In June 2017, one of our members, a very talented artist in her own right, gave us a lesson on Abstract Art. This was quite departure for all of us and I must say that it was a learning curve for me. Mostly having done quilting, fibre arts and mixed media pieces over the past many years, abstract painting left me wide eyed like a deer in the headlights.
I did learn that it was not best to scrimp with the paint and that abstract art can be a work in progress allowing layers to dry before adding new ones so you might want to work on more than one project at a time. Choice of tools can enhance your efforts and are certainly not limited to brushes. We had credit cards for scrapers, modified brushes, hand made stamps, drywall tape to name just a few.
My efforts on one of the two pieces I started are show below. I have yet to compete either one.
|Left, first effort, scrimping on paint.Right, new layers, more paint, more interest.|
I walk each morning around the hood and always have my phone with me so I can take photos of interesting things I see. About a week ago I was on my walk and came across this table on the edge of a lawn and could not resist a photo.
Abstract Art as its best.
I marvelled at the artist, most certainly a young child, able to produce this perfect mess that could most certainly be hung in any gallery and there was likely no adult intervention in the process, just a childlike joie de vivre while messing about with some paint.
I wish as adults we could capture some of that feeling.
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