acrylic painting titled Altered States

Just Start Somewhere

The first abstract painting I did after my mother’s passing.

Life is a Safari poster by artist Loretta Busch BC Canada

My first digital artwork for my first child.

Digital Original Painting on Canvas artist by Loretta Busch BC Canada

You will never really know where the road leads. Just begin somewhere!

Art Makes the World a Better Place.

A creative life for some, is a clear and direct track. My journey has been a labyrinth. A collection of trails that have often converged in unexpected ways, with an array of shiny new paths that came to a full stop.

I have been described as a fearless-creative. I dive-in to artistic processes with total abandon, fully engaged and ready to explore and experiment. That’s the ‘how,’ and my only ‘why,’ is that “art makes the world a better place,” for the creator and I trust the receiver as well.

Time Heals all Wounds

Late 2015, I found myself in creative crisis. The thoughts that were running through my mind, “It has all has been done before,” “There is nothing I can do to add value to the world.” These words have crossed the minds of many artists, and usually when confronted by the proverbial fork on the road. My catalyst was mother’s sudden and all-consuming illness.  After her passing I was drained and empty of any desires. It took 18-month before I could even hold the idea of making art again.  

One Door Closes Another Door Opens

It was the birth of my first grandchild in 2019 that presented a fresh new focus. Carrying only my iPad and Apple Pencil, I set off by plane to meet him.  He was and is, the most enchanting being of awesomeness. On that first meeting I imagined telling him stories through art. Messages that I would leave behind for him to discover through his life. While he napped I started following Skillshare courses and learned Procreate and eventually made him a special version of the poster called, “Life’s a Safari”. That spark, took me unexpectedly and passionately down the new road of digital-painting and a whole new creative adventure evolved into the art you find on www.lorettabusch.com 

It may appear from time to time that our lives are only grains of sand tossed by endless waves. But the connections we make are felt through time. Life will tumble us around until it stops. During those moments I say, “what is it that you want from me?” and then I surrender and listen for that curious voice and a new unexpected perspective. I have learned that there is a purpose around every corner.

When life knocks you down – just start somewhere.

Step 1 – Become a shadow-artist, that’s what Julia Cameron author of The Artist’s Way, would call it. Let it become a YouTube obsession, going from BBC Art History documentaries, to watching Floral Bowley’s expressive, spontaneous process of painting. Curiosity will eventually draw you in.

Step 2 – Push and pull some paint around. The act of painting is seductive and non-objective abstraction offers freedom, and colour is a drug. The poet Lisa Robertson wrote: “Colour, like a hormone, acts across, embarrasses, seduces. It stimulates the juicy interval in which emotion and sentiment twist.”

Kandinsky found music to be his muse, it guided his process and directed the line, form and entanglement of colour’s emotions. The intangible became canvas portals into new realities. For Kandinsky art was an “alternative pathway to a spiritual reality.” He was a follower of Theosophy, (an intriguing story for another blog post, all about how mysticism influenced Abstract Art, a topic never acknowledged when I was in art school.)

Step 3 – Open the mind. The Post War abstractionists were the rebels of the time, embracing the interconnectedness of art, culture and science. They played with color, space, atmosphere, movement, and emotion. They collaged commentaries on culture, explored the essence of composition, and dissected the science of visual perception. They engaged us to see and question even the simplest expressions of line and shape, and the physicality of drips of paint.  All had purpose, a science that added to evolution of thought and art.

Step 4 – Explore the intangible. Let things evolve, change, don’t define or constrict. Eric R. Kandel in ‘Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, says we are forced to use our brain in new ways when we look at abstraction. 

Explore & Grow

An artist’s growth comes from processing the skills of art making while reflecting on life. It doesn’t matter the subject they choose; portraits, landscapes, still-life, political commentary. The techniques whether abstraction, expressionism, illustrative, representational, or collage, all flavour the artist’s message. I define, the individual artist’s motivation as either introverted communicating reflections of beauty, joy, love and/or extroverted making a commentary on culture/society/politics.  The style is artist’s unique ways of seeing. The mastery comes with time and maturity.

Follow these links & detours to build a better understanding the Abstract & Abstraction in Art

Clarify the terms Abstract vs Abstraction

Originally the terms had different intent, but today the meanings are blurred.

Cubism is subjective, abstract, it has some kind of person, place or thing, but the artist chooses to express the subject in a new altered way, and different viewpoints. The most familiar cubist was Picasso.

Abstraction is non-objective, intangible expression, emotional, atmospheric, meditative like the drip paintings of Jackson Pollack.

Art History Documentaries

https://youtu.be/-jUsdN1HKLk

https://youtu.be/bkWHrWw5yTg

Favourite! Rules of Abstraction (6) part series Matthew Collings

https://youtu.be/Bg3oQ_OqQ_o

Graeme Stevenson (Colour in Your Life) he tours around and visits artists studios

https://www.youtube.com/c/ColourinyourlifeAu/videos

MOMA https://www.youtube.com/momavideos/videos

MOMA also has some fun free course if you want a more in-depth study. I enjoyed “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting” https://www.coursera.org/learn/painting

Brian Rutenberg https://www.youtube.com/user/thomgains1727/videos

Jane Davies https://www.youtube.com/user/jdaviesVT/videos

Flora Bowley https://www.youtube.com/user/florabowleydesigns/videos

Eric R. Kandel Reductionism in Art and Brain Science http://cup.columbia.edu/book/reductionism-in-art-and-brain-science/9780231179621

Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Wassily Kandinsky

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/06/02/kandinsky-concerning-the-spiritual-in-art/

Essays

http://www.tarpaulinsky.com/Fall06/Robertson.html

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