How I became an artist, Part 4:

How I became an artist, Part 4:

Question: How did you arrive at your particular painting technique and the imagery that is unique to you?

Answer:
The journey to find the technique that today is “mine” has taken about 10 years. Admittedly, I have attended a number of trainings and courses in painting and drawing, learned the technical basics and learned to see the artists’ way, but the true inspiration and creative joy did not enter into my creativity not until I encountered a method that did not asked me to depict what I see around me, but to turn inward and listen to the joy of exploration and play when painting.

This permission to proceed from the inner impulse to create and remain in my inner images, to focus on what “feels right” in my experimentation on the canvas and let that be my yardstick of what is the correct path to follow, was the total turning point for me.

Over the years, I have spent many hours exploring the colors, their different combinations, different ways to put paint on the canvas, playing with different structures, let things just “happen” with the use of running water that cannot be controlled, and paint methodical and controlled with brushes – always guided by my inner compass to find what works for me. My very own version of “right”. In this way, I have not had to worry so much about the outcome, only to know it is in tune with what “wants” to be communicated through my creativity. It has been a fascinating journey involving letting go and allowing myself to be led instead of leading with my thoughts and preconceived ideas.

For me, the greatest joy lies in an uncontrolled background on the canvas, consisting of many layers where the textures and effects (water, structure paste and other textural effects) live their own wild life in combination with the colors that I find joyful. Just as nature’s wildness and beauty.

It is not until the spontaneously wild background is completed that the actual recognizable image appears on the canvas. By then I am 2/3 or more into the process. To work on emphasizing the image in relation to the background is the more controlled aspect of painting for me and it involves arranging order of chaos, so to speak. The more of the spontaneous background that remains visible in the final work, the more I like the painting. In this way the viewer is invited to see the explorational part of my process. This is where the magic is.

The images of nature, trees and light horizons is what has “arrived” on the canvases again and again, and finally I have had to neglect the opinions of it being good or bad, and I just let them take over my world of images and decide to be as open as I can for this gift.

ANIA WITWITZKA
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