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The Secret To Becoming An Artist

Original Drawing By Andrew Gable

 

My Expressive Period.

Throughout my process as an artist my style of the work I do has shifted, changed, and evolved. In retrospect I can begin to see specific phases and stages of the development of my art, and within that I can see the particular “values” that I was holding during those years that ultimately ended up shaping and forming the work. One such “value” that I see in looking back over the artwork that I have created during the years that is quite a prominent thread running throughout almost all my work is the point of “Expression”. Now in one period in particular I can see this point of expression was quite dominant and andrew gable artI held to be of the utmost importance when I created my work. I remember during this time that I would never pre-plan anything. My focus at the time was simply “creating in the moment” as a result I would be preparing my canvases and I would have no idea what I wanted to paint, but that this was done on purpose, and as such it was a kind of a rule. So, the rule, was that “I have no rules”, lol. This aspect has changed throughout the years, but I still do see it existing within me and it still does come up in the creating of my work in varying degrees. I can never recreate work I did in the past. It was specific to my beliefs, values, and situation at the time. My theory during my ‘Expressive Period’ was that I couldn’t use “I don’t know what to paint” as an excuse not to do art. In fact this reminds me of a very influential statement I read when I was around 16 or 17 years old that struck a chord within me and that would in a lot of ways serve as inspiration, direction and motivation for my art in the proceeding years, and even today, this statement I read at that time is still a part of me.

original drawing by andrew gableThe statement came from an Italian Renaissance workshop by way of conversation between the Master artist and his curious apprentice. Perhaps maybe the inquiry of a young Michelangelo or Leonardo. The young artist was curious about what made a great artist and what the secret was. The Masters response was grounded, and sober. “Draw Every Day Without Fail”…..When I read this, I stopped in my tracks. I realized the simplicity of becoming effective at art or anything that one wants to do. This statement was so inspiring to me and supported me during my early development and beyond which in part was why I adapted a way of working where I would not allow “not having good ideas” as a reason or justification to not create art.

 

So I would simply paint, whether I had a ‘good’ idea or not, or no idea at all. This allowed me to move through drawings that were very much free-flowing and expressive.

As adults we tend to get stuck in patterns, and hardened into routines and ways of being and doing things where if you observe a child, they are much more free and expressive and not so hung up on if what they are doing is right or wrong or what other people think about it, they just express, unconditionally, and so for me during my expressive period, my art was unconditional in a way, I was just exploring and expressing as an artist.

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Winter Landscape Painting

 

I have just returned from 2 days of landscape painting.

I have decided to keep this practice going as I find it to be beneficial on many levels.

One of the primary beneficial aspects of this is it support in the development of my “formal understanding” so to speak of painting.

when I am at home working on other more ‘conceptual work in my studio I have what I learned while landscape painting in terms of the “rules” of painting, color theory, etc coming in and ‘grounding’ what I am doing in the studio. So in a way Landscape painting becomes a form of a base to my Artwork.

Obviously there is more to it than that but that is one benefit I have found that comes through within doing “on site” or “en plein air” Landscape Paintings.

So this weekend I went out to a farm that is waaaaayyyyy out in the country…they don’t even have cell reception! My plan was to “Paint Snow!”

I have never really taken on this Challenge of painting snow and actually have found I have more of an “Anxiety” in relation to doing this. I have found that previously my snow paintings never seemed to work out…I would find the actual painting of the Snow part quite tough.

So as I am getting some New Paintings going the point is simply HERE to take on this point. Normally in the past I have waited until the summer/spring to do my landscape painting and would just skip the winter so atm I have decided to rather take this point on and get outside (warm clothes included) and do some en plein air painting.