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Re-envisioning My Life and Art

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

Most of my life, in spite of my bipolar ups and downs, I've felt indestructible--living as if there would always be time to revise and start over.  But when your partner dies, you come up to death in a close and personal way that helps you to understand just how short life is.

For me, lately, this has changed the way I look at my art.  I don't feel as protective of it, or of my reputation as an artist.  I feel freer to paint for my self.  I feel freer to abandon older paintings that don't speak to me any more. 

Painting has always provided a means of jumpstarting myself out of a depression.  Even when the depression itself doesn't lift, the fact of making art helps me to keep on keeping on. 

Today I took an older painting that had seen its day, and repainted it.  Here's the original:

  Entropy, 36" x 36" acrylic on canvas.

I began with white, covering over large areas of the canvas.  Then I blended in raw sienna, burnt sienna, and burnt umber, painting quickly and blending as I did.

Finally, I drew lines in black, feathering and blending them with a brush.  At this point, the original painting glows beneath the over-painting, lending color tones and texture. 

  Entropy Two, 36" x 36" acrylic on canvas.

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