Allen Forrest is a Canadian writer and graphic artist for literary publications and books, the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine, and who’s Bel Red landscape paintings are part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection.
Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding
your way out of the woods, and performing a magic
act. Each time I begin to paint I feel like I am walking
a tightrope sometimes scary, sometimes exciting,
sometimes very quiet, and always, always surprising;
leading me where I never expected to go. Doing art
makes me lose all sense of time and place and go
inside one long moment of creating. Whenever I feel a
painting in my gut, I know this is why I paint.
The colors are the message, I feel them before my
mind has a chance to get involved. Color is the most agile
and dynamic medium to create joy. And if you can find joy
in your art, then you’ve found something worth holding on to.
Drawing is like the foundation and framing of a house. The ability to draw goes hand in hand with the ability to visualize. What you want to draw and how you want to draw can change with time. You must push yourself, but you must also let go and let things happen. Allow what you consider mistakes to be an opportunity to create something different than you intended, this may lead you to an exciting new direction in your work.