Feeling lost with abstract painting.

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Making abstract art is very different than painting something with a representational image. First of all abstract painting is more about mark-making, color, patterns, design principles and creating differences and then responding to them. Metaphorically the process is more like walking in a thick forest and having an idea about where you would like to go but worrying that you might be lost rather than walking a path with a set out starting point and a destination. I find when I am working on an abstract painting there is always a moment when I look at my painting and I am not sure what to do next, or I think it looks like a horrible mess and then I wish I had taken up nursing instead of being an artist. This is when  I try something and it makes things worse rather than better. I find this is the time to take a break and go do something completely different like go for a walk, have a cup of tea, make lunch or read an art book. I find when I step away for a while and try not to think about my painting invariably I get an idea on how to move forward with it and it begins to turn a corner. The more paintings I create the more I realize this is part of the painting process but even with this realization I still experience that moment of anxiety that is followed by panic but I also have learnt to trust that an idea will come that will help me to resolve it.

Mixed Medium 16x20 Mo Hamilton

Theater Mixed Medium
Mo Hamilton

Author: Mo Hamilton

I use the symbols and vibrant colors of naïve art - a language we can share and understand - to communicate an inward vision. As an artist, I obtain my inspiration from the external world around me, but reveal in my paintings the internal world of my imagination. By reducing my images to their essential elements, I can bring simplicity, myth, and the primal, to my explorations of limits and boundaries with the intent of moving beyond them. Recently, I have worked on a series of paintings that explore the soul’s journey. I have followed my vision to places I had not intended to go allowing my intuition to guide me. I have found power in words and incorporated them in my work; I have used collage and montage to go places I had not been before, while the triptych has allowed me to explore edges and opposites, parts of the whole. I use life story as the dark, rich compost to generate new creation and have in my most recent paintings worked more intuitively than ever before.

One thought on “Feeling lost with abstract painting.

  1. Really enjoyed your post, and painting, Mo!!


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