painting: ‘eureka’

painting: ‘eureka’

It’s actually been quite a while since I’ve painted anything on canvas. Somedays I manage to find a small space of time to do a quick sketch or watercolour, but recently I’ve generally had very little time do anything besides work, and intentionally sit down to paint.

When I create a piece of art, I try to focus my mind entirely on the paper or canvas before me, and then I allow my creativity to take full control. In my opinion, the process of making art is definitely as important as the final result of a piece. Whenever I see a finished artwork, I always wonder how it was inspired, made, and how they used all of the time that they had to create it.

For this months brief as a Graham & Brown ambassador, I was inspired by their tales of a ‘Eureka’ moment. Whenever I read their briefs, my thoughts instantly turn towards art and my love of painting. Their products are all so creative and artistic, and whenever I see something of theirs, I’m instantly inspired to delve into some art myself.

As I read my brief for this month, I even had my own Eureka moment. Their story reminded me again of how important art is for me. It’s something that inspires every area of my life, and I always need to be doing something creative. The ‘Eureka’ moment I gained from reading their brief, was that I needed to delve more into my love of art. Even though I may not always have time to create paintings, I can still find some time to enjoy looking at artwork, reading, discovering and learning more about it.

After I read their piece, I instantly went on to look at some of my favourite artworks by Frida Kahlo, Albrecht Durer, Yayoi Kusama, and many other artists to refuel myself with inspiration. After I did this, I even went through a collection of my own paintings.

As I went through my old artworks, I discovered this painting I had completely forgotten about. The piece is something I created a while ago when I was experimenting with abstract painting and symbolism. It’s untitled, as I painted it with the intention of focusing on the process, and not the final result. It’s a piece I created to represent nature. I painted it while looking at a blossom tree, and chose three key colours to paint it with, to signify this tree and its connection to the earth.

The white symbolises the blossom, the blue the sky, and the green the earth. The blossom is placed in the centre of the canvas to signify how the tree connects the earth to the sky, and its ability to make the oxygen that creates the life on earth. The blossoms shape also represents the curvature of the spine, symbolising how trees are the backbone of the earth.

As I looked over this painting, my dwindling passion for art was instantly revived and I felt newly inspired to re-indulge back into my hobby.

I hope you like the painting!

 

abstract blossom painting

abstract blossom painting

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15 comments:

  1. What a stunning work of art! It’s so wonderful when you find yourself inspired and have an outlet to express it. I can definitely feel the nature vibe from this work. In fact, when I first saw it, I just thought it felt so earthy…like I instantly thought of lush greenery in a dense tropical forest – something form a fairytale. Then when I read on and saw you were inspired by a blossom tree, it all made sense. It’s absolutely stunning and so very calming. You are so talented, Harriet!

  2. We have so much in common, it’s crazy Harriet! This is beautiful, I love the colors and of course the abstract style. As I’ve told you before, abstract is my favorite type of art. You describe very similarly how I paint as well. Sometimes I have a vision in my mind exactly what I am going to paint and then sometimes I have no idea, other than the strong urge to pick up the paint brush, so I sit at my canvas and just start painting! I’m so incredibly busy with my blog and my daughter, that it has been quite awhile since I have painted. In fact, my Dad asked the other day when was I going to start again. I love seeing this painting of yours. It’s simple, yet beautiful and striking, my favorite style.

  3. This is such a beautiful piece, Harriet! I love the symbolism and it leaves such calming and peaceful feeling. So glad it’s helped revive your passion for art again too 🙂

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