View Full Version : why do you paint abstract?

05-23-2003, 05:50 AM
i often wonder about this.
the first answer is "because i like"
then "playing with colors is beautiful"
but at the end i found out that i paint abstracts when i have to express my emotions, bad or nice they coul be. it is a sort of outlet and medicine.
otherwise then when paint subjects, i generally paint then in just one session.

i'm interested in your opinion.
thank for reading,
ciao rapolina.

05-23-2003, 07:33 AM
It's a way to express without the limitations of a given object.

cheers martin

05-23-2003, 08:29 AM
all that is in my mind, and heart needs some release, or the inner pressure will surely blow my head clean off!

05-23-2003, 08:51 AM
It's a release :D

05-23-2003, 09:39 AM
it makes me free.

05-23-2003, 09:40 AM
its kinda like sex.........*wink*

05-23-2003, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by Fagan
its kinda like sex.........*wink*

:D :D :D ;) :D

05-23-2003, 10:09 AM
thats what i said...

05-23-2003, 11:48 AM
Because i'm not a camera. I'm a human.

05-23-2003, 01:27 PM
I enjoy torturing myself

05-23-2003, 03:27 PM
If I wasnt painting I would be doing something else.

05-24-2003, 05:57 AM
i don't paint all the time, though when i do abstract- i do it for release, to relax and say what im feeling/thinking.

05-24-2003, 06:24 AM
I paint abstractly because it expresses the elements I want to focus on in the work - usually colour, light and line. Abstract to me is the reduction of a representational image into these elements. All my paintings ARE specific objects and places.


05-24-2003, 07:18 AM
I think it's just another way to interpret any given subject.

05-24-2003, 08:19 AM
everything, below it's surface or when stripped down to it's origins is abstract. it's just our brain tells our eyes to see things in the way it looks in books/photos etc. abstract takes a deeper look than that.

also my freind told me that if i paint abstract that we can eventually retire to a paradise island where there are lots of beautiful women and they outnumber men by 10 to 1. :D


05-24-2003, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by rapolina

why do you paint abstract?

I don't.. I am a realist.. I paint exactly what I feel and what I see. but people in realist galleries or forums tell me to go away.. and that what I am seeing is not accurate and that I am painting it wrong. so I have to go here and pretend that I am an abstract artist. Am I the only one with fuc..ed up divine visions? I mean I don't just make this sh1t up.

on rare occasions I will paint a pure abstract because I find it relaxing.

05-24-2003, 03:22 PM
life is abstract....isnt it?!

05-24-2003, 06:50 PM
I paint what I gotta paint, and it comes out as it does.

05-24-2003, 08:31 PM
I don't.. I am a realist.. I paint exactly what I feel and what I see. but people in realist galleries or forums tell me to go away..

You know this reminds me of this very famous painter (1900's), forgot the name, that painted these blurred landscapes etc. with different colors than others would and so on and later it was found that he actually had an eye-illness...and while everybody thought he was just ahead of his time, he just painted how he actually saw things!

05-25-2003, 02:01 AM
van gogh
he had something called xanthopsia... excuse my spelling.
yellowing of vision or something which is why his stars and lights always had halos.


05-25-2003, 01:26 PM
I thought it was Monet with they eye problems.. Similarly, the architect Buckminster Fuller.. inventer of the geodesic dome was born crosseyed.. which he often said gave him the ability to see intrinsic patterns in things.. sometimes peoples physical or mental perspective is so strong as to actually model their reality I guess.

05-25-2003, 02:54 PM
not sure about Monet, never learned much about him but Gogh definitely had xenthopsia, just recently learned of it in class.

But you got me curious about Monet now, I might have to do some learning on him. That would really shed some light on the impressionistic movement.