I have always figured that every painting that I created would be from a sketch or at least from a plan that I had in my mind. I did not imagine that I could paint any other way… until recently. I have been open to exploring a different way to create lately and its all thanks to a video I discovered on Youtube. The video featured an artist by the name of Mel McCuddin. I loved his process for creating his paintings, which basically involved no plan or sketch. I was amazed at how he would create the background on canvas and then stand back to see or study the background to see what image comes to him. Once he “found” the image in the background… he created the painting. It was usually something different every time. I could relate because I have always been able to “see” images in patterns, the clouds, just about anything. My mind was blown! I had to try Mr. McCuddin’s method, and so began my love affair for creating freestyle. I still love creating from a sketch but, I feel my art in its purest form is best displayed in my freestyle way of creating.
What do you think? Do you create with a plan in mind or on paper? Or, do you “go with the flow” when it comes to creating art?
This painting called “Mystery” was one of the first pieces that I ever created from a sketch. I absolutely love bringing my sketches to life through painting. At first, I wanted the colors to be neutral with browns, black, greys, etc…but I found myself at the last minute wanting color and lots of it. Bright, bold colors does this piece well but, I do plan to do a painting in the same fashion with neutral colors. I am not sure why I named this painting “Mystery”. I think it had to do with the cloaks they are wearing. The mystery behind the woman who wears the cloak is what I find so beautiful. I tend to draw/paint women with cloaks and long dresses. There is something about the modesty of it. But on the other hand, I also love to draw the nude body. I, too, find that beautiful. That’s how we came into the world and that’s how God originated us to be. I’m at both ends of the spectrum I guess..either fully clothed or unashamedly naked…my artwork swings both ways and I love it that way. All or nothing. 🙂
Even as a child I loved to draw. I was picked on and bullied in school quite a bit because of my visual disability. It did not take me long to realize that a lot of peace that I felt came from creating a drawing. I used to love to run and show my mother anything I would draw. I did not really tell others about my talent but every now and then a teacher would get wind of it, and then I found myself being recruited for art projects for school such as Black History Month displays and school play backgrounds.
For a long time, even well into adulthood, my first love was graphite pencil and colored pencils. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take an oil painting class….that was over 10 years ago. I fell in love with using this medium for a short time. For years after that I would go a long time between graphite drawings and oil paintings…only creating here and there and every now and then. About two years ago I had a lot of free time on my hands because I was unemployed, so I picked up my graphite pencil and sketchbook again. To my surprise, a passion that I had not felt quite as strongly before erupted inside me. I literally could not put my art down and I could not stop creating. I have been on fire for my work ever since.
I have explored all kinds of different mediums for my artwork. Graphite pencil will probably always be my absolute favorite. I have recently rediscovered my love for painting… this time with acrylic paints. I am also fond of watercolor paint. I cannot stop painting…I absolutely love it! I am excited to share and sell my work. My artwork is my heart and soul poured on paper/canvas. Every creation is a piece of me. They are rarely just random paintings, but instead, are real experiences, visions, and dreams that I have been given by the Lord. Through my words and artwork, my Godly mission is to inspire, uplift, and encourage one heart at a time.