My daughter’s thoughts about abstract paintings.


Anna's abstract.

Anna's abstract.

“My 5 year old could do that.” Is something that most artists have heard at some time in their careers, and if the artist is an abstract painter they will hear it often. What strikes me about the comment is how true it is, and yet how difficult it is for an adult to paint with the freedom of a child. Childhood is when we are the greatest of painters, and then at some point an adult will  educate us, and we lose our freedom, and begin to paint like adults.

My daughter painted this the other day, and she was very happy with it, and I was envious of it. My daughter loves to paint abstracts. She says she can do what ever she wants, and if it doesn’t work out that’s okay because it was meant to be messy.

Claim ownership of a mark.


Claim ownership of a mark.

Claim ownership of a mark.

No mater how hard I try to change the way I draw, paint, or make marks I will always be myself. Some marks are just mine. I believe the hand has a memory of it’s own even if it’s only a muscel memory.