Distinctly abstract colour "play" is just as much a part of my art practice as more polished landscape or floral painting. The freedom to just let myself blob paint down and try new shapes and brushstrokes and compositions is complete joy to me. I try to keep my critical voice at bay while I explore (something incredibly difficult for someone like me!) and just give myself permission to experiment.
These 'play' sessions are both incredibly fun as well as ... incredibly frustrating. There's nothing like the feeling when the piece i'm painting seems to be coming together and somehow ends up as a fabulous curious, colourful abstract. It's like seeing a tangible reflection of my most connected, joyful self.
The flipside is when the magic isn't there and everything looks terrible and feels forced and I make no progress in any way despite hours trying.
And yet ...and yet. I keep coming back to my paints day after day after day. Call it obsession, call it passion, call it an addiction, affliction or fixation for it is all those things and more. Whatever "it" is, it's what i'm chasing and loving and hoping keeps coming out to play.
Contemporary Abstract Art Prints
Over the winter I painted a series of abstract paintings on canvas I called the "Detours" collection. It's a small but mighty series that is all about bold colours with not a drop of white to be seen! There is an intensity in these paintings that I love. They are curious and weird and definitely not taking themselves too seriously. I wanted each painting to feel like it was giving the viewer a playful wink and a smile.
The original paintings in the collection have all sold but they're too much fun to let go so the entire collection is now available as fine art prints!
And in keeping with my mission to make the world a more colourful place, I didn't pass up the opportunity to create a line of abstract greeting cards. They're playful pops of colour that are a lovely way to send a little hello to a friend through the post.