Creating art has the power to captivate and inspire, evoking emotions that can be translated into our artwork. Each of us has our own artistic expression, and for me, my abstract art is mine. As an abstract artist, I have come to understand the significance of being intentional in my artistic journey – a path that has led me to explore the depths of my creativity and the realm of possibilities that abstract art has to offer.
Why Should We be on the Quest for Intentionality?
Intentionality is the compass that guides an artist through their creative expedition. It is the conscious decision to imbue each stroke of the brush, each splash of color, and every mark on the canvas with meaning and purpose. Being an intentional artist requires embracing the deeper connection between the artist and their creation, allowing the artwork to become an extension of one's emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. This does NOT mean we cannot be spontaneous, but it does have the power to push each of us to bring our “intentional” voice to our journey.
As an abstract artist, intentionality becomes even more critical. The absence of recognizable subjects challenges both the artist and the audience to dive into a world of interpretation and introspection. Every brushstroke becomes an expression of inner feelings, a dialogue between the subconscious and the conscious mind. In this enigmatic realm of abstraction, intentionality brings clarity and depth, revealing hidden messages waiting to be discovered by the observer. While being intentional, we bring in our own marks, use our handmade tools, and create from our space, all while being intentional about our dialogue.
Embracing the Unpredictable
Abstract art grants artists the freedom to explore the unpredictable, to venture into uncharted territories where spontaneity and experimentation happen. Every piece of our artwork carries an element of surprise, where the journey itself becomes as important as the final destination. As an intentional abstract artist, I have learned to embrace the unpredictable nature of this process, allowing myself to step outside the confines of my comfort zone and into the realm of uncertainty.
In the midst of chaos, intentionality serves as the guiding light, helping me make conscious decisions amid the abstract landscape. Each choice, be it the color palette, the composition, or the techniques used, the incorporation of my own marks, is made with a purpose, anchoring the artwork to a deeper meaning. Through this amalgamation of unpredictability and intentionality, the artwork transforms into a harmonious dance of creativity.
Tapping into Emotions
One of the most significant gifts of abstract art lies in its ability to evoke emotions in a raw and unfiltered form. As an intentional artist, I strive to connect with my emotions on a profound level and then channel them onto the canvas. Each piece becomes a mirror reflecting the intensity of emotions experienced during the creative process. All this happens with the interpretation of my world around me, my memories, my experiences.
Abstract art grants viewers the freedom to interpret the artwork in their own unique ways, enabling a personal connection with the piece. By incorporating intentionality into my work, I offer a pathway for the audience to delve deeper into their own emotions and thoughts, initiating a dialogue between the artwork and the observer.
Being an intentional abstract artist has taught me that creativity is a force waiting to be unleashed. By embracing intentionality, while still keeping my spontaneous nature, I have been able to navigate the boundless realm of abstract art, connect with my emotions, embrace unpredictability, and weave captivating memories on the canvas.
For fellow artists, I encourage you to explore intentionality in your artistic journey, regardless of the genre you pursue. By doing so, you will find that your creative expression transcends mere aesthetics, becoming a profound reflection of your inner world. Let us continue to paint, sculpt, write, and create with intention, for it is through intentionality that art truly becomes transformative and life-changing.