|'Mood #1' - acrylic on canvas 50.5cm x 40.5cm x 1.5cm|
Have you ever heard of Schrödinger's cat? The link can explain it better than I can but the idea was that a (theoretical)cat was put in a box with poison being released at random and according to quantum mechanics because we can't see into the box to determine if the cat is alive or dead then the cat is both alive and dead at the same time (which obviously isn't possible and was what Schrödinger was trying to show with his theoretical cat experiment).
Well, at the moment, thanks to Brexit (the outcome of which you'll know about unless you've been living under a rock for the last few days!) I find myself in a similar position to the cat only rather than being simultaneously alive and dead, thanks to the fact that I have dual nationality (both Irish and British) I find that I am currently simultaneously a citizen of the EU and not a citizen of the EU. A rather bizarre situation.
Anyway, I wouldn't mention the whole debacle of a referendum in my art blog were it not for the fact that it sort of triggered my latest painting.
Let me explain. Recently I've been thinking about abstract art. While I've dabbled in the past with abstract realism with some of my small landscapes, it's no secret that I have never really understood non-representational abstract art and was a bit skeptical when artists gave a load of blobs and paint marks some profoundly deep meaning. So, on Friday I set out to prove that anyone could paint an abstract and pretend it had meaning. But when I tried to just randomly throw colours and shapes onto the canvas, I just couldn't get it to work (which didn't make sense to me because my whole theory was that it didn't have to 'work' it just had to be random).
I seemed to have the equivalent of writer's block because at least when you're painting an actual object even if you are doing it in an impressionistic style you at least know what it is you are describing with your paintbrush. But, no matter how I tried, I just couldn't seem to paint 'nothing'. And then it dawned on me. Even non-representational abstract art really did have to have meaning - at least for me - to make it work.
So, I started over and decided to focus on how I was feeling (despondent but determined to be optimistic) and tried to 'paint' those emotions. It was amazing to me how the painting (while still essentially completely abstract mark making) seemed to come together and instead of just randomly adding colour I used specific colours and marks to paint how I felt. It was a revelation and I am very happy to say that I stand corrected on my previous thoughts on abstract art.
That doesn't mean I'll only be paintings abstracts in future - I like representational art too much but I am certain that I will paint more abstracts even if only to describe my mood at the time, perhaps in between the other paintings I'm working on.
So, it seems that every cloud has a silver lining and the result of the EU referendum, whilst not the outcome I had hoped for, did help me discover another way to be creative - art therapy, if you like!
|Available on Artfinder|
In other news, I'm delighted to have been invited to take part in the Strathpeffer Art Fair again this year. Last year, we were in Iceland at the time of the exhibition so I was a bit distracted prior to submitting paintings and just posted off some older smaller pieces I happened to have. This year as we won't be long back from our Route 66 trip we won't be going away for our anniversary in November but will be able to take a local road trip in Campy McCampervan to drop off some paintings in person this time.
|The usual photo putting the size into context|
And, just to find some humour in today's crazy world - I saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh (it may help if you know he is a Northern Irish character in an English soap opera). Apparently the number of applications for Irish passports has gone through the roof since Brexit! Glad I've had mine since my twenties!