A BIT ABOUT ABSTRACT PAINTING
Abstract painting is a visual expression of feelings, ideas, opinions and other forms of communication without the use of words. The painting itself holds many messages for the viewers to interpret how they feel rather than what they see.
My journey with abstract painting began many years ago when I was a child painting water colour landscapes. Later I became fascinated with photography capturing a second in life; frozen in time. Somehow, my interest in art developed to non-representational abstract painting, with the approach of "no rules", "no restrictions" and "the sky is the limit". Put it simply; it's painting with feeling.
Is there a link between abstract painting and art therapy?
A question that I remain curious about is whether there is a connection between abstract painting, colour psychology and art therapy in relation to mental disorders, particularly ADHD, ASD, depression, anxiety, etc.
Many studies demonstrate the power of colour as a tool which can influence mood and physiological reactions, but colour psychology remains subjective and deeply rooted to personal experience and culture.
Art therapy, either creating or viewing other's art, is commonly used to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem and work on social skills.
To me, the experience of the process itself in creating abstract painting is the main attraction rather than the end result. It's about letting go of any thought process and just allowing your feelings to take you onto a journey of the unfamiliar, for a change.
I use acrylic, oil and house paints. All of the paintings displayed here are a mix of acrylic and house paints. I will add some of my oil paintings later. I have started some blog posts and I will keep adding more on a regular basis. One of the blog posts is about my 100 days lockdown at my home in Teesside, England, and it would be interesting if you would like to share some of your experience during these unprecedented times.
PAINTING OF THE MONTH
Dancing in Africa
Abstract Painting on Canvas
Title: Dancing in Africa
One off original painting
Stretched canvas, 46x61x2 cm (18x24x0.78 inch)
A mix of vibrant colours including bright yellow, red, yellow ochre, blue, etc. making the painting very lively and full of happy energy.
The colours of summer, sunshine, brightness and optimism and adding a few touches of violet blend in quite nicely conveying a sense of calmness, relaxation, joy and fun.
Colour psychology is an amazing subject of how we individually feel the effect of different colours on our minds. It remains subjective as it depends on many elements such as personality, culture, etc.
Abstract painting, in my view, is the feeling made up by the different interpretations of the colours effect used in making that painting on our minds. Sometimes it can be harder to feel the visual communication of abstract painting because we normally use our minds not our feelings.
Many studies have been carried out in an attempt to learn more about the meaning of colours and their effect on people's moods and feelings.
Art therapy and colour psychology attempt to use colours for healing particularly for mental health issues and also for general wellbeing. Chromotherapy (colour therapy or colourology) was used in Ancient China and Ancient Egypt.
However, colour meaning remains subjective as it is influenced by several factors including personal experiences and cultures. For example, yellow is known widely to represent energy, happiness, warmth and sunshine. In Japan, yellow often may represent courage.
It is, however, well known that the use of colour in art therapy is therapeutic and can be a powerful tool of self expression. The short article Art Therapy, Abstract Painting & Self-expression briefly explains about art therapy in relation to autism.
I believe that the process of art making and interacting can greatly help people to express their inner thoughts and feelings without any restrictions. Art remains a great expressive language.
Abstract painting is a great way to express your feelings throughout the whole process of painting irrespective of the end result.