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This is written primarily for anyone who wishes to travel alongside me on my journey towards abstraction. I'd like to point out that my artistic background was conventional. I was encouraged to develop my art to record the real world. Accordingly, as a teacher, I have encouraged my students to do much the same. But it wasn't always so.
My earliest artistic memories are of drawing alone, illustrating my boyish thoughts: wars, fighting, soldiers etc. Yes, representational but also abstract in the sense that these thoughts were entirely in my mind; I'm sure I didn't look at the real world for guidance and they were for my consumption only.
Wind on several years and many 'cheese plants' and 'skulls' and copied paintings later, I had become rooted in the world of real things. Encouraged and praised for making art that looked like something from the real world, I began to reinforce my success. And then onto teaching others to do the same.
Nothing wrong with that, you may well say, except that now I do know that it's not just wanting to look at my art afresh, it's more than that - it's needing to do so.