What is Minimalism?
(I have no idea. Really. In every sense.
I was advised by Jeanine Esposito, working with me at Beechwood Arts, as well as my painting professor at Hampshire College, that I should stretch myself and try to be more minimalistic with my art - (WHAT???!!!!) And let me just say that it's harder than it looks!!!! (For me.) Jeanine suggested that my inchies are so detailed individually, that putting them all on one canvas detracts from them, so just experiment with putting one or two inchies on a single canvas. As soon as she said that, my mind just went into Zen/Empty/Peace/Clear mode - and suddenly I felt the firsthand experience of how art can be used therapeutically, as a metaphor for one's own life.
These were some "bare" (well, to me at least) canvases I started out with. And honestly, I really did try to do as little as possible to them! I don't hate how they came out, they're just not..."minimal." I guess.
Hey, if I have a style and it works for me, why change anything. Yet, shouldn't we always push ourselves to continually grow as artists, and more important, as individuals?
Then, for me, this was the more bare minimal background I could manage:
And I did "very little" (again, FOR ME) with it. I do like it though:
Okay, and now for the inchies. I painted a few "bare" backgrounds. Bare in my perspective, of course.
Honestly, I did cheat. I put one or two inchies on each canvas...But...the canvases are so small that they really can only fit one. Oh well. You have to start somewhere right?
I'm always willing to grow! And this was a first step. In...what's that word again? Oh yeah. "Minimalism."
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”