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Staying Creative in 2020

Abstract paintings by Sharon Pierce McCullough

On all fronts, 2020 continues to be an unprecedented year. It is also difficult to maintain a creative outlook during this time. Personally, I have been extremely distracted and have to make myself stay focused, to a degree, that is. My sculpture practice started out with a nice thrust, however, as the days have lingered on, I find my focus is further from sculpture than it is with painting.

Painting, especially since I work in abstracts, has been easier for me to work at on most days. I seem to be churning out paintings, primarily on unstretched canvases. And my desire to continually experiment with techniques, color and process have increased at this time. I seem to have started a few new series, however.

One of the most difficult things about staying creative during this pandemic is the fact that all the art fairs, galleries and other art opportunities have fallen by the wayside for now. Many exhibitions have been cancelled and some are now being rescheduled, but time will tell if this continues. So, without the ability to sell, other than online, it is discouraging to many artists. It is certainly a time of possibility to reinvent yourself and your art direction, but much is so up in the air.

But … I am hopeful and I am happy that I can continue to stay creative. 2020 feels like a bust but it might be a blessing in disguise as far as creativity goes!

Large Canvas Paintings

Since November 2019, I have started working on a new series of large paintings on canvas. Although it can present a challenge, it is a very freeing experience. It’s hard to go back to small but the expense and room needed to continue to create large format canvases can make it difficult. But I am a big believer of the old adage “Go Big or Go Home!” It’s that time in my life to pursue big!

These large abstract paintings are still colorful but I have added a twist of random, gestural lines rather than my intuitive line work. Titled my Constellation series, these paintings feature fun, yet whimsical images that I define constellations one might find in the galaxy. It’s a surreal representation of reality.

Lyrical Abstract Paintings

Lyrical abstract paintings

Abstract Paintings

Sometimes it is difficult to put one’s paintings into a category.  Although my work can be defined as abstract, it can also be defined as intuitive.  Intuitive,  meaning that there is no plan when I start the painting process.  I just dip my brush and go.  But there is another defining feature about my paintings and that is the free-flowing lines with a palette of happy colors.  These can be termed lyrical abstracts.

Lyrical Abstraction Paintings

Lyrical abstracts share the aspects of being imaginative, emotive, expressive, passionate and subjective.  There is often an underlying emotion that the artist is trying to convey.  In my respect, the paintings can overwhelmingly impart a sense of joy and happiness.  One of the earliest well-known artists to be considered to paint lyrical abstracts is Wassily Kandinsky.  There is almost a romantic feel to many lyrical abstracts.

Even though I am painting in an intuitive manner, it is almost like there is a symphony taking place, as one color takes over the composition from the other.  It is a totally enjoyable process and the results are very rewarding.  I believe my hand is very influenced by the fact that I have always been a very positive and happy person.  I also believe that my style is influenced, somewhat, by the fact that my father was a musician and an orchestra leader.  My paintings often remind me of musical compositions.

Bold Geometric Abstract Paintings

painting on cardboard

A few weeks ago I got it into my head to try painting on cardboard.  It has been such a fun adventure.  I almost can’t stop myself from painting on any piece of cardboard I can find.  I love the texture of the bumps and lines that form when I start painting the cardboard.  Although I know that this is not the most stable surface to paint on for archival purposes, I have been doing a bit of research.  If gel medium is used to coat all surfaces this forms a good barrier prior to painting.  And I am so delighted that the little dimples and bumps still appear.

There are a number of reasons I love painting on cardboard:

  • It’s free.
  • I’m recycling materials.
  • It’s readily available.
  • It’s lightweight.
  • I can experiment more freeely.
  • Love the texture.

I am also recreating the look of painting on cardboard on my large canvases.  Everything is about the same except for the texture.

Art Inspired by Dreams of Beachy Weather

Abstract painting

Here in Pennsylvania, we have had a long, cold winter.  And it doesn’t seem to be getting real warm any time soon.  So, I’ve been thinking about the beach, the sun and the sand … and I think it has crept into my art.  My last few weeks of paintings on canvas and paper reflect more of a soft, pastel look even though my colors continue to be bright.  Color is my one thread in continuity and even my thoughts for new designs in cement and metal sculpture will incorporate color.

In the meantime, my paintings will have to suffice for my beachy dreams until the days get warmer and sunnier.  Beachy dreams to you!

One Fine Day,  32×45,  Acrylics/ wax crayons on canvas.

Garden of Hope,  14×17, acrylics, wax crayons on paper.

Copyright 2015  Sharon Pierce McCullough.  All rights reserved.

Selling Your Art on ArtFinder

geometric abstract art

Just recently I discovered a great art site that is very pro-active for selling original artworks.  The site is called ArtFinder and they have been around for quite some time.  Not only can you continually add more works of art, but each artist has their own page.

As soon as anyone follows your work, you get a notification and that follower gets to see each and every time you add a new piece of art.  This is fantastic news to artists all over the world.  Even though ArtFinder is located in the UK, and most of the artists appear to be from the UK also, many US artists are starting to find their way to the site.

I’m very pleased to have been accepted to ArtFinder … be sure to check it out!

 

Art: Relationships … acrylic/mixed media on paper … 19×24 inches.  Copyright Sharon Pierce McCullough.  All rights reserved.