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Creativity: Spiral Abstract Series Revisited

Spiral Abstract "Mesmerizing", 8 x 10" oil painting in progress.

“Mesmerizing”, 8 x 10″ oil painting in progress.

Today I worked on a new painting. I’ve truly missed painting daily. I would like to get back to that. I may have to give myself a challenge to make it happen. Haven’t decided what that will be just yet. A painting a day? A larger painting a week? I’ll let you know what I decide in a later post.

My Spiral Abstract Series started way back when in 2002. Throughout the years I have revisited the series and painted series within the series. You may be wondering what is this thing you call a “Spiral Abstract”? Well, I call it the Spiral Abstract Series because every painting starts with a central spiral, usually in yellow. I like to think of it as the “entry point” for my painting.

Staring at a blank canvas can be a bit intimidating if you don’t know where to start. That first twirl of the brush in the counter clock direction is where I start. It breaks up the white of the blank canvas, teasing me with it’s starkness. It’s like taking a jump into the canvas and the spiral is the ripple of the paint spreading over the surface. It represents movement, as if the canvas were spinning out of control.

What comes after the spiral is the abstract part of the painting. It’s expressionist in the process of painting whatever pops into my mind as I mix paint and sometimes use a spray bottle of water to blur lines and create layers of interest.

Sometimes the abstracts morph into something more representational, like a flower or the sun. I paint with oil paints, but because they are water mixable oils, I can use them more like a watercolor. Washes of color rather than brush strokes emerge from the canvas that started out blank and accusing.

The colors, spirals, swirls, marks, flower petals and all elements of the painting come from my Spirit. Called the Muse, God, Holy Spirit, Universe. Whatever you call it, it is something within and without me. It’s all around and it’s the source of all creativity in the Universe. I don’t control it, it tells me where to move the paint to next. Painting is a meditation/prayer for me. It keeps me connected to my source of life. It is my reason for living. It’s the thing I came here to experience.

It’s not easy to describe the creative process. Personally, I think this is because we the artists are merely the channel through which the creative energy passes. It’s a trance state in it’s purest form. I don’t know any other way to say it! So there you go! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my ramblings! Sign up for blog updates up in the upper right corner of this page. 🙂

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I can see the light….

..at the end of the proverbial tunnel! I have one blank canvas left to fill. Just in time! My deadline is November 20, so I technically have over two weeks left. There is still work to do once the painting is done, I have to finish and put hangers on. I am finishing them with my usual metal tape, not sure yet if they will be embossed or left plain. Time will tell. Here are a few images of the most recent paintings;

original oil painting

almost done! 12 x12″ oil on canvas

yinyang original oil painting

untitled for now, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, almost done!

yin yang original oil painting

another work in progress, 30 x 30″ oil on canvas, this one is just getting started!

yinyang original oil painting

untitled, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, this one is complete but hasn’t found it’s name yet.

 

Three Weeks to go…tick tock!

Eternal love original oil painting

“Eternal Love, 30 x 30” oil on canvas, work in progress for my December show.

I love this frenzied mode of painting!

Working on two to three paintings at the same time

Waiting for paint to dry

While staring at another blank canvas

original oil painting

work in the beginning stages, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas

At the beginning ideas were slow

The muse was sleepy

She’s wide awake and singing out loud now!

Singing Out Loud original oil painting

“Singing Out Loud”, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, work in progress for my December show