Thursday, 21 February 2013

More Abstract Paintings

I feel a bit like a newscaster on a Saturday evening when they are giving out the football results and they say ....If you do not want to know the results look away now!  Well, if you are not into abstract art (and not very good abstract art at that!) look away now. And if this is your first visit to this blog site, PLEASE look at some of the previous posts to get some idea of what I normally paint! This is really not me at all!!

This weeks subject at Avon Valley Artists Group was Abstract Art. We all find this very difficult and so we try to offer members a starting point of some sort, and in this case, it was small squares cut from glossy magazines with just tiny parts of the picture showing, mostly based on circles. Members were asked to build a piece of abstract painting from the small piece of design that they chose. We also suggested that they could tackle the subject in any way they liked if they found this easier,

Readers will know that I tried to get into the swing of things by painting a very loose representation of a field of poppies (see post dated 13th February) with very mixed results. I am determined to enjoy the process even if the results are no threat to the likes of Kandinsky, so before the group meeting I had another go. Still using the idea of surface texture, I was going to apply some gesso to the paper, quite thickly in places to give some texture, but on opening the tub, I discovered that the remaining third had dried hard in the tub. Not to be daunted, I used a tube of 'Fix And Grout' instead, which in some ways was better, because the paint is nicely absorbed by the gritty substance. This does not happen with gesso.

Whilst the grout paste was still wet, I used the end of a thread bobbin to make circles in the paste, and used a pencil end to draw lines in it. Then I left it to dry thoroughly. When dry, I concentrated on solely producing a visually pleasing arrangement of colours, and then used the top of a spray bottle to add circles in both white and black to the design.


I shall call it 'Out Of Darkness, Into Light'  and pretend that that was where I was heading all the time!!



Armed with these two test paintings, I went to AVA no better prepared to tackle another abstract painting, but as always, willing to have a go.

At least I feel that my attempt was a true abstract, lots of members resorted to pattern making, which I am not sure is the same thing. It was suggested that we base our ideas vaguely on circles, and I did try to keep that in mind when producing the painting.


'Blossom'  Mixed Media on paper
Approx 28 x 38 cm

For anyone interested, I first washed the whole of the paper with a variety of colours including Qinachridone Purple, Ultramarine Violet, Teal Blue, Pthalo Blue and Pthalo Green. When it was completely dry, I washed over the surface with a watered down PVA paste and stuck a piece of crumpled white tissue paper to the surface. I rollered it down with a lino print roller to give very fine veins across the surface.
Again, when dry, I added white 'Fix and Grout' paste into which I embossed some circles using a bottle top.

Using the same combination of colours and plenty of  'Opera Pink' I then 'painted' the picture.
when the painting was dry, I then stuck a scattering of small dots made from a sheet of painted paper with a hole punch.
As normal, I then lightly splattered it with white acrylic gouache and felt that maybe it was finished.

I think we are all pleased that the subject does not appear again on the programme this year1

                          

10 comments:

  1. As usual you are quick off the mark Yvonne. All in all this is an excellent effort and, as you say, although many of us don't especially enjoy abstracts, it exercises our artistic abilities in a way that wouldn't normally occur.

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    1. Thanks Peter. I am just glad it is only a couple of times a year!

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  2. I don't always like painting abstract myself but I do like seeing them. This one I really love. It has great movement and colours. Looks like you enjoyed the process.

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    1. Thanks Polly. Yes it was fun and that is the most important thing.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the process, lots of good ideas to try out. I am not an abstract painter but would like to have my fun paint times turn into a proper abstract. I like both of these in particUlar the circle abstract

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. It is fun to do something different as long as it is not too often.

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  4. Your works always give me lots of ideas. I'm not abstract painter though. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Me neither Hani. I only do this as part of the group compulsory programme. Looking forwards to getting back to my usual subjects. Thanks for looking and for your comments

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  6. I absolutely love your abstracts. I have to tell you that I just took the time to look and enjoy. The meaning that comes from these painting is amazing when we do take the time to enjoy them.

    Wonderful work.

    Patti

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  7. Gosh, thanks Patti. I am not sure I really deserve such praise as I was not sure exactly what I was doing, but if they work for you, that is great. Thanks for looking and commenting.

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