Mute On

 
 

I’ve been exploring this muted color palette in my art for a couple of years now. I ended up gravitating toward these softer, earthier tones, I think because of my love for nature. I remember going on many early morning hikes where the marine layer over Santa Monica hadn’t burned off yet, creating this smokey haze over the brush and trees. It’s almost like the quiet fog was muting the air, creating incredible moments of peace. It was really something magical and truly calming.

I’ve been told by many people that my art makes them feel calm and they wonder what inspired this muted color palette. I never really noticed the impact until I would hear this kind of feedback over and over again. I had to really dig deep and think about it, but I feel like I have an organic connection to calmness. I’m a proud introvert who loves quality ‘me time’ - which is why you’ll likely find me painting while listening to music with my headphones. I love just zoning out with a paintbrush and canvas and creating. That is my peace.

In my earlier works, bright color was everywhere. Bright pinks, bold blacks, there was a lot of contrast. And at that time, I could definitely relate to contrast. And by that I mean, I felt as if I was constantly switching lanes, meandering my way through life. Seeking validation and purpose, in my art, in the workplace, etc. - I was here, I was there, I was looking for myself.

Now, my connection to art feels like walking down a foggy but peaceful path - where I feel connected and on the right track, but still not seeing all the way ahead and just going with the flow. But it feels right. I can honestly say that every day, I feel more and more creative - more connected to my creativity and ideas. I feel like I’ve found a way to unlock what I was subconsciously stifling in my earlier work.

So, where does my art go from here? That, I’m not totally sure, but feel like the best is yet to come. Being able to create holds my highest gratitude, so as long as I get to keep doing what I’m doing, I’m perfectly fine with that.


Xo,

Cort

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