ADAM KEENE

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ADAM KEENE

600.00

JUST GO AHEAD AND LAUGH

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

12 IN. X 36 IN.

2015

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ADAM KEENE

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

I have always drawn. I've always had a modicum of talent for it but I never took it very seriously. When getting better got difficult and boring I put it down in favor of music and friends. For years my pencils laid dormant. In Late 2009, I was at a crossroads in my life. Playing music and working a day job were falling far too short of my basic need to feel alive and stay sane. My mind was a chaotic mess. Drained and feeble I needed an escape, a purpose, a reason to learn and keep learning. 

One day on the phone with my eldest brother I began to draw. Ballpoint pen on cheap computer paper. That's how it started and it didn't stop. I ramped up my efforts and made various attempts to study artists I liked. That wasn't enough, though. I needed real foundations. My first real drawing class helped me see the road ahead much more clearly. I understood the basics of light, form and composition and that made me brave enough to take on color and painting. 

Up to this point, I had done some various paintings and experiments with color but it wasn't until I began to put acrylics on canvas that things started to really open up. It felt intuitive. It felt right. The possibilities of world creation were at my fingertips. The materials and their potentials brought about something I didn't expect. I started painting cartoons. Jokes, characters of whimsy and oddity began to creep into my head. My creativity had been sparked again. After years of reproducing styles and techniques that 'looked' cool, I found something that I could produce with nothing but a brush and my breath. And I've kept breathing life onto the daunting blank page ever since. 

To put there what hasn't been before. To make something that makes your eyes dance and your mouth smile. To keep me happy and ever reaching. That's why I paint. The journey has many twists and turns. As I continue down this path it grows ever longer. I'm thankful for that. Who would want it to end?

JUST GO AHEAD AND LAUGH

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 12 IN. X 36 IN., 2015

 A musing on the hidden life of my mind.