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creativevintage
05-25-2015, 02:55 PM
I have always wanted to try abstract painting. I took a small piece of a reference photo of the marsh and interpreted it in complementary colors. It was a lot of fun, and I really liked the result.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/979782-Abstract_in_Orange_and_Blue_I.jpg

Nick7
05-25-2015, 03:53 PM
Well done!

For me, abstract art is very difficult to even try. Because it is hard to say if it is "good" because you don't have any reference photo :D And I think that you need to stop worrying and put aside all doubts and everything that holds you back.

water girl
05-25-2015, 04:43 PM
Wonderful! The colors just pop!

jackiesimmonds
05-26-2015, 03:08 AM
Well done!

For me, abstract art is very difficult to even try. Because it is hard to say if it is "good" because you don't have any reference photo :D And I think that you need to stop worrying and put aside all doubts and everything that holds you back.

Producing a good abstract painting is, to my mind, no different really to producing a good any kind of painting. The thing to bear in mind is that there is still a need for GOOD COMPOSITION - the design of the shapes within the rectangle. There also needs to be "considered" colour rather than just random colour.

The expression "my five year old could have done that" only comes from people who know nothing about art and the nuts and bolts of creating a painting.

There are good books out there on the subject, to "hold your hand" if you decide to venture into the world of abstract painting.

Blayne
05-26-2015, 11:44 AM
When I look at this, I see two "eyes," the dark areas towards the top and left, which have some sort of gravitational pull, sucking everything into them. I don't know if this painting "succeeds" as a "good" abstract painting, because I am no judge of that, but it does have force and movement, and I think the colors were well chosen.

Jackie, do you have some favorite books on abstract painting that you recommend?

jackiesimmonds
05-30-2015, 02:42 AM
Bayne, Look up Laura Reiter on google, she has a couple which explain things well for the beginner to abstracts. "Painting Accessible Abstracts" is one of them.

There are others specific to abstraction such as "Realistic Abstracts" by Kees van Aalst, and The Art of Abstract painting by Rolina van Vliet.

Then, there are lots I have enjoyed and picked up information from. The kind of book to look out for is one that is strong on the composition and design aspect. I believe good abstract painting are all about good design.
including:
The Creative Artist by Nita Leland
Creative composition and Design by Pat Dews

jackiesimmonds
05-30-2015, 02:55 AM
Debbie, trying to be objective rather than subjective here.

In terms of design, I would just warn you to try to look a little deeper. On the plus side, the handling of the pastel is gorgeous, and so this has lots to commend it. But there is a bit of "monotony" going on.

Take a look at this. See how your main strong lines divide the canvas into three parts by way of a large "Y" creating no obvious focal area other than a line down the middle of the canvas.

Then, you have repeated three blue areas, and three orange areas. I feel rather too many repeats dissipates the power of the image. Ideally, a stronger, off-centre "focal area" would be better, and fewer obvious trios of repeats.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1805-absract_in_orange_and_blue_y.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1805-absract_in_orange_and_blue_trios.jpg

One possible solution - and it is only ONE, I hasten to add, is to crop, to take the "Y" effect away:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1805-absract_in_orange_and_blue2.jpg

The dark spots are still a bit obviously repetitive and similar to each other, but easy enough to change in terms of scale, or even tone.

Here is another, just for the fun of it - I wonder how this makes you feel, b comparison?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1805-absract_in_orange_and_blue_horizontal.jpg

ambrebrune
05-30-2015, 03:07 AM
Pretty work, and very fine analysis. :)
Very interesting and constructive.

Norma46
05-30-2015, 11:25 AM
I think it is a great idea to go abstract now and then as away jof getting free of compulsivity to achieve realism. The results may not may not result in great compositions but can be good exercises. I really enjoy Karen Margulis's work which defintely loose and semi abstract.

robertsloan2
05-30-2015, 10:59 PM
This is interesting and cool that you started from an image of a marsh. I hadn't thought of starting from something figurative on an abstract, might try that sometime. THanks for the analysis, Jackie.