When it comes to abstract art, I’ve noticed pretty mixed reviews. Art appreciators general either love them or hate them, and artists either fear them or embrace them. I used to be one of the former but, I’ve faced a LOT of my fears (except skydiving/bungee jumping… that’s sooo NOT happening). What I love about abstracts is the mixed reactions. I love that everyone sees something a bit different. I find the question “Ok, but what is it SUPPOSE to be?” hilarious!
The First Abstract
The day came where I really wanted to make art, but I didn’t want to put in the effort to do my “usual” process. I wanted something abstract and I wanted instant gratification to get me started so I could build from there. I threw some supplies together, blew it up and smoked it out (I’m talking gunpowder and smoke bombs). Then, I sat and stared at it for hours. I was pleased and I enjoyed the process, but it took me a while to work up the courage for the next step. Finally, I added some charcoal and pastels until “In Waiting” was born.
I took “In Waiting” to my critique group and listened to them discuss their interpretations of “what it’s SUPPOSE to be”. I just leaned back and grinned, trying to see what they saw, too. One saw a puppet, one saw a face, one said something about a samurai sword? Finally, they all looked at me and I said, “I don’t know… I see a fish waiting in the reeds?”
After creating my first abstract, I quickly became addicted and realized it started a frenzy. With this new process, there’s no way I can make two alike… I probably couldn’t even make them similar. I now have several other methods for abstracts, such as my Abstract Flower Series (some shown below).