Patti Edmon Altered Attic: 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Abstract Reality

In times of frustration I feel that I've painted a million pieces and am still not where I want to be. So, I recently joined psychiatrist and abstract artist Nancy Hillis' Artist's Journey. It costs more than I can afford but I reasoned that art is the blood flowing through my veins and short supply means certain annihilation. 

Looking back through my photos, I was surprised to see that I've only been 'abstract' for just over a year. As that realization settled, I started to feel justified, happy even, about my progress. And these pieces, done over the past few weeks (along with 30+ others), really are just the beginning.

Before starting this new, deeper journey with Dr. Hillis, I was focused on fewer, more layered paintings that might look good in an office or over a sofa. I don't know about you, but having a sofa in my creative vision blocks a whole lot of authenticity.

I still love these paintings but I'm surprised I didn't snap brushes by holding them so tight. I thought I was painting loosely until I 'attacked' the paper with a stressed-out vengeance. Subconscious marks and color hit the paper before I could stop and think. Yes, I said stop and think. Thinking has been the hallmark of my art career. I'd like to create works that people would love to have hanging in their homes. Or offices. But the paintings have to come from the origin - behind the sofa.

The benefits of painting nearly every day are a million-fold. It yields an abundance of expression and experimentation - and a few trash can liners. Turn up the music and let the paint fly - the frustration is gone!
I'm very interested to hear your experiences and ideas that are useful along the path toward letting go and letting it fly! And check out Nancy Hillis - she's a wise veteran for sure. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Crowns - in Linus Gallery's Abstract Art Exhibit

Painting my heart out, painting out loud, painting outside the lines... so many ways to express intuitive painting. Over the past several months I've been totally into abstract. My love for color is deep and each layer of every painting tells a different part of the story.

Crowns 24x36 acrylic on gallery canvas, my favorite painting ever, was accepted for Linus Gallery's Abstract Exhibit and I couldn't be more thrilled. This (and most all other) was inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat... not his work so much as his approach to painting. Let it fly! Dig down to that primal place where the real essence resides - otherwise known as 'flow'.

I'm not using Facebook, searching for galleries, sending my work out. I don't know, it has been a personal process, and OK, so I have hundreds of paintings!! Next step is to do the thing - you know, website, social media schedule, etc. etc.  Have you done that yet? Wow, so daunting. And time consuming! And I really do want to send my work out into the world. There are so many successful artists as examples of what can happen. I find it very interesting that selling art online has become its own business - so many workshops, books, podcasts, webinars - all about getting followers, likes, sales, etc. - it's exhausting to think about. 

I'd love to hear about your progress, plan, success... please tell me! Also, I'd love for you to check out more recent work:

Love, blessings and hope. Always hope!


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