What's the best way to teach yourself how to paint without formal training, just freestyling it, and to be original in your own work? To find originality I believe life experiences is the best way to teach yourself without influence from other painting styles. Just do what feels right and discover your uniqueness.
In teaching myself to paint I'm using what I've learned from personal experience. Mixing what I've learned from school in English, Behavioral Science, the Fine Arts, and working as a Technical Design Specialist will be an interesting way to learn how to paint.
As I'm painting I'm documenting everything by writing about it using similar techniques learned from work and school. I'm drawing upon techniques from school in completing an assignment and from work as in completing a project. Documenting is a common procedure acquired from research in behavioral science and from working in R&D (Research & Development) in an engineering collaboration.
It'll be an interesting journey in search of finding style and technique and the psychology behind the art. My teacher is my life-long experience.
All my life I have been an artist by heart and designer by trade. As an artist I would attempt to create things that are aesthetically pleasing to look at, then realizing that expression of my art communicates a theme, culture, and an essence of my inner self. This raised a flag in my thoughts and became a key indicator when creating my art. What does the image I'm creating convey to the viewer? That's when I looked at art as a means of communication.
I develop my art as a statement, an expression of myself to capture imagination of the viewer to decipher the art in their own way. To be creative and journey beyond limits to achieve raw expression.
I choose a style of subjective abstract, why? Because I believe abstract promotes creativity, imagination, and critical thought. That's the whole purpose of my efforts in painting. Always in search of capturing something new, unique, and thought provoking.
What do I mean by this? Well here's an example, remember the Star Trek series on television back in the 60s? In the series they used communicators to contact each other. It was a hand held device they flipped open to talk into. That example inspired young engineers to create the smartphone we use today. The writers back then had no idea what the future would look like. The writers are the creative artists and the hand held communicator they conjured up is metaphorically the raw expression. That raw expression today is the smart phone.
Like Albert Einstein once said "Logic will take from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." I want to create art to inspire imagination.
So how can you create art that inspires out of box thinking and yet be your original style? What kind of message can a painting project that promotes creativity? I think the answer is in abstract subjectivity. A style that mirrors the personality of the artist's mood. A design that stimulates imagination and promotes culture.
Raw expression, just like Star Trek, is to go where no one has gone before, hahaha. And have fun, of course, doing it.
I often say that there's nothing artistic about design. This coming from a guy who has worked as a techie for 40 years in the Silicon Valley. Design is responsible for technique and style. Design is the tool that shapes an artist's uniqueness.
As a noun; Design is the process structure of creating Art.
As a verb; The thinking process of developing Art.
Design is the system of innovation that defines an artist.
The Design is the structure of the painting. For example here the design structure is blocks of images, that's the design. From there the process of shapes and colors are added which creates the art. Colors, shapes, images, can represent moods, emotions, personality, and create an environment for the viewer to enter and explore, a theme of sorts.
The most difficult stage of the design process is in initiating the design to create Art.
I like to have fun when I'm creating a painting. I want my pictures to project happy feelings, to be festive, and to keep the viewer guessing and exploring. I like to create blocks of pictures and merge them, overlap them, and go off on another tangent with them.
I want my paintings to be fun and full of life so my thoughts need to reflect what I feel is best of being alive, so vibrant blends of bright colors, mixed with subjective images, expressing a theme that needs to be determined by the viewers in their own way.
Acrylic versus Oil painting: The style I'm developing is in cause and effect of the paint medium. I choose acrylic because it dries faster and cheaper than oil. Being a starving artist any savings helps. With the rate of the paint as it dries I find myself blending the paints on a palette before applying a blend on canvas. I believe with oil I can get a certain blended shading effect and the technique I develop with oil paint, I'm sure, will change my way of painting.
So I choose acrylic and find myself adding solid colors to the canvas and painting on top of the color with another color to create an effect. This in place of blending the paint on canvas, since it dries much faster. I usually start with a dark background and paint a brighter color on top as you can see in this painting with brighter color lines to create an effect of hair on the dog, palm trees in the background, and grass using vertical lines.
From discovering this I've developed a sequential way of doing things and created a technique.
As I talk and write about technique in my art I draw upon my past experience in CAD. Computer Aided Design in the digital world is more forgiving than painting. In the digital way of doing things you can easily undo and redo the design. When painting, once you put the brush down it's permanent, and the best you can do is improvise the design to your liking.
In most digital graphics programs like Autocad and Adobe Illustrator, there is a feature called layers where you can put images on different layers that you can turn off and on as you please while working on the design. With painting you can only go forward and any images have to be thought out sequentially. Layers can be used but in a linear-forward moving fashion.
So my technique consists of using layers in sequence; first, layer one is the background colors, then layer two is the images like the rooster, hen, dog, butterfly, and cats, then layer three is the bushes and leaves, then layer four is the lines within color boundaries around the images on the background.
The technique involves creating lines and/or dots of a brighter color on top of the solid color to create an effect, as mentioned before. That's the technique I created.
I often talk about Raw Expression,- it is originality. Style is personalized to the artist's way of doing things. The artist's uniqueness. To create style one must dig deep into oneself and figure out how the art will communicate personal originality. This is where you reach beyond your boundaries to capture your raw expression. Once raw expression has been achieved then consistency must be passed down from painting to painting to establish your way of doing things. This is your style.
I like to think of my style being spiritual to capture the essence of my inner self. So I like to project a healthy style that generates creativity, imagination and critical thinking. Go beyond any style that already exists and share a new way of looking at things. I would like to capture the imagination of the viewer by conjuring up an environment of original creativity.
Tell a story with art and give the viewer an imaginary environment to explore.
Composition: A work of art
Art can capture your frame of mind. You can use art to express your feelings. Good or bad those feelings are documented for you to go back and remember how you felt at that time, and how you dealt with it, and compare it to how you feel now. Art is a way of facing those feelings, to get those negative feelings out of your system.
Regardless of how you paint, the act of painting can be a good stress reliever. If your hurt and feel violent, aggressive painting can help you get those feelings out of your system. If you are nervous and anxious, easy painting with slow strokes can calm you down. Color selection can dictate mood. Don't worry about making mistakes just keep painting use bright colors to cheer yourself up.
The beginning. Teaching myself to paint. Finding out where I stand with my painting capability. Hawaii environment inspired art. Gecko, Honu (turtle), Nene, (Hawaii state bird), Monk seal.
Hawaiian culture inspired. Environment does affect the imagination of the artist.
Fascination with the ocean influenced by my environment in Hawaii. Hawaii ocean inspired, mahi mahi, Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (Hawaii state fish) also known as a Reef Jumper, and a coral floor.
Searching for technique, having fun with expressions and color.
Exploring the limits, going beyond and reaching for something new. Abstract masturbation.
More art masturbation. Honing in on my style and technique. Style= Subjective Abstract, and technique is using lines and dots inside of outlines and color boundries.