Thursday, September 18, 2008

SOLD Autumn Abstraction #2

Autumn Series #2, Harvest Moon
10x12, acrylic
Jan Blencowe

Today's painting is inspired by the full moon that I've been admiring for a few days now. September's moon is the harvest moon. While I'm working on this series of abstract expressionist paintings I thought I might talk a little about the language of abstract painting. A lot of artists like abstract and semi-abstract paintings and that is partly because the visual language used to create abstract art is derived from, and in some cases exactly the same as, the visual language used to create traditional paintings. So artists already "speak the language" and thus have an easier time "reading' the painting. Without an obvious subject, the elements of art take center stage, their arrangement,exaggeration, emphasis, inclusion, supression or elimination become the subject. The elements of art are: line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color. Next you need to become acquainted with the principles of art: movement, unity, variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, proportion, and pattern. These 15 ideas are what artists use to create any kind of visual image. If you're an artist you need to know these with the same intimacy a writer knows the rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, a musician knows chords, arpeggios and chord progressions, a ballet dancer knows the positions and exercises practiced at the barre and a webdesigner knows HTML and javascript. If you're an art collector, art lover or casual viewer you just need to be familiar with them and know which ones are your favorites and play an important role in paintings that you are drawn to and love. More on this tomorrow.

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