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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Abstract Painting: Ideas and Inspiration

 "Where do ideas come from for an abstract painting?

The answer is: inward or outward or both.    The artist may solely tap his or her emotions, experiences, ideas or conflicts by working intuitively.

The artist can use a starting point of something tangible and then break it apart (using elements of art) to abstract it.  

 Or the artist can use both methods.

On a recent weekend at the Carolina Coast I admired the shapes and reflections in the water at the marina.

I even began a painting that included the boats and their reflections in the water but soon realized that my real motivation for painting the scene was the color shapes in those reflections. 

After quickly painting out the boats I focused instead on creating a series of shapes and lines.  

Both the color contrast and selection were pumped-up to create a more interesting work.  Shapes were then repeated in different sizes to create a pattern.  Lines were extended to connect the many parts (shapes).

It is an abstracted view or interpretation of that coastal scene that used a tangible starting point, basic art elements and intangible finishing-process to make it "feel right".

Coastal Abstract
by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas board
8 x 10 inches

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Please share your thoughts on abstracts.

The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge will be opening an art  show September 11, 2015 at Goose Creek Studio in Beford, VA that is titled "Art Elements: Color and Texture".   All of us will be exploring these two art elements in new works.  Each painting will have an explanation by the artist for the viewer about the art element to start the art conversation!  The show will be up through the end of October.

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