Opening the mind up to creating good art

Opening the mind up to creating good art

I’m always interested to hear about art, and psychology, and of course when the two are used in conjunction with each other, even more so. Earlier on today I happened to stop and have a chat with a neighbour and we exchanged plesantries about Christmas and families as women are wont to do at this time of year “Are you ready for Christmas then?” will always open a flood gate of response from any woman in December.

We talked about all generations of family and how they enjoy Christmas, and then got onto food, and being creative. She knows I am an artist, and mentioned about her son Oliver who has shown no interest in art or drawing and when he is learning with other children or on his own. She then told me that she had taken him to a “rhythm and art” session and explained how it progressed. There were two musicians in the room one with a guitar, and various objects in the room too. When Oliver picked up a red ball and rolled it, the guitarist played a tune that corresponded totally with the speed and length the ball rolled, so when Oliver rolled it fast, the music was fast, when it was rolled slowly the music was slow. The session went on for some time, music being the accompaniment to all they did, and at the end of it, the children were shown a large roll of paper laid out on tabstract emotionshe floor and encouraged to go along to it. There were lovely soft pastel crayons there with the paper and the children started drawing naturally, including Oliver who easily picked up a crayon and drew and drew, large flowing colours and shapes. Drawing stuff he had never shown any interest in before and obviously enjoyed doing. I was fascinated when she told me this, and questioned what he drew, was it specific things like houses, people, and animals? Or was it more abstract shapes like when you’re doodling? She said it was abstract shapes, nothing specific, and I smiled as I had presumed exactly that reply. The music had opened his mind up, to create the wonderfully flowing art. I told her with a smile that when I’m painting I have specific dance and rock music with a good solid beat  that I love to listen to that opens my mind up, and helps me to paint better, quicker, and work more on intuition than sitting there stilted in silence (like some artists do!). For me music adds to the sensual approach to art, all the senses open to making art and being involved in its creation… feel…. sound….taste……….smell….sight…….  And I told her about the time I went to a workshop and the tutor got the pupils to paint an image that related to one strong emotion. And then think of one, just one, colour that related to that emotion, and add it to our abstract sketches, that had really shown me the use of line, colour, and opening the mind up to depicting it.

So, I could totally relate to what she was telling me.

I smiled and said I wondered if Oliver would do it again, alone at home with her, with some music that has a good beat to it, a pop song he likes to dance to. She smiled and said she’d try it and see how he reacted to it.

The thing that I find absolutely fascinating about the tale of Oliver finding his hidden depths to creating abstract art is down to one thing in particular.

His age. He’s three.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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