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Friday, October 4, 2013

Exploring the dark side.

An actor loves a juicy role, playing a villain, or some other dark character. An artist also likes to delve into the intense and the darker parts of the psyche. In my case, I've recently been exploring my more intense reactions to the world around me through painting. I find it therapeutic to purge my anger, anxiety, frustration, and pain onto the canvas. I also like the results. It's the energy in that moment that I'm after.
 Pretty paintings are nice, but frankly, they can get boring. I'd much rather find  beauty in the unexpected. I'm no longer going to worry about what people will think when I paint this way. It's one of the perks of getting older, realizing that you should do what excites you, and it will in turn, excite the viewer. Whenever you paint to the market, or to what you think people will buy ( yawn, match the drapes artwork ) there is something missing.

 What's missing is what sets you aside as an artist.....