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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Working out some new ideas

Red Pepper Abstraction 5x7" Colored Pencil on Illustration Board

While waiting for paint to dry (one of my frequent "issues" on this blog), I got some of my examples out from a class I taught a year and a half ago and think maybe I'd like to take this idea and expand upon it for a new painting. It just so happens, I have a beautiful red pepper from my garden and have to do something with it pretty soon. My plan is to eat it... but before that, I think maybe I could paint it too! So, with that in mind, I've gone back to some older ideas of abstraction via simplification and exaggeration. Stay tuned!

I think its kind of funny that growing up I didn't really like abstract art. (Many of my students don't either!), but I've come to appreciate it in my adult years. I find it is very challenging to do well - and what I like about it most is that the essence of shape and line and color can really be explored, and emphasized, and just played with without restrictions! That being said, a quick glance backward through this blog will also tell you that I really like working in many styles. I have recently come to peace with that ... and don't feel so strongly that I need to limit myself to one type of work. It is fun to explore and play!


drb said...

Abstraction is hard to do well -- but you have done it well here. Striking.

BoydGreeneArt said...

Great idea and execution. I love an experimental artist. It is the only way to grow. Sometimes I go overboard and cause myself a lot of extra work! But it causes me to grow. Great job and great idea.

Sandy B. said...

Sigh! I wish I could be one of your students. They say that variety is the spice of life, so keep up the "spicy" work!

Lori McNamara said...

I love your design in this painting, very cool.

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