surreal art





8-20-2020



Surreal art So what is surreal art? Surrealism started in Europe after world war I and was highly influenced by Dada which was an art movement that consisted of a broad range of art, including sculptures and poetry. When people view a piece of surreal art, they may find it odd, unreal, twisted, sometimes humorous, like a dream that puts Alice in wonderland on a new level of oddity.So what sparked my adventure in surrealism? Well, I’m quite familiar with the term “weird.” I fancy being weird. It makes life fun, adventurous, and colorful. I don’t think my brain is quite normal, which definitely comes through in my art pieces such as “genetically mutated disaster” or “bongo jim”. It may come as a surprise to you, but I was completely sober when I did those paintings. The problem (or gift) is, I see things everywhere that don’t really exist that most people miss on a daily basis. No, I am not hallucinating. My creative side takes over and I am able to visualize things that other people can’t fathom until I have put it on canvas and then they go, “ohhh so that’s what you mean.” I am used to this reaction. I tell people my idea and they just look at me like I have three heads and a dragon fart coming out of my mouth. Then I tell them, never mind, I’ll show you when I am done. I think experienced artists have an open mind and can visualize just about anything. I have a few artist friends that I can wonderfully connect with on a artitual level. They get me. I tell them my idea, and they look up for a minute and say, “yap, yap, I see it.” So spread your wings and fly through the pages of aprisalleycatart.com and see what connects you to surrealism. When looking at any surreal art, you have to give it time. It usually takes about five minutes for it to speak to you. The more you look at it, the more you fall in love with it. It’s the beauty of surrealism. Painting animals Through most of my artwork, I am usually picking some animal as my subject. You may ask why I am always painting animals, why not nudes, landscapes, cities or fruit? I started painting landscapes, awhile back. I actually started Saturday mornings with Bob Ross. I can thank Bob Ross for my initial passion for art and painting. I loved his easy going attitude, he was the most fabulous hippie that I would have loved to have met. Sadly, he was before my time, and I missed out on meeting such an art God. I became really good at it, painting exactly like Bob Ross. However, there really wasn’t a connection for me. I dropped art for a while, because I couldn’t see where it was going. Just recently, I picked it back up again, and again, painting landscapes, and started with a few portraits. I wasn’t quite impressed with myself. Then I started on cats. I thought to myself, “hmmm, I’m on to something..” However, I still hadn’t fully connected with my art yet. It was when I did a mash up of my creative mind and the cat that sparks flew and it became an instant passion that I romantically pursued with all of my heart. My emotions flowed onto the canvas, I was able to create the feelings I had in full color. And, having a total blast doing it. I felt I had reached a new level of enlightenment in my paintings, one that took me to a higher level of consciousness. On my home page of aprilsalleycatart.com you can see several examples of where my imagination greets the animal in the painting and kisses it into reality. Sometimes, the eyes will stare deep into your soul and say, “I’m taking a lick of this rainbow ice cream, whatcha gonna do about it?” such as in my painting “unbiased panther”. The point of painting animals is the animals are the key to my imagination. They unlock the door of my emotions and artitual soul. As artists, we all need to find our key, the one that unlocks our full potential as artists. I was lucky. I didn’t have to search long to find my key, but I do know some artists that haven’t quite found their key yet. What’s your key that unlocks your full potential? Progressing in Art I have surprised people with the speed of my progression in art. I kind of resembled a Tesla, going from 0 to 60 miles in 1.9 seconds. So how did I manage to progress so fast so quickly? First, you must listen. Listen to every artist you know, because even the artist who seems to be lacking behind you will know something you don’t. Some artists become too confident, or don’t take constructive criticism well. This is a must. You must listen to others, try your best to understand where they are coming from or what they see that you don’t, and try not to get your feelings hurt. They are HELPING you. Even if you don’t want to hear it. Secondly, humble yourself. You are not the best. Nor will you ever, ever be the “best” artist. How come? Because everybody has different taste. Keep yourself as humble as you can, because the more humble you are, the more room you are leaving for growth. There are many, many great artists out there. Just get on a world-wide internet art group and you will be humbled as fast as that Tesla goes. It’s okay to take your ego down a notch. Maybe you are the best artist in your family, heck, maybe in your town, but you are not the best artist, and that’s okay, because it means you must learn. People that think they know everything never learn anything. Being humble is the key. Thirdly, do not rush your artwork. This isn’t a race. If you are rushing your artwork, you have not found your key. If you don’t know what I am talking about, go read the blog about painting animals. It will explain the duty of finding your key. Once you find your key, you will not want to rush, you will enjoy painting, hours and hours will go by, and you will be sad that you must stop in order to eat something, go pee, and go right back to painting. Enjoy the process, above all, I stress this the most. If you can’t enjoy the process, it will show on your paintings. Other people will see that you don’t enjoy painting. They may see technique, great shading skills, maybe even great perception but it won’t mean a thing if you didn’t enjoy the process of painting. Painting is an extension of your soul. I talk a little bit about this in my bio on aprilsalleycatart.com. If you haven’t read it, please feel free to see what I view art as. It is who we are, splattered on canvas, lovingly, soulfully, with intention and emotion, deeply fond of the experiences in our life and how it shows on the canvas. Embellish this! Celebrate this! The things in life that hold emotion should never be rushed, but only delicately caressed until it gently slides into the finished outcome.





My artwork displayed at DaVinci Gallery, Tomball, Texas. For more info, go to https://www.davinciartistsgallery.com/artist.html