I’ve been busy with various paint brushes in my hand this week. I’ve spent more of my week focusing on creating abstract oil paintings. There’s something that happens in my head when I paint these abstracts. It’s a sense of freedom and relief that I get in a way. If you’ve ever been an avid gym guy or girl then you know the feeling that you get once you’ve just worked out. It’s a sense of joy, relieve and accomplishment (assuming the workout was good). Well, the same goes for when I create an abstract painting.
It’s an outlet without boundaries. A place where I can do as I please at that very moment without having to worry about what’s next. We spend so much time worrying about what’s next and I hate to say it but there are no guarantees in life. Instead of focusing far into the future, we need to be present. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for myself or others to be present. Sure, we are physically in a place but that’s not going “all in.”
The process of creating an abstract allows me to be in the present and just flow. Sure, my mood and temperament may change from abstract to abstract but that is what I truly enjoy about creating these. I’m able to paint how I feel and it’s great for the mind.
I spoke with my nephew this week and unfortunately he had a long time friend of his pass away. Knowing how he feels, I spoke to him about it. We had a nice discussion even though it was on an unhappy subject. There was something that we both agreed upon during our discussion. We both agreed and have come to terms with the fact that there are no guarantees in life. We all have our ups and downs. However, instead of focusing too far into the future, take a moment to be thankful for today and some of the good (more recent) days that you’ve had.
Before I go, I want to share some new pieces with you that I’ve created. These are all 100% authentic original oil paintings that are exclusive with no current printings in plan.
This first piece is titled “August 25th” and I really like this piece. It’s got so many different colors in it and the different colors in thick paint remind me of different memories that I have. Each part of the painting reminds me of something different that happened at some point in my life up to this point. I titled it August 25th because that’s the day that I took the brush away from the canvas. Here’s the product link: https://gregcartmell.com/product/august-25/
This next piece is called, “Lost City” and I just listened to the canvas and let things flow. This piece took roughly nine hours to create and it reminded me of a lost city. Here’s a link to the product: https://gregcartmell.com/product/lost-city/
This last piece is called “Wake Up Call” and it’s the by-product of a medical procedure that I had done. The lack of focus and blurry vision that I had this week really made me want to create this piece. I hope you like it. Here’s the product page link: https://gregcartmell.com/product/wake-up-call/
I hope you enjoy Labor Day weekend and that you take the time to focus on the present. After all, it’s all that we truly have. Stay safe this weekend!