What, might be the Benefits of looking at Abstract paintings? At creating them?
Frees the mind.
Unlocks previously locked doors and boundaries.
Opens new vistas and new creative ideas.
Relaxes the mind in a calm, meditative yet alert fashion.
Quiets the ‘negative, critical’ voice.
Allows – the encouraging and positive. to come forth.
A Positive mindset sets the stage for inventiveness
For playful creativity, for learning from each and every brush stroke
– whether they be “Award winning, Acclaimed” or not.
Abstract forms of art help us in our pursuit of harmony.
In our pursuit of joy, contentedness, self fulfilment,
Abstractions create a needed …. balance within us.
Abstract Harmony and Balance
So, in a way – I would have to say that to create a pleasing work of art in abstract ….. is much harder.
Its also much more fun!
For the “Featured Abstract” Above, this was painted on dry paper. I used Hot Press Paper Arches 90lb (the lightest weight.)
I combined several watercolor techniques.
The mingling of colors was created with charging them together whilst still wet.
The texture was a Splatter technique. And for 50% of the piece I poured, my paint onto the paper.
The Paints, just the 3.
Three colors in The Earth Color palette.
Quinacridone Sienna, Daniel Smith watercolors; Burnt Umber; and Raw Sienna.
3 colors. 3 definite tonal values, at the very minimum.
I used a Limited Palette, which provides the most opportunity for harmony, for greater depth, for better tonal values.
Gateways Created With Abstract Art
Gateways open, we Choose to enter.
Artists travel along pathways, as each….. unfold to us.
Around each New exciting bend and corner.
From collage, to brushstroke….
To magenta wine reflections.
To Pastel pencil quail eggs to acrylics sculptural molding paste effects.
Mountains, Jade waters to rough hewn craggy mountains in watercolors…… the gateway opened and I walked through.
It seems to me, that Abstracts are more.
More than merely scribbles.
More than “child’s play.”
More than the conscious mind takes in.
But, one the subconscious fully embraces with gusto.
Once, we ‘allow’ it.
Once we give it the nod, the ‘OK.’
a beautiful, creativity gateway.