What Our Painted Images Represent

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What Do Your Paintings Represent

Every painting you make represents you. One of my favorite quotes came from Willie Nelson when he asked this question of Nora Jones,”If all we knew of you was your work (art work) would be know you.” Our representations are limited to imitation, creation, or a combination of the two. . The things we observe or the images we imagine.

My painted images represent:

The people, places, or things I see.

My emotional response to people, places or things. Not what they look like, but how I feel about them.

My search for a uniquely personal mark. These so called “marks” my be in the form of large flat color field shapes, short gestural color marks, hard edge clear shapes, drips and loose edge shapes, marks made with metal edges rules, or whatever makes you smile.

My ability to create emotional moods-mystery, loneliness, joy, fear, etc.

My depiction of atmospheric conditions; rain, snow, cloudy, sunny, etc.

Images intended to honor an event of historical note (Vietnam Memorial).

An exploration of line, color, texture, or shapes.

A desire for recognition in the form of money or fame, as in getting into the American Watercolor Society and selling many pictures.

My belief that art should be unique to the person who makes it, not look like anybody else’s, and always pushing the envelop of traditions and conformity.

Take a few minutes to check off the answers that are most true for you. If , after reviewing your answers, you are happy with who you are— congratulations. If not, what are you going to do to change “What Your Art Represents”.

"Two Doors" 22" x 30" Mixed Media on Paper

The”Door” series represents the many physiological and physical response I have to these openings. Doors keep us out, keep others out, are our portal to security. They represent fear as well as joy. As I explore all aspects of “Doorness” new posssibilites and ideas continue to show up.

Skip Lawrence

Skip Lawrence

I love everything about painting. I love feeling the paint, seeing a rich color spread under my brush onto a surface, and the play between colors coming together. I love watching my idea take form until a painting finally says “it” and I am surprised and delighted every time. I love sharing my art and knowing that someone is moved by it.