So I’ve been muddling along for a fair while now, having a great time and selling paintings along the way. The knowledge has been hard earnt, and some lessons have been difficult. The question now is – what’s the next step?
As an artist, I feel it’s my job to record human experience at a point in time. I don’t feel driven to photographically record what a static object looked like on the day I was painting. I feel driven to record emotion, movement, fashion, expression, love, and things that evoke a response. Perhaps this is selfish, but this is my journey, so I have to please myself.
It is difficult when translating ones own vision to find a point of reference. The artists that move me are expressive – and it’s a personal expression. Artists like Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, and Edvard Munch. I also love Mark Ryden, John Bartley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Becky Blair.
In seeking wisdom, I am looking for knowledge that will teach me techniques to help me be more myself – not a still-life, landscape or flower painter, and it’s proving hard to find. I don’t have the luxury of being able to immerse myself in a lengthy course, and the books I have found are not fantasically helpful. I also find that inevitably some of the teachers biases and artistic preferences rub off – and I’m wary of muddying my own waters.
The vision must come from within, and the knowledge to take me to the next step must come from outside. If anyone knows of any great books, or DVDs that have helped or look interesting please let me know. I’d love to get my hands on them. 🙂