I recently came to the realization that paintings don't need to be pretty. With this being said, I am ok if they are pretty because I'm not trying to make them ugly. Not having pretty pictures at the front of my mind has made the process of painting a much more enjoyable experience for me and has freed me to express myself in a new way. With the constraints of trying to make the pictures beautiful behind me, I feel as though I will be able to get closer to the message that wants to communicated with my art. This message has become more important than the beauty in my paintings.
When I Lost a Square From Myself
With the paintings being created with this new driving force, I have had more access to painting as myself...as I am, connecting with the subject matter in a more precise way.
The Right Side of My Torso
I am wanting to have a new name to explain these paintings. I can't call them abstract, because to me they are realism, they are my reality. Would it be possible to call them Abstract Realism or Individual Realism? I have never been able to tell someone what style my paintings are by only using the word "abstract" to describe them. I think from now on I will use the term Individual Realism.
Definition of Individual Realism - ˌ/indəˈvij(o͞o)əl/ /ˈrē(ə)ˌlizəm/ : An artistic style in which the individual expresses what is real from their own, unique point of reference.
Crown Without a Shadow
I hope I never go back to trying to make pretty pictures; to trying to make other people happy, while disregarding myself and the Individual Realism each of us have inside.
Head and a Voice