|Up In The Air; Photography; Patterns; Abstraction|
|North Shore, Mirror Lake; Landscape; Photography; Patterns; Abstraction|
I've had trouble painting nearly this whole holiday season, so I gladly participated in Martine Alison's 7photos/7days/7friends Nature Photography challenge. At least I was doing something arty, instead of sitting at my computer playing endless games of Solitaire and combing through my Mexico photos trying to choose good headshots for drawing sessions.
Though I said, in my last post, I was going to finish the challenge up with Rain, the reference photo I used for a painting of the same name, I did not. I found these two and was impressed by how abstract they were and how much I depended upon the abstraction in painting.
Abstractions seems to be shunned by the masses; realism is king. I never understood why. All paintings begin with abstract forms. Indeed, painting itself is the creation of a sense of the three dimensional on a two dimensional plane, but then, sadly what does the public know about art? Zilch, Too bad for them.
Looking through my photo files, I realized I see abstract forms first when I look through a camera lens. And when I compose a painting, I put those abstract shapes down first. From there, I move towards realism..
Sometimes I get there, sometimes I stop short. Most often for me, the more detailed a painting becomes, the more static it becomes--the more glued down, nailed down and lifeless the subject. While I do admire super realism, painting that way makes me crazy...
My son told me once, "Mom, you think too much", Seems I do. Best to leave these thoughts in my last post of 2015.
May you all have a healthy, healthy, happy, happy New Year! Travel safe and may the force be with you.
A FEW ABSTRACT BEGINNINGS I DESIDED WERE THE END
|An abstract study of grasses. |
|Deborah's Pond; Oils; Landscape; Abstraction|
|Birds of Paradise; Watercolor; Abstraction|