If this post disappears and I start posting more landscapes on this blog. I have failed as an artist so, someone prod me hard please.