Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Expressionism Experiment

I've been working through a self-guided course in Expressive Drawing. This is basically glorified scribbling which, easy as it sounds, can be rather difficult. Especially for a control freak like me. But that's exactly why I've been doing it: to shed a bit of my control-freakishness and grow as a person and artist. As soon as I started doing the drawings, I knew I wanted to do some expressive painting.

I got together with a friend who mixes dubstep in his garage (huge shop, really) to do this experiment because it had the right kind of atmosphere for me to get in the expressive zone: dark, loud music, lots of space, able to get messy... All the things my regular painting space isn't. Here's what came out of that night:

Acrylic on canvas, 48"x36"

"Shadows And Light"
Acrylic on fabric, 30"x30" (appx)

I always listen to music when I paint, but it was so different being there. There was no detachment; the music was as much a part of what I was doing as the paint, or the oxygen I was breathing for that matter. I swear I could have filled eight canvases with the creative energy I was feeling in that environment. Which just means I'll have to do it again sometime - and bring more canvases!

Original fine art by Vancouver, Washington based artist Jamie Lutz Carroll. Buy acrylic paintings, ink and gouache illustrations, limited edition archival prints, and custom and commissioned artwork.

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