31 Days of May and the painting pressure is on! But, it seems The Muse of Abstraction has shown her face today.
Yet, I had secretly hoped for the arrival of the Muse “Delight in the Dance.”
And that with my Brush, the Muse and myself we’d have a lovely time, and not entertain the Muse of Tragedy.
Photo #1 This is the normal uncut regular view of the subject.
5 Steps To Abstracting Designs
Going From the regular view, I’ve now zoomed in closer in Photo #2. I’m zeroing in on just a few of the petal shapes.
In Photo #3, I’ve watercolored a foundation in golden orange and let it dry.
Then I went over the top, with a heavy marker. Defining big exaggerated, broad petal shapes.
Unhindered by the ‘real’ color, or the ‘real’ shapes’ or the ‘real’ tones. At this point all I’m after is a design in lines. An abstracted version of a floral subject!
Photo #4 I’ve made the watercolor background a pinker version.
Glazing over, to create a coral shade. Then retracing the design, discarding some of the exterior petals.
This creates a more abstract design.
In photo #5 I went completely digital. Just as a What If exercise.
Into photoshop, zooming into some areas, layering, adding and cropping. Then using multiple drawing and painting tools and filters. Plus played with the mirror image. More Recoloring and cropping. …….. What I do like about it, are the negative spaces.
These 5 images show the steps of the journey that the Muse of Abstraction had in store for me today.
The Muses of Art
Muses are funny, fickle and fleeting. They certainly can never be forced into obedience either. They show as they will. Or not.
And, you get the one that deigns to visit.
I’ve done better. I’ve done worse. There is Always Tomorrow.
Tomorrow, I’m sure will be better!
In the meantime: My job, …. is to show up to the paper.
I was so hoping for the arrival of the Muse “Delight in the Dance.” That with my Brush, the Muse and myself we’d have a lovely time, and not entertain the Muse of Tragedy.
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