Insights about making abstract art:
As I've experienced letting go and painting whatever I feel...allowing the colors and movements to complement and harmonize in whatever fashion feels right...images will start to appear "accidentally". Images, or perhaps sensations too. It may take a few times. In fact, it almost always does! I'll step away, look at it from several angles, sometimes turn the canvas upside down, sideways, and voila'! I'll "see" it! It will make me gasp, delight, marvel. I'll feel as if I've stumbled upon an ancient artifact and am now simply clearing away the dust, allowing the treasure to be revealed...what was buried to come to the light. And, I get the strong sense that this image (or images) that has come forth has bubbled up from inside the buried places of my unconscious. I experience this work as a revelation and as it comes to light, it's as if I'm becoming more whole in the process. It really confirms what Carl Jung discovered about how we must make the unconscious conscious in order to "individuate", and as I'm now discovering from some of his more obscure writings, to basically prepare ourselves to "return to the Light World". Now, that, of course is a very strange and controversial Gnostic mystery. In fact, throughout history, the Christian church tried to suppress these unorthodox Gnostic understandings. But, the more I experience this process, the more I can see it makes sense to me. In order to handle the Light, we must be made ready for it. Like the poet, Emily Dickinson observed: "The truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind."
Now, what abstract art is teaching me lately is that all of life can be approached like making these spontaneous paintings. I have been looking at my daily life this way. "Paint the day", so to speak, and dust off what's "coming through", blend, harmonize, ask myself what is emerging here...and then I'll see it and gasp, delight, and marvel. I'll feel more whole in the process, more connected and empowered despite all the many ugly, dark, painful, uncomfortable parts. In fact, having this philosophical approach to daily life ("love of wisdom" is the meaning of the word, "philosophy"), will make the painful parts tolerable and even, by some grace, transmutable. Perhaps this is what was meant by "the consolation of philosophy". Anyway, when all that fails, I'll just come back to humor and laugh. That works pretty good too.