Thursday, May 7, 2009

My newest work: "O", Oil painting, 2008

I am a believer in that an artist should not attempt abstract painting until he or she has mastered figurative.  Abstract painting is far more complicated and harder to paint in contrary to what most people think.  With abstract painting, every stroke, every color and every move should contribute to the final results because when they don't, you end up with a mess that is just a mess no matter how you justify it (I have tried).  Since there isn't really a checklist that helps artists to make a good abstract painting, much experimentation and patience is required.

I finally had the courage to attempt an abstract painting, and I have to admit, it was a struggle.  Struggles generally lead me to growth and epiphanies, and this was no exception.  I learned that I have to be flexible when it comes to abstract paintings because it is about the organic growth that happens during the process of creation.  The process should never be rigid because I discovered that what I had in mind originally wasn't exactly the best thing once I put it on the canvas.  The painting started out as something COMPLETELY different, but I am happy with how it ended up.  It was definitely more about the journey, and not the end results, which is a funny parallel to life.  Focus on the present, and not what you think your future might be.  

If you would like to know what the painting is all about, please contact me and I would be happy to have a discussion with you.

Lisi Wang

1 comment:

Shining Light said...

You're inspiring. I look forward to more of your creations! Never give up.