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Old 09-22-2017, 12:15 PM
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Long Hiatus -- Wanting to Return

I painted for many years, then, the last year I seemed to peter out. I don't know why, but it could have been health reasons. My health has not been as good as it used to be. I tire easily. Pain issues. I began writing instead so I could sit.

I would like to incorporate painting back into my life but not sure where to start. I used to sketch plein air but I'm unmotivated by this. I think about making abstract paintings. Do people plan or sketch abstracts beforehand? I have some in mind but not sure if I should dive right in -- paint onto canvas.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:05 PM
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Re: Long Hiatus -- Wanting to Return

what's your normal medium?
should you be trying a new medium?
are you a detail person or a messy chaos person?
have you tried a monochromatic piece? maybe some kind of a home grown still life set up would get you started, warmed up to painting again.
abstract is Vast and Everyone does it a little bit differently, but i'd recommend a gentle compositional guide before you start aimlessly winging paint around a canvas [tho you Could get lucky doing it that way.]

welcome to WC! i look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Old 09-22-2017, 03:12 PM
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Re: Long Hiatus -- Wanting to Return

Hello La. Thank you for the welcome. Is that "la" like in singing a note? Or L.A., like you are from Southern Cali?

I have tried some abstract before and have studied it more than I have made any. I love all the post War expressionists mostly up to the present day, and the masters from the Blue Reiters group and Bahaus.

My regular media is oil on canvas or panel. I am also comfortable with watercolor. The abstract work I have done in the distant past was collage. It looked more like Modern art than "abstract" art. I would like to paint abstract/Modern though.

To answer your other question, I am not messy. I have tried to be, but I can't do it. LOL!

Thank you for your suggestions. They are giving me inspiration.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:13 PM
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Re: Long Hiatus -- Wanting to Return

as Nike says, "Just Do It"

the processes/mediums/styles are personal anyway, you'll figure out what works for you and what becomes your favourites/inspires you the most - have fun.

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Re: Long Hiatus -- Wanting to Return

I second that. Experiment, look around. You will find what you want to do.
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