Why Do I Paint
And why do I paint what I paint?
In the Part 1 and Part 2 you could read how I got to pursue the artist’s career. Today I am going to tell you Why.
If you had a chance to look through my portfolio, you might have noticed that I do not have a specific subject or area in which I specialize. There you have dynamic cityscapes, tranquil countryside scenery, mountains, lakes, portraits and flowers. The works can be different in style and approach.
What do they all have in common other than having me as an author?
I’ve seen many successful artists who stick to just one subject, one color scheme, and do it over and over again. I’ve seen artists who literally can paint the same view from their porch every day. Their style is recognisable and they have reached excellence through repetition.
In a way, I admire such consistency.
Me though, I don’t seem to be able to do that. Not because I can’t. Rather because I am attracted to and inspired by so many different subjects, and depending on my creative mood of the day, I may feel like painting beautiful flowers, or a scene of rain in the city… and the next day I feel like a seascape or mountains.
In fact, having painted a certain scene or a portrait, I happen to give so much thought to it that I need some recuperation from the topic. So I won’t go and paint another portrait or a similar scene straight after. I need to take my mind elsewhere.
So, what makes me choose that or the other subject to paint? What’s the thought process behind that? What makes me tik?
I suppose, I am inspired by what I find beautiful in a certain moment of time. The colours, the lights, sense of movement or serenity that I want to capture and put it on paper or canvas to express that atmosphere or mood that has attracted me.
I don’t think you can find some deep meaning in my artworks. There is no social message or a protest either (let’s leave that to Banksy with all respect), but I was told by many people that my pieces are full of sunlight, warmth and kindness. And I think that is true, because that is what I seek in life, and that’s what I want to focus on in order to switch attention from the less attractive things that are going on around us.
So, that’s the bottom line, the essence of what I do.
My art is about the beauty that we can see around us in our everyday life, if we look for it and learn to see it. It is in the little things that I want to note and appreciate, and give my tribute to them.
I firmly believe that when we learn to love small things around us, we try to preserve and cultivate them, we become a little happier, less aggressive and more creative thus making the world around us a better place.
Please leave a comment below if you agree or disagree, I’d love to have a discussion about it.
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