Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Abstract Expressionist Daily Painting Spring II

Abstract Expressionist Daily Painting Spring II, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:
Title: Scattering Seeds in the Wind

Media: acrylic
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)

Price: $100,unframd + $5 s/h in the USA

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artbymj said...

I am very interested in learning more about abstract art but often just don't understand it. However, I see this, and I DO feel that connection - wonderful! :0) It makes me think of spring and new starts and freshness. Love it! I think it would be great in a larger format as well.

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi mj,

Thanks for visiting. Here's a few thoughts about abstract paintings. First, when you work non-objectively, that is without a recognizable subject, like a landscape, figure or basket of fruit the elements of art become your subject. That means that the success of the painting will depend on arranging shapes,lines, colors and textures in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Any concept or emotion you'd like to comunicate has to be done through manipulating these essential elements. Colors must be exactly right, whether that means harmonious or contrasting and the placement of every stroke and shape must contribute to the overall design. There can be a focal point or an overall pattern, variety or repitition, but it must be arranged in such a way as to engage the viewers mnind and eye. Most of this is the same for relistic paintings, it's just that when painting realism all these elements need to serve the purpose of creating an illusion of reality. When painting abstractly you are more at liberty to concentrate on the design without the worries of getting it to look like something else from the real world. It can be very freeing but also very frustrating since you must work from within yourself and know intuitively when something "works" or doesn't "work". Part of that is training your eye to see relationships in color, value, shape, line and texture, and painting this way is hardr than it looks. Unfortunately, there are amny folks out there who think it is enough to slop some paint on a canvas and call it an abstract painting, and the result is horrid. Which is why I think a lot of people who look at abstract art "don't get it" or think it looks terrible, usually because it is. But well done abstract paintings can be very moving and can connect with a viewer in a powerful way.

Larger format abstracts are coming soon. I'm working on some minimalist landscapes right now, sop check back in a week or so for some large format abstracts here.

Again, thanks for visiting and happy painting,

artbymj said...

Thank you for taking the time to write this. I found it very helpful and perhaps the best explanation I've heard! Happy painting to you too :0)

anabellster said...

This is very interesting. I have enjoyed looking at it. :)