Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Autumn Abstraction

Autumn Series #1 Back to School
10x12, acrylic
Jan Blencowe
$300,unframed, $10 s/h
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OK here I go again, another burst of abstract expressionism! LOL I truly love doing these, which may surprise some of you. They are the greatest challenge, the most difficult to do and the process is very exciting (and sometimes anxiety provoking) because the route and the destination is unknown. This creative process is very different from what I wrote about yesterday, a process in which the artist calls the shots and directs the development of the painting, using a series of tools and strategies to create a realistic or impressionistic image that reflects outward reality. This process is completely the opposite. In abstract expressionism the painting itself tells the artist where it needs to go. Each mark the artist makes is evaluated and the painting shows whether or not the mark is contributing to the success of the painting. Tools like color, value, shape, line, texture, gesture, and design are all employed but they must combine to create something unique (not a reflection of something that already exists) and they must work together to communicate the artists concept or theme or else the concept/theme must develop as the painting comes into being, something that is an even greater challenge. This is going to be a series of 6 or perhaps 7 pieces that I will execute over the next few weeks, and I will be drawing inspiration from the seasonal changes of the autumn, its colors, sights, sounds and smells. Tomorrow I'll share with you how to evaluate a piece of abstract art, how to know if it's well done or just a pile of paint smattered on a board by a charlatan ( don't think there aren't a lot of those out there, and don't be distracted by the high price tag either!!)

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