I have been working on several new paintings in my studio. Some of them I know where I am “going” with them, some are just plain experimental.
A bit of history about me and abstract paintings. I love abstracts. When I go to museums and galleries, the paintings that are my favorites are usually the abstracts, or very loose paintings. My history with art has been mostly drawing. As a very young child I started drawing everything I would see. I learned by copying, a lot. As a teenager I drew faces for fun (yes, I really did!). As a result my artwork was very “tight”, realistic. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, but the abstracts are what has always excited me, what I am drawn to. Since I am mostly self-taught, I have struggled with how to even start an abstract painting. I have bought several books that have guided me through the process, but as any of you artists know, it takes a lot of work to make some of that very “simple” looking artwork. At least for me anyway. You can look back at some of my previous posts (last year) with some of my abstract paintings, which I have been very happy with. The workshop this last summer also helped me a lot, learning some techniques, and also knowing to just trust my instincts and have fun. (And I am having a blast!!)
Now to my latest piece. I “think” I am happy with this new one. It has gone through many many layers and reincarnations. I think it looks like a loose landscape. This has been a painting that I have had sitting in the corner of my studio and I keep looking at it and adding to it. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. With the last layer I decided I like it. Let me know your thoughts!!!