i mean blank). I’m not a portrait painter, although I’ve done portraits of my children. I’m not a landscape or seascape
painter, although I’ve done these as well. What I am is an abstractionist. So, here’s some thoughts.
The creation of original, unique abstract art is really very challenging. It’s a process without the luxury of a “road
map” (sketch) that realistic artists use to guide them through their process (read my previous blog post “Realistic
Abstract painting is mostly intuitive. A painting only begins to reveal itself after hours of putting paint on the
canvas. It must be hard for someone who is not an artist to understand this. When staring at a blank canvas,
and not having a specific plan to execute, the first thing we do is act. The abstractionist puts paint on the canvas,
right or wrong, the thought is to get the paint down. From there, the process begins, and so does the doubt, the
fear, and the self-loathing. This type of painting is really a leap of faith. There is a real chance of complete failure
here that a competent realistic painter rarely experiences (remember that road map again: he knows where he
I was just thinking this is why procrastination can set in. The abstractionist doesn’t want to go through this
process. However, if and when we get through these challenges, the reward is substantial. This is why
I always take photos of my painting in various stages. I call them my historical records (another previous post).,
and I use them to remember the times of frustration, failure and ultimately the creation of a valid, worthwhile piece
Hopefully, this blog post gives you a glimpse into an artist’s mind.