Studio Update: Evolving Abstraction

I hesitated for a long time to experiment with abstraction. Here’s a secret: a lot of us so-called realists  believe, deep down inside, that abstraction – good abstraction  – is really hard and we lack the imagination to develop our own visual language. At least, that’s what I thought before I decided to play with it in a serious way.

But now that I’ve completed forty-two of my illumination studies, plus a half-dozen small paintings for this series, I can definitely see something emerging.

Certain shapes, colors, and feelings pop up again and again, like a recurring dream or obsessive doodle drawn over and over. And, in spite of my fear that abstraction would not feel true for me, I see many echos of my past work in them, even echos of my realistic paintings. I feel ready to explore this language more in a larger piece.

Here is my latest batch. As always, you can find these and the rest of the series in my Etsy shop.

Study No. 37, 5 x 5 inches, Watercolor, Gouache, and Watercolor Pencil on Paper
Study No. 37, 5 x 5 inches, Watercolor, Gouache, and Watercolor Pencil on Paper
Study No. 38, Watercolor, Gouache, Watercolor Pencil and Handmade Stamps on Paper
Study No. 38, 5 x 5 inches, Watercolor, Gouache, Watercolor Pencil and Handmade Stamps on Paper
StudyNo39
Study No. 39, 5 x 5 inches, Gouache and Handmade Stamps on Paper
StudyNo40
Study No 40, 5 x 5 inches, Watercolor, Gouache, Watercolor Pencil, and Handmade Stamps on Paper
StudyNo41
Study No 41, 5 x 5 inches, Watercolor, Gouache, Handmade Stamps and Watercolor Pencil on Paper
StudyNo42
Study No. 42, 5 x 5 inches, Gouache and Handmade Stamps on Paper

 

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6 thoughts on “Studio Update: Evolving Abstraction

  1. Happy to hear you’ve become comfortable with abstract art. I’m drawn to the “waves” and “leaves” #39 and #40 respectively. I have been experimenting in this direction also and find my work includes a lot of round shapes :)

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