Abstraction: Freedom from representational qualities in art
The first painting I recall creating as a child (4 yrs old) was an abstract. I called it 'Archway'. My grandmother fell in love with it and had it beautifully framed for her home, where it hung in her stylish living-room until she died in her late 90's.
Many of my abstract works are on wood or canvas and some on paper. All mediums: oils, enamel, acrylic, oil pastels, silver-leaf and graphite.
With abstract work I feel that I get closer to my original experience of the creative process with art - specifically with painting.
My work is based solely on feeling; emotions and their immediate translation into colour or form.
My responses to that which I absorb from the world around me, filter through from mind to body and translate into visible creation.
The emotive energy of the work is a very big part of each piece.
It has taken me some time to get to this place, where I can go straight to the canvas or paper with nothing but an emotion and not have that process interrupted by context and intellectual understanding.
I seem to be taking orders from my inner artist as I feel my way through the process; 'this is right here', 'more yellow here', 'this must go away' or 'more of this' etc.
I simply trust the odd monologue that goes on inside my
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For me, the creation process of an abstract painting is closest described as a form of dance - conscious, intuitive movement through reactions and responses of creation.
Through the making, I am distilling an emotion down to a few simple things, stripping away context which gives me the freedom I often long for when creating representational art works.