Before there’s a house, there’s an empty patch of land. Before there’s a book, there’s a blank page. Before there’s a painting, there’s a white canvas.
But bridging the gap from white canvas to finished painting is no easy
task, especially for abstract art. Imagine staring at a blank paper or
white canvas, paintbrush at the ready, and not knowing where to start.
Sound challenging? Even seasoned and acclaimed abstract painter Patou
So how does she handle the challenge? Patou says that she starts by
thinking long and hard about the colors that strike her when she “sees
them in nature or in someone’s eyes.” She has to pull up the emotions
from deep within her, then use the most powerful colors to help her
funnel those feelings onto her canvas.
Abstract painting is always a risk, but it’s always worth it. “You need
to sometimes control your surge without losing your audacity,” says
Patou of how she goes about the process of abstract painting. “It’s an
exhausting trip, but so rewarding.”
When you’ve pulled up your deepest emotions and put them on canvas,
you’ve given away a little piece of yourself. It’s draining, and
sometimes a little hard to part with this mark you’ve left on the world.
But your painting now has a life of its own, ready to carry on your
legacy with it forever. This is art.
Patou Artist Blog
Not as Easy as it Looks: The Process of Abstract Painting
Tuesday, July 21, 2009