Following Diebenkorn’s 10 Rules for Abstract Painters, here are abstract artist, Candace Mitchell’s:
I would characterize my earlier work most generally as Colorist, which means I exaggerate color, or perhaps use a color not actually there in reality. All my life I have loved color, and still remember vividly opening a 100 pack of Crayola Crayons given to me by my father’s best friend when I was 5. I was mesmerized, more thrilled than if I had just been introduced to Peter Pan! Once I was able to draw away from the spectacular glow emanating from that box I set about to memorize the name of each color held within. So many colors and all mine with which to create beautiful pictures. The wonder and enthusiasm I felt at the age of 5 as I stared into that marvelous palette is with me to this day as I face my blank canvas.
Art brings to me great joy. And even greater joy now that I have expanded freely into abstraction and paint not from what I see before me, but from what lies submerged deep within my soul. My art has become a reflection, I believe, of the very essence of who I am: multifaceted, complex, emotional, enriched by lived experience, and bursting with an expressive desire to openly share all of this through my work. Thus I have, after all these years of working in academia, found a true home with Nella Lush and my fellow artists in the group which meets every Tuesday morning in Nella’s studio: “Art from the Soul”.