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I don't know that I'm being particularly meaningful when I do an abstract painting or if it just comes down to I think something would look good, for example, I like black and I like spiral shapes so why don't I put them together in an artwork. A friend of mine says that even if you think you didn't have a good reason for painting something, the ideas have come from your subconscious, which might have its own good reasons!
In abstract art I aim for a balance of shapes, colours and sometimes textures, laid out in a composition I just find pleasing. My starting point is often shapes and colours in nature. I feel that nature creates a lot of what look to me, like abstract art. I see it in things like water droplets, cracks in rocks, the shapes in clouds and ripples in water.
I feel like surrealist paintings happen when my mind is trying to make sense of something I might not have even realised I was thinking about. Sometimes the paintings come from words and phrases that enter my head and I feel that poetry writing can by combined with it.