Monday, March 7, 2016

Abstract Nature

I recently saw a demonstration of abstract painting in pastel by Debora Stewart. I related too many of the things she was saying and the way she works. Even the surface she works on, Rives BFK paper. This got me thinking about how I work within the concept of abstract. Applying layers bringing my work into the realism of my vision of the natural world.

According to Dictionary.com here is what is said about  the word abstract.
 Adjective:
1.expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object...
Fine Arts
2.of or relating to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or  geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to their relationship to one  another.
Noun: an idea or term considered apart from some material basis or object.
Verb: to consider as a general quality or characteristic apart from specific
objects or instances.

The definitions in themselves seem a bit abstract. What I am taking from this information and the demonstration is art and life has at some point abstractness. An  unknown, what will it be when it is finished. We may start with one idea and it abstracts into another. What we see in life or through the camera lens may not work. We the artist, abstract the colors, line, form, or concept to create our art work. Just as in life, if the path we are on isn't working, we adjust, alter or abstract the situation. 

Marbling with inks on starch based surface

Pulp painting with recycled handmade paper

Debora Stewart demonstration at AZ Pastel Artists Association 

Japanese Garden, Phoenix, AZ photograph of reflections

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