Friday, February 18, 2011

Stepping Out of the Box

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.

3 comments:

  1. These are both great Patricia but you know i love your work. And i love building up layers on my work most of mine have items glued on to add texture.

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  2. I love the dancing with love, you really captured a lovely vision of a women. It almost looks like a digital enhancement. (Which I know nothing about) but have seem them. So Cool that it was intuitive. I also admire you for putting the bible verse on your blog, very special. I was getting ready to buy some gouche, I'd just heard about it. So many things I'd like to do, so little time.

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  3. patti, these abstracts are beautiful! AND they can be perfect for licensing...you may have found another niche for your artwork! Seriously, these can be licensed onto paper, fabric, etc.!

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