Five New Paintings and One WIP

This past Saturday evening our little town hosts a shopping night called, “Ladies Night Out.” I was invited by Dan Raber of Colonial Homestead to display my art and paint live that evening. While I had no sales it was a great experience and I was able to get my work out there to the public.

I painted five 12″ x 12″ x 3/4″ paintings in my Free Will series:
Untitled #1-#5 from top to bottom
acrylic on canvas
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The live painting I was working on is not finished so what I’m showing you is still the WIP.
24″ x 24″ x 1.4
acrylic on wood board
Untitled #6
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Some of my personal notes on this:
Happy with bottom 2/3 – need to straighten and maybe do a step down horizon at the vertical sections. The top part is a hot mess now, need to unify that by cutting in hard edge shapes with a good flat brush and not make them organic but rectangle and square. I think that would play nice with the organic textured areas around it. I’m happy with the bold graphic line marks and the fine sgraffito marks as well. I need to clean up the muddy area below center with the gray, green and red is. Terrible, needs better refinement.

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Set Free!

Today, you are set free. You no longer have to imagine abstract images as reality. If you like doing it then more power to you, but you don’t have to. You can accept the abstract for what it is, abstract. No longer do you have to twist your head and squint your eyes to make that blob into a horse or a face, a dragon, tree, cloud, sky, water, flowers. If it helps you, then go ahead, but it’s not a prerequisite.

Imagine you’re at a high-end party. Your hard of hearing and someone comes over, shakes your hand and says something in your ear and smiles. You didn’t understand them but you don’t want to tell them that you’re hard of hearing so you nod and smile back. Even though you don’t know what they said you feel that whatever they told you was meant to be good. This is an abstract painting. You may not know what is being said but it still makes you feel good.

The bottom line about abstract art. Ask yourself this: Do I like it? If the answer is yes, then nothing else matters. If no, then the art you are looking at isn’t worth your time. Move on with your life.