My Intuitive Painting Adventure – Abstracts

In the process of doing my intuitive painting course, I encountered and had to work through some things in myself. The most significant of these was the all- too-familiar “not good enough” voice, and the occasional perfectionism engendered by it. I had to learn that it was really about the process and having fun, learning to approach painting with the openness and wonder of a child. If I happened to like the results, that’s great. I can hang it up and enjoy it. If not, that’s ok, because the benefits were in the act of creating.

All of that said, it has taken me some months to be ready to put some of it out here for others to see.

Although, as a viewer of art I have tended to prefer representational or impressionistic styles, I found that I actually enjoy painting abstracts more. I love the freedom to play with the paints, to experiment. I think some of my most expressive paintings are abstract.

Rain?This one was purely about play and experimentation with technique.

I set out to play with colors, but ended up with a painting that feels very expressive to me.

Taking a very childlike approach, I re-discovered the fun I used to have finger painting, creating textures and patterns in the paint (although I used a brush this time).

Exploring brushing techniques and layering, as well as multiple media (tempera, acrylics, watercolor crayons, metallic marking pens).

Here the object was to express how I felt at the time.


~ by judytherainbow on February 1, 2012.

4 Responses to “My Intuitive Painting Adventure – Abstracts”

  1. These are great. And good for you for not listening to that “not good enough” voice in your head & following your heart. Your colours are quite vibrant. xoxo

    • Thanks, Pauline 🙂
      I love your blog! In both your art and your words, you convey so much so simply. I resonated especially to what you wrote on Saturday Jan 21, about losing focus and motivation. I’ve been struggling with that lately, too.

  2. These are great! Thanks for sharing. I completely relate to the preference of more representational/impressionist work but have recently bit the abstract bug as well and honestly, I haven’t had as much fun as I’m having now in a long time. Probably since childhood. It’s very freeing!

    I don’t think I’ll do abstract work exclusively but it’s been so therapeutic.

  3. Reblogged this on American Expat Wife in Abu Dhabi and commented:
    This blog post speaks to my experience right now and wanted to share it. Abstract painting is so therapeutic and a nice change from my usual art rhythm!

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