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emotional journey of a painting
emotional journey of a painting

emotional journey of a painting


Emotional journey of a painting

Every one of my abstract paintings goes through several emotive processes; that I am beginning to recognise; as the emotional journey of a painting. I would like to share this with you alongside my latest work

My creative process

Once the decisions on what, where, shapes, colours etc… have been made the work takes on a life of its own and can be a lovely exciting phase in the artistic process.  I can lose sight of my original plan and become enthralled with the process of painting and creating.  However…

emotional journey of a painting

building the ground

Love / hate / negativity

At this stage I usually like the ground I have created and start to get a bit precious about it. I like where it is and do not want to spoil it.  If I carry on will I spoil it? is it speaking to me? can I see where it’s going?

leading to me becoming quite negative about it, and to a flattening off as I am scared to take it further.  We have lost our way; I am now floundering; unsure of both me and the painting

Emotional process of a painting

this is where I start thinking I can’t paint; I am hopeless if I ever had any talent I have used it all up.  Time now to reflect this can take a week or two; longer sometimes.  Over this time I can grow to hate it; it is just not working, it has nowhere to go.  Should I paint over it and start again?  Best to leave it and get to know it better!

doodling again

WIP abstract art ashar

Left to hang

I will have hung it on the wall opposite the door to my studio; so that we confront one another as I enter.  Ever hopeful I will get it! and be able to put it on my work in progress wall; but I have to be patient if I force it at this stage, I will almost certainly spoil it.

The payoff

I can be working on something else and just look up at it, move it to the WIP wall and off we go without consciously thinking about it.  This now is the pay off, I am enthralled totally absorbed in the piece.  we are one again!  I cannot plan it; it just has to happen; that magical moment of recognition and coming together The emotional journey of a painting – that’s the way it is that’s how I work. I would love to hear your views on this in the comments below 

emotional journey of a painting

out there somewhere

I hope you enjoyed this journey with me, if you did please share 

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  1. Hello Ashar,

    I so understand your journey which is known as the process. The process is the most vital part of painting and totally absorbs the artist. You put it all so well. The process is my passion and sure it is yours as well from your description of your journey. It surely worked with this painting. As I view this painting I am drawn into it and feel the journey. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Continued co passion with your art,

    • Hello Edith, always nice to hear from you; yes the process / journey is the art and I am so please you can feel it. that for me is what art is – best ashar

  2. love your work, and what you said about the various phases! I thought I was the only one who regularly went through that transition from “liking to hating” a piece. Your “results” are beautiful! lisa

    • thanks Lisa, much appreciated. Yes I am am just beginning to understand this is all a part of the creative process that most of us go through – best ashar

  3. This is a wonderful and very apt description of the painting process, and reminds me as an artist that it IS a process, and it’s ok to experience all these emotions (and I DO!) but to trust the process, and allow it to unfold naturally and in it’s own time, just as you say. Thank you for reminding me of this. And keep painting, you’re work is inspiring xxx Gwyn

    • Thanks Gwyn, it can be quite painful sometimes as I am sure you know – but as they say not pain no gain. always good to hear from you – best ashar

  4. I often abandon the work and me myself while in process. I have what I call “the wall of contemplation, where every work good or bad must bide it’s time for a month while I take the lessons it has to offer. Rarely do I toss them right away if unsuccessful (for me). But they always, good or bad, inform any new work and joyfully lead me out into the wilderness where I once again, become my own guide.

    It’s a difficult thing, being an artist. People don’t get the utter fear of self exposure, abandonment and the ultimate climax. What a ride! We are fortunate and you’ve expressed it beautifully!



  5. I love your artwork so much! its very abstract and so different from other artist I have seen. I am talking an art history class at the moment and it has definitely opened up a new world to me of art. I thank you for your work that you do and how you are able to express yourself through it.


    • Ashley yes art history is a fascinating and vast subject one you never stop learning from. I wish you well to enjoy it. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my art – best ashar

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