Last August I explored abstract art a bit, creating different paintings from ideas and suggestions I found in Artist magazine. I’d like to say that I learned a lot from the experience. I’d like to say that I developed a newfound appreciation for abstract art. I really can’t say either of those things, though.
Abstract art remains as much a mystery to me now as it was before I began my little experiments. I had fun with some of the projects. Others were baffling and frustrating. Here are the links, if you’d like to read about the creation process behind each painting.
Or, here’s a quick view… in no particular order.
I can’t say that I like any of these abstractions — or weird paintings as I more usually describe them. All the same, it was good for me to play around with these different ideas. Trying new things — especially things that are out of the ordinary for us — is a good way to broaden our horizons and gain new knowledge.
Today I have one more painting to add to the abstract collection. It, too, was completed during the summer. It’s been sitting around, and I’ve never really cared for it. Lately, though, I’ve been looking at it from different perspectives. I can’t say yet that I like the painting, but I will say that I don’t hate it as much as I once did.
It’s called Point and Counterpoint, and it includes not only acrylic paints, but gesso and fabric. The concept of the painting was based in part on musical expression with ideas of rhythm and polyphony — different voices — predominating.
Or maybe I do still hate the painting. I don’t know. I know that abstract art isn’t something I want to pursue, mostly because I don’t understand it. I do like the idea of abstract expression, though, and from time to time I’ll splatter a little paint around, cut out pieces of fabric, and grab that gesso again. It is fun to play, no matter the results.
Maybe someday I’ll begin to understand abstract art, and maybe then I can create a piece I really do like.