The painting shown her was developed on location using only painting a painting knife. I am exploring a concept in painting I have named “Optic Sensationalism”. Please see other articles I have written on this topic. Simply stated “Optic Sensationalism” takes into account how we truly see optically, then balancing in our emotions or sensations about it. Included is a strong emphasis on design and gestural paint.
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Happy New Year! I have enjoyed painting this painting of the motorcyclist and like starting the New Year this way. Letting my imagination and thoughts collide in what I am calling Optic Sensationalism.
From early on in my boyhood I have always enjoyed the visual and thoughts that accompany riding a motorcycle. The Easy Rider movie and the choppers they would ride makes my mind runs crazy with all sorts of thoughts and associations.
Optic Sensationalism is a liberating exploration in painting It is a visual snapshot, emotions and associated memories. Not on what it is. Or is to others. It is how things affect the painter.
The visual snapshot A quick glance captures only abstract shapes of light and dark. As if I was opening my eyes for the first time. Nothing to relate anything to but oh wow this is amazing. I cannot comprehend every detail in a single glance. Only a small portion, the rest the mind fills in with whatever it has in memory.
Our emotions do affect our painting.If you don’t think emotions affect painting simply paint a painting on these three days and compare for yourself. Paint on a very good day, a bad day and an angry day. You cannot help it. Emotions come through in a painting.
Any thoughts you may have leaned or experienced about the topic you are painting. It is very personal.