A workable concept is a verbalized “why” you are creating this art. It is communication on a philosophical and emotional level. Content rises in our mind and has a spirit or life that passes the test of time. A concept can be developed as you recognize a message emerging from your work. This could be developed into a series of paintings. Keep it simple; many times we see more linguistic garbage about a concept than there is in the work.
The concept behind this piece is about the beauty and power of our combined ages. Every generation of life is strengthened when combined with another. I show this by contrasting a mature tree next to a sprig next to a dead branch. The beauty of these combined stages of life is supported by showing the camaraderie between the grandparent and child.
*Excerpt from Progressive Painting: Your Creative Journey © Ellen Jean Diederich, Givinity Press