A concept is like an "idea".
We spin these ideas in our daydreams and dreams.
Our thoughts center on a strongly felt idea and we mentally search for objects, lines and shapes
to express them.
These ideas propel the painting with a vibrancy and power. Often it is something you want to communicate but you can't do it just by painting a landscape, a figure or a still life.
In order to paint about these ideas and concepts one must create metaphors and symbols which represent them.
Some ideas are well expressed in abstractions using only colors, shapes, lines and values.
For instance, sadness and grief can be expressed by downward lines and sober colors.
Joy and happy by upward shapes and bright colors.
The shapes, colors and lines carry a meaning beyond them selves
and become the language of the artist.
One can search for actual forms to express ideas.
Some of my metaphors and symbols:
Waterfalls as a symbol of immersing, refreshing humanity.
Flowing water as spiritual cleansing.
Dancing symbolizing life and living.
Dresses as God's spirit covering our body
Cactus, symbol of a strong, stable and resilient person.
Ecosystems of botany and bilogy; structure of life forms.
Figures in waterfalls, the sea, trees; the interdependence of life.
Rainbows as good overpowering evil.
All the symbols and metaphors help to express the inexpressible and bring meaning one's creations.
Huge new and exciting vistas open anew to a painter who ventures into the realm of ideas!