Painting “Ocean Birth”

by Adrian Blakey in In the Studio
     

In the short time-lapse video below, see how I develop and complete “Ocean Birth”. This painting was initially inspired by some cooking oil spilt on the stove. It provided some interesting shapes that provided enough of a plan to get started:

Once the painting is underway, I react to what’s happening. It’s a dynamic and fluid process. Sometimes I flick paint onto the surface to introduce some randomness; sometimes some paint may run or get splashed somewhere unintended. It doesn’t matter – there are no mistakes, just diversions into new ideas and outcomes.


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As I painted it, a new idea started to occur to me. It seemed to be about a large egg hatching in a watery environment. This encouraged me to develop a series of sea  creatures in a kind of ecosystem. A message about birth and renewal was starting to emerge.

In the following time-lapse video, I’ll show you “Ocean Birth” being painted. Scroll down for  links to other related blog posts and paintings.

If you would like to know more about the nature of abstraction, see this blog post on the painting of “Waves“. You might also enjoy my blog series on the great artists that inspired me.

Bubble Karma” is another of my recent abstract paintings. That work was inspired by a very contemporary theme, namely how people reach out to form “social bubbles”  while locked-down in large cities. Read the blog post on that work and see a video in which give further insights into the nature of abstraction here.

Almost anything can be a source of inspiration. “Sourdough” was inspired by the shapes and textures of a loaf of bread. You can see how that painting developed in a short video in another post here.

Paintings can also be inspired by music. In “Allegretto“, I was inspired by a Beethoven symphony. I’m planning to do further paintings inspired by other musical genres as well.


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