This year I tripped upon the cultural meme often referred to as 'minimalism'. Everyone has their personal take on it and some even hotly debate it as something only the privileged middle class could dream of pursuing. However, for myself I have embraced it as a general mindset that has far reaching implications in all aspects of my life, especially in my art.
In simplest terms, I have asked the honest question of ‘what works and what doesn’t’.
What feels ‘right’— do more of that.
Relinquish the extraneous.
Keep it simple.
Don’t over think it.
Do the work I want to see.
Trust the process.
My colour choice has changed somewhat from a radical colour carnival to a slightly more pared back, limited palette often with 'pops' of colour amongst a more neutral colour dominance.
Hint at reality, but make it my own.
Keep it simple.
There are elements I have kept and for those keen on the nuances of my work you'll likely still see them. I have also revisited early inspirations. I've always loved the art of Japanese printmaking and how this art form inspired so many other artists throughout the early 20th century and beyond. Having a background in graphic design, I can't help but feel that inner stirring when I see such strong design, colour choice and masterful line work. I also adore the work of Egon Schiele and admire his use of line and form as a means of conveying emotion in his work.
Line as a design element and path for personal expression.
Emphasis on shapes to support linear motifs.
Energy, movement, emotion. Spirit.
Don’t over do it.
The black or darker line I'm incorporating into the compositions hints of woodblock prints and I am thinking through the process of painting as a printer would—somewhat 'backwards'.
‘Negative’ shapes and spaces.
Forms emerging from the background.
Planning the work, working the plan.
I am becoming more captivated by the Land not only as a visual support to the animals in my compositions, but I am falling in love with it in its own right.
Listening to the subtle voice of the natural world.
Nature as spiritual teacher.
New opportunities for design and composition challenges.