151 Art synthesis

According to the German philosopher Georg Hegel the intellectual process involves thesis (an original idea), antithesis (an opposing idea), and synthesis (a fusion of ideas). Other thinkers have applied this method to a wide variety of creative activities. Making this intuitive process a conscious one frees an artist to abandon older techniques in the search of a newer, more compatible synthesis.

As I mentioned a few entries back I will soon begin painting a large commissioned piece. Due to the theme of the commission it seems logical to explore more academic techniques that use a variety of processes. The technique of Rembrandt immediately came to mind. As I studied his technique I became even more intrigued with his methods.

In short I will be fusing my thick paint approach with a wider variety of artistic techniques. For some time I have thought I needed a variety of textures throughout my painting and that a uniform amount of thick paint was a flaw. I currently feel it best to use a wide variety of techniques in the pursuit of the maximum effects.

I’m excited to embark on this new chapter of my painting process. I fully intend to pursue painting thickly, especially with my abstracts, but supplemented with a more realistic and less impressionistic mode of painting. I hope you enjoy following along. 

Brad Teare December 2013

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