ART IS MORE THAN DUPLICATING REALITY (Susan Orpen)
The world of the artist is a lonely angst filled one, but the highlights, when a thing goes right, more than make up for any uncertainty, fear, and lack of belief in oneself. The transformation of a threatening, blank, white canvas into a creation that satisfies my soul brings a deep fulfillment that keeps me coming back for more, over and over again. This! This is what I have to do.
It is such a roller coaster ride of emotion vs intellect, joy vs despair, hope vs fear; confidence and boldness fighting for supremacy over misgivings and self doubt. But the journey excites me and the wonder and beauty keep me going.
I have mostly always painted with Acrylic paint, but have recently become enamoured of Oils, which have a fabulous buttery consistency.
I also love to play around with texture and mixed media with the goal always of achieving something unique. Exploring lost edges, focal points, light and shade vs form and line, collage and inks, there is just so much! What an absolute blessing it is to be gifted with this love of art!
On this page is the gallery of my recent body of work. Please have a look, and I pray that my art will touch you and talk to you! I would love to hear any comments you may have and of course all of these paintings are for sale. If you’re keen to purchase any of them, please contact me.
I love to read and collect quotes from other artists. They can uplift inspire and encourage, especially when I feel I have lost direction.
Here are a few that I like…..
How many attempts, now happy, now unhappy!… He who has not felt the difficulties of his art does nothing that counts.
My Paintings are Battles.
The most difficult object in painting is yourself because you’re always at issue.
The contour eludes me.
Finishing a painting demands a heart of steel: everything requires a decision, and I find difficulties where I least expect them… It is at such moments that one fully realizes one’s own weaknesses.
Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good.