“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”

April 26, 2016

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso

I wanted to show you some of my new work I’ve created recently. I went through a creative dry patch over the past couple of weeks, after my new series of ocean paintings. I was SO hard on myself for not being able to paint. Probably because I’m used to painting every few days, so to go a few weeks without expressing myself was awful. I felt all trapped and stuffy. I also got panicky that I was never going to feel inspired again…LOL! I know…as if that would ever happen!

Once I stopped panicking, that was when the ideas came back. It was right before we went away for a short holiday, and I’d written off painting as I needed to pack etc. It seems as soon as you stop yourself from creating, thats when the need to create comes the strongest. So instead of doing any packing, I painted for the next five hours until half one in the morning. (Oops!)  This is why I thought the title, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”, from Pablo Picasso was perfect. Painting after such a dry patch, made me feel like I could breathe again. And it actually felt like the dust had been washed off me. Especially as I was painting splashing waves.

I loosened up with trying out an abstract piece. I love abstract art and I’ve never been able to do it. I feel like it’s so creative as it isn’t even influenced by an ‘object’ it just looks like feelings on a canvas. I quickly discovered the fact that, I should leave abstract paintings, to the abstract artists. But, i’m glad I tried, because I felt like it gave me these amazing ideas of painting waves in an abstract way. I seriously recommend ‘loosening’ up with this method if you’re feeling at a creative block. I cut up my favourite colours from a magazine, stuck them in my sketchbook and used it as inspiration. Again I didn’t really like the outcome, or enjoy the process. But it just goes to show that if your paintings aren’t working out, try a different style.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our soulsAs I said, the process of creating this abstract gave me the idea to use a palette knife and fluid paint only, for an ocean painting. When I made the first one, I found I couldn’t stop and now there are 13 wave paintings in this series already!  Hope you like them and I’d love some feedback from you, to see what you think.






You can keep following the journey of this new series with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. All of these paintings are for sale, if you’d like to enquire about any, just email me at shop@katiejobling.com.

Love Katie x

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  • Reply Tim Piggott April 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Absolutely love these Katie. They are so full of life and sparkle. The earlier sea paintings evoked peace and calm. These inspire exhilaration and awe. Please don’t stop believing in yourself!

    • Reply katiejobling April 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Tim! This true actually, I wonder if they speak my state of mind i think it’s because Summer is coming. It makes me feel excited 99% of the time if it’s sunny ✨

  • Reply Sandra April 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Great job Katie, abstract is fun and even though we love what we created its just a bit scary wondering will others feel the same but really that’s no different to anything you paint it has to jump out at people and everyone likes different things!!
    If people talk about it, like or hate it that’s good as its made people look stop and think, that’s art!!! 🙂 x

    • Reply katiejobling April 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Hi Sandra, Wow what a wonderful way of viewing criticism! I love your attitude. I’m if ever scared to show my creations I will read to comment again 🙂 thanks so much for reading and your comment! X

  • Reply Anonymous May 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    A smile naturally comes to my face when I see these latest canvases. Maybe the theme , the sea, or maybe that these are so free on the canvas. I feel trapped in so many ways and maybe they give me hope of freedom. You know what I mean! Have designed a Katie wall in my living room. Definitely got to have one of this series on it! What’s next I ask myself?!!!!

    • Reply katiejobling May 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Aww that’s so lovely to hear! I understand completely about the sense of feeling ‘free’. I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed painting them so much. They make me feel free as I’m painting them too, as I literally throw paint onto them and the fact I don’t know where it’s going to land has a huge feeling of no control, but accepting that. Hmm I might write a new blog post about that

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