From representational drawing to invented worlds

My recent shift from drawing to painting has not only led to a shift in form, but also, as it turns out, a shift in content. When painting, my focus is no longer on the observed outer world, as it is when I am doing urban sketching, croquis or floral studies. When painting my focus is on the painting, as if the painting creates a world of its own. When painting I no longer feel I am in dialogue with an external world, rather it is like listening in … eavesdropping … to something beyond logic – you might call it intuition, or rather, in the tradition of Thomas Moore; soul.

At work

It isn’t enough to be alive and developing physically, … you also need to be alive to your spirit and soul, and that means you have to be aware of what’s going on inside you and in your world.

Thomas Moore

Maybe to paint, for me, first and foremost is about becoming aware of a hitherto undiscovered inner world?

Malone’s House (i)
Malone’s House (ii)

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