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December 26, 2020 39 min
Abstract artists are sometimes stereotyped as uninhibited people who slap paint down in direct response to strong emotion. But this idea is far from accurate. While many abstract painters do aim to express emotion and mood, their approaches vary widely --from spontaneous to highly controlled. And even the most intuitive artists need to thoughtfully consider their use of the visual elements and design principles. Today we will look at painting abstractly as an expression of emotion, mood, remembrance, or other states of mind. While we may think of abstract expressionist painters of the mid-20th c. as being the epitome of emotion-based work, with their bold brushwork, huge scale, and lots of color and contrast, they may simply be the most obvious. The very name of the movement, abstract expressionism, implies painting with abandon and feeling. But expressing emotion, and working in a very loose, spontaneous way are not necessarily the same. If we think emotional work should look gestural and loose, we may fail to really see the emotion in other work that is much more subtle in its effects. A restrained way of working emphasizes that as people, not all of our emotions are out there, easy to read. There can be depths of emotion and even spirituality to more austere work. The degree of personal emotion that we express in overt ways is an aspect of personal voice and also of where we are in our learning process. Beginners don't yet have the skills that help open the channels to inner experience. Creating paintings that connect with your own feelings or inner experience and at the same time with that of your viewers can be very challenging, Over-thinking, shielding our feelings even from ourselves, and settling for half-measures when we could be pushing the expressive aspects of scale, color, and mark-making can all stand in the way. But recognizing what is powerful in our work in subjective ways is a good step toward opening the channels of emotional expression, whether in subtle ways or bold. Website mentioned in today's episode: www.richarddavidson.com We are approaching the end of the year, which means whoever prepares your taxes is about to tell you to spend money on tax deductable items for your art business... When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick ​ Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and to Albi Ulat for donating via PayPal. If you would like your own shoutout on the podcast donate here (https://www.paypal.com/donate?token=Yyrf7Ht1DYfkYzAaWNoW8zuvCpTryLYsxY2VAj4qGZ3o2o4F7xHGv4VmDDef7kFxuvbgpz_z4jUa-z7F). ​ Cold Wax Academy (formerly Squeegee Press) would like everyone who enjoys using their special cold wax tools to know that all sizes of SP Create squeegees are back in stock! Rebecca and her partner Jerry McLaughlin are also launching their online live learning sessions as part of the new membership program, and all sessions will be recorded for future viewing by members. For more information, and to become a member of Cold Wax Academy please visit their website at http://www.coldwaxacademy.com and click on the Membership button. ​ Have an art related product, service, or event you would like to advertise on the Messy Studio Podcast? Email Ross at rticknor.core@gmail.com (mailto:rticknor.core@gmail.com) for current mid-roll advertising rates. ​ For more from The Messy Studio: www.messystudiopodcast.com www.facebook.com/messystudiopodcast ​ For more from Rebecca Crowell: www.rebeccacrowell.com www.coldwaxacademy.com ​ The Messy Studio Podcast is a CORE Publication MGMT production.
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