Monet had several obsessions including his world-famous haystacks and waterlilies, so did Van Gogh with his beloved Paris and Arles Sunflowers .
Today this practice continues with David Hockney and Lucien Freud – to name but two – painting a series on a particular subject.
Why obsess about one thing and paint it over and over again?
There are many reasons why artists fixate upon a subject. It could be any of the following and many more…
1 To express their deep love of a subject – something with which you have a strong emotional attachment
2 To know the subject in depth – to get to very familiar with it inside out
3 To explore light as it falls on the subject in different conditions
4 To experiment with colours
5 To hone observational skills
Interested in more – then click this link – it makes fascinating reading – Art and Painting in a Series
As for me – I think the main reason I paint a certain animal over and over is because I am captivated by their guilelesness and that is what I strive to express in my paintings – here are some foxes I have painted over the last 3 years – a particular favourite obsession of mine!
What do you create – be it music, dance moves, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, pottery that you do with an OBSESSION and WHY!
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