In search of simple

Simplifying is a process that’s been part of my life for a few years now. It started with a passing interest in minimalist interiors, the sparseness appealed to me on a deep level which prompted a slow progression toward paring back my belongings.

Endless - Oil on board - 30cm x 30cm Seascape by Tori Tipton
Endless – Oil on board – 30cm x 30cm

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

― John Maeda

I’ve let go of so much physical stuff and clutter but now I feel the need to simplify expanding into other areas of my life. The more I answer the call to paint, the less I feel the need for other distractions. Time commitments, noise, and unnecessary obligations have been cut back in order to provide me with the thing that I really need now in my life, space.

It’s this discovery of space in my life that has enabled me to focus on my painting in a way that wouldn’t have been possible before. By ignoring the endless chatter of modern culture, I’ve figured out what really matters to me – loving relationships with family and a few close friends and living a creative life.

“There is nothing quite so complicated as simplicity.”

– Charles Poore

In my latest painting, I’ve attempted to let this simplicity capture the essence of the sea and the sky. It’s a representation of what truly inspires me about the ocean –  it’s unpredictable and transient nature that is vast, endless and always full of possibility.

11 thoughts on “In search of simple

  1. Tori, what can I say? This painting is quite wonderful! Seeing you evolve your painting style and techniques is like watching a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis – fascinating, amazing and beautiful. Looks like you’ve really found a spiritual home in oils! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, I haven’t quite worked out if it’s the subject matter or the medium but I am completely in the zone at the moment! Fingers crossed that it continues.
      Sending happy painting vibes your way, Tori

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I totally understand what you mean, I love the honesty of simplicity where nothing is hidden. It allows a person to interpret it in whichever way they chose and I hope to achieve this in my art.

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