Artwork by Lauren Warren
I NEED to paint something so alive, so aware, the painting itself has its own stream of consciousness.
Art takes up every empty cup and dusty corner of my life. I’ve been making drawings for years and I’ve been told my work is phenomenal but when you “know” how to make art it becomes very difficult. I’ve seen phenomenal, and sadly my inner jerry Saltz would not define my work as such.
But like most artists that’s not as important as the NEED to make art. The compulsory itch to make things never goes away. Perhaps it is a way for us to be godlike.
I have never been to art school (2 years of a community college isn’t the same). I feel this alone crippled my self confidence.
I can’t paint or make sculptures and I NEED to learn to accelerate the creative continuum.
I’ve been auto didactic all my life anyway, so this is the universe handing me what I know best. To have a tool and be self-taught.
I haven’t painted much and I’ve had every online painting session, video, and class sitting in a shopping cart for years and as we all know, even though it should not, art and starve go hand in hand.
I just NEED to paint.
I NEED to make sculptures.
I NEED to be better.
Who would be a better teacher than an old master?!