Middle Adulthood/Older Adulthood

Middle Adulthood

Since I have reached middle adulthood (26 years), I now see that my artwork has become increasingly complex and impressionistic. I have begun to incorporate new ways that would make my art original and creative. At one point, I used to paint landscapes to achieve photographic depth. However, as I got feedback from a former boss and a few colleagues, I have started to develop my own experimental art form. One technique that I discovered through a few outside sources is fluid art. With fluid art, I simply use two to three acrylic paints and pour them over the canvas to create cell-like structures. Although fluid art is still common and practiced by many artists, I still believe that this exploration of trying something new is my way of creating an “image” of my own style. The following painting below is an example of a semi-cell structure which is made up of on blue, yellow and brown color.

Overtime, I noticed that there were ebbs and flows of my interest towards painting. I began to try charcoal sketching, oil pastels and sculpting to increase my skills. Although I was proficient in charcoal sketching, my skills in oil pastels and sculpting are still underdeveloped. However, I do see myself, in the future, pursuing to learn these skills as well. Most importantly, I do plan to reconnect with landscape painting as I have been acquiring advanced techniques.

Major Influences in Adulthood

One of my many influences is James Pollock, a contemporary/impressionistic artist who uses a variety of colors to produce images that are left to interpretation by the viewer. As I explored more into his paintings, I became interested in the avant-garde culture and started exploring more on experimental artwork. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the many significant contemporary museums in New York, carries some of Mr. Pollock’s famous works. Thus, his unique style and approach has cultivated my interest into unorthodox ways of making art.

Connecting my artwork to Piaget’s formal operational stage of human development, I do see that my art has become expansive and original. Since the formal operational stage is based on thinking outside and asking “what if” questions, I feel that my artwork deeply symbolizes the ability to break out of conventional standards and into something new. For example, the fluid painting represents this bending of convention as the colors seem to move beyond where they are originally placed. Thus, when the viewer sees the painting, he or she can sense a movement or liveliness in the painting.

Older Age and Beyond

Although I am not in the later stages of development yet, I do anticipate that I will be creating more landscape paintings and re-introduce conventionality into my artwork. The painting below of the meadows and the lake represents this transition where I now admire nature as I approach towards the end of my life.

I associate this painting with the importance of quality of life. When my grandmother passed away in 2014 due to dementia, I was inspired to connect with nature as my method of self-care. Since then, I decided to continue with painting natural scenery as part of a visualization technique.

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