Friday, March 25, 2005

Abstract and the Artist.

When you use a term like Abstract Art, most people don't know that the term refers to a specific genre. Abstract Art is not the same as Abstract Expressionism, nor is it a dead art form (like Dada). Abstract art is created when the artist selects a subject and then exaggerates or simplifies the forms therein. The most commonly known examples of Abstract art or Abstraction are the cubist works of Pablo Picasso.
Now that we're clear on that, I can move on to tell you that I am doing a series of abstract works based on the trees around our house. (Pictures to come, eventually)
I can also tell you that I've run out of gesso and white paint (it's hard to make gray without white), so a trip to the art supply store is clearly in order. I have 2 blank canvases I hope to fill before April runs out.
I am having difficulties in the area of time management, due to the fact that I am tyranted over by a 5-month-old child. (You can read about that here)
Below you'll find an image that I created using a computer program and some digital images. I really enjoy using the program, but I find myself unable to commit to doing a series on the computer. I find it not as satisfying as the art forms that require you to get dirty (paint, clay, printmaking). There's something immensely gratifying to me about being paint (or clay) spattered at the end of the day. It makes me feel as though I've accomplished something.

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