All the arts are related, right? I’ve been working on my voice.
For a long time, I painted and drew because I liked to. Never a real direction as to what I wanted to do or what I wanted “to say”. Although I love to create pretty pictures, I had been looking to change things up a bit to make images my own. Find my voice.
The past six months I started to hone where I wanted to go. I’m drawn to high contrast with strong composition, throw in some vivid colors. Less interest in subject and more in the composition.
I was really charged about exploring these interests earlier this year by trying different viewpoints (up close, aerial, etc…) and more color, but seem to have ventured away from that recently.
It wasn’t until I stumbled onto the photography website of my friend Eric Tobias that it clicked how I had strayed. He’s got a great eye for composition with strong shapes and values. His color photographs also have a richness about them as well.
Turns out you can find a spur in unexpected places; thanks Eric. Seeing the work of other artists can spark change in yourself.
I may not make it to Hollywood in the next installment of American Idol, but I like to think my voice is getting clearer with every painting. Stay tuned.
Images © Eric Tobias, Stairway and Round & Round