Artist Statement – Abstract Paintings

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!


Most of my inspiration for “Abstract Painting” comes from how I feel.  Feelings that have been evoked by situations experienced throughout my life.  Great family moments, career experiences, traveling adventures, current local and world events and then my very inner personal thoughts are the feelings that I use to create each abstract painting.

Colour & shape play a major part in my paintings.  They assist me in communicating the story I am trying to tell.  Colours and shapes become a way of expressing an emotion and/or thought.  When they are all brought together within the painting, it becomes a journey of communication between the viewer and me, the painter.   I really enjoy using both these processes when painting.

I often take photos for inspiration and spend some time thinking about the painting before sketching up the final outline onto the canvas.  Mostly all the colours within the painting I have already worked out in my mind.  But I do allow for progressive inspiration should the painting look like it could do with further input.  The ultimate goal is to ensure I have communicated the story I wanted to tell…

Example:  Here below is a good example of how I have used colour and shape to tell a story within a painting:-

Abstract Art

I was photographed by the Herald Sun at TAC’s ‘Picture This’ Exhibition in 2010 at Federation Square, Melbourne – Australia.  The photo features:  Painting No. 45A – ‘The Life of Our Son Ben‘ in the foreground; Painting No. 45B – “The Death of Our Son Ben” in the background to the left with Painting No. 45C – “The Loss of Our Son Ben” in the background to the right.  This was the very first time I had shown my paintings to the public.  It was a very emotional experience shared by family, friends and other artists who had experienced road trauma.  NB:  These paintings can be viewed with each of their painting stories, under the tab ‘Abstract Painting Portfolio’ in 2010.  Also further information on TAC’s Picture This Exhibition 2010 can be found under the tab ‘Artist Exhibitions’ in 2010.

NB:  If you wish to view paintings/stories – please go to the ‘Abstract Painting Portfolio‘ drop down tab which will give you the choice of being able to view all paintings/stories either as a “Portfolio Overview” or by each year.

CONCLUSION:

The process of painting, painting story writing and digital photo painting has offered me a way of expressing thoughts and emotions which can be difficult to say out loud.  I also came to understanding that art can be a very powerful way of communicating with others.  Therapy via art – gave me a voice…

My art therapy journey has been an important part of recent years and still will be an important part in years to come.  I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey, will inspire others, to take up art therapy to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times.  Art Therapy has brought me now to a much better place where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day.  As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being.  I hope you will join me!

 


© Karen Robinson, February 2014

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

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