This week I decided to take the challenge on that a fellow artist put to me. He made some nice comments about a painting I did last year that is an abstract. He then said, "You ought to do more of these."
This was a particular challenge for me, because I didn't really have an image in my head or a drawing to refer to as I painted along. I just glued some white tissue paper down on my canvas and moved it around with my fingers to create some interesting wrinkles and shapes. It's another step out-of-the-box and toward my goal this year to see what new art will develop if I do something a little out of my comfort zone.
Abstract art is non-objective, that is, it depends on intrinsic form rather then true realism. That's why it can be tricky, but still delightful. You really are not in total control. Sort of a devil-may-care approach!
Anyways, here's what I came up with when I stepped out-of-the-box this week.
This I call "Dance with Love" in honor of Valentine's Day. I did actually try to encourage the tissue into a moving or dancing form. But I had no preconceived notion about the rest of the painting. It just sort of developed as I went along. The medium is acrylic gouche and the piece measures 6x9in.
Here is the second painting I made using the tissue technique, which incidentally I glued onto the canvas with soupy gesso medium. "In the Grass" is also 6x9in.