This blog post will not be a violin whine of apologist on abstract art or non-representational art. No, I just want to show you how to see this art in new light — several different ways.
Before I took several art courses on mixed media painting art at mid-life, I didn’t have much appetite for abstract art. All too often, I was scornful and jaded.
But to execute anything well, you need some dim awareness of colour theory to magically layer colours to make a brand new hue.
A fingertip touch of line edges, media texture and an eye for fusing shapes and hues becomes your guide across the canvass, as it blooms with colour, darkness and light. Like the light of shifting sun with a drizzle-swirl of rain.
Often I am inspired by 2-3 pieces of block tissue prints to meld them into a new life. After the layer of acrylic paint washes and letting it dry, I work away for a few hours. It is
play of imagining colour and new transparencies of line shapes that suddenly pop out on the ever-changing canvass.
Now, this is all 1 painting but 4 different poses offered to you. No, I’m not offended if you turn the painting topsy-turvy to find meaning. Isn’t that what art is anyway? Finding meaning that resonates with the brain-soul-heart? It doesn’t matter what the artist thinks, it’s what the viewer latches on for a few minutes. If the painting is strikingly unusual, the person may even remember some shapes and colour patches awhile later.
Have I diminished the value of this painting by suggesting there are different display positions? Often to art innocents, this is the greatest criticism of abstract art.
Which painting view do you like the most? I have my favourite painting poses. But most of all, I hope you will find a different energy and dreamscape in each interpretation.