I am continuing to work on being more painterly, and trying to rely less and less on having to have line define the image. I am really enjoying the challenge and the process. 11”x 8”, acrylic on wood. © 2019 David Limrite
“The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.”
Emil Nolde, Artist
OK. Here is another revelation I experienced for myself the other day.
I realized that I paint better when I rely on, and trust, my instincts. Rather than be concerned with, and worried about, all the rules. By “all the rules”, I mean composition, color, technique, design. etc.
I am not saying that color and composition are not important. Because they are.
It’s just that I think my paintings are better when I focus on content, message, mood, emotion, drama, and of course, process.Rather than all of the formal qualities of art.
If I focus on the things I want to focus on, I find that color and composition, naturally take care of themselves. They instinctively come into play even when I do not consciously focus on them.
Now, I realize that this approach requires some level of confidence on the artists part. So, if you are not confident with color or composition, then, by all means, focus on improving in those areas. Take a color class so that you don’t have to be consciously thinking about color while you are painting.
All I can tell you is that this approach allows me to be more creative, take more risks and have more fun while I am standing in front of the easel.