My love for painting abstract artwork surprised me as much as it did everyone else. The process was contrary to my logical and methodical approach to whatever I set my mind to. With abstract work I was able to cut loose and just let the paint flow without regard for being “right” or “wrong.”
Probably the most lasting effect of my years of painting abstract artwork is how I initially approach a project. Many people can feel intimidated by a blank sheet of paper or canvas. Just like taking the first steps of a journey … usually those first are the most difficult. But what I’ve found, particularly when painting abstract artwork, is that by simply laying down some quick washes of color or splattering the paper with ink or other marks I have a starting point. You have to just dive in to whatever it is you’re doing if you want to make progress. Planning and preparing is great, but sometimes people spend so much time getting ready to do a thing that they never actually start.