I'm loving every second of abstract art. This should be a fun year. My art goals for 2017 now show on my sidebar.
Blue is a color I use quite often in my art and more recently turquoise has made it's permanent mark. I've seen it so much that I'm beginning to think about its use, what does it mean to me, what does it symbolize and will it, like other colors, keep its meaning over time?
My page called Art Therapy talks about color choices and art symbols specific to me. Off the top of my head I would place turquoise next to blue and purple symbols. I see it as a color of strength, of depth, honor, birth rights.
I've found that dripping watercolor at night, in bed with my easel, is relaxing. I'm not trying to create a masterpiece, I'm just accepting the way the paint lulls me as it catches up to falling water trails, then leaves it mark. I've been doing this nightly for a while and thoughts I'd share a second piece called "High Like the Waves". The piece at the bottom has been seen on my site before, but it fits in with the theme of waves and peaceful nights.
You're broken down and tired Of living life on a merry go round And you can't find the fighter
She's not hanging on, she's the reason the white tree limbs sprouts and spreads about. She holds her hands up to the sun and grabs a hold of it. And explosion of turquoise and navy blue begin to circle the sun, but it all leads back to her, the figure hanging there so effortlessly.
Her face is hidden by her arms but that's just fine since she is not identified by her facial features but by her ability to grow and bend when necessary.
Title: "Resilience Tree" Art by: Faith Magdalene Austin Medium: Acrylics, Acrylic Mediums, Sawdust, Crackle Medium, Size: 15 x 22 on watercolor paper Finish: signed, unsealed, unmounted Style: Expressionism, Figurative
Let us not forget the inspiration for the above artwork.
Title: "Resilience Tree-Beginnings" Art by: Faith Magdalene Austin Medium: Acrylics, ink, handmade paper Size: 5 x 7 Finish: signed, sealed in appropriate areas, mounted Style: Expressionism
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This entry shows art two art pieces with a purpose. Rise, fall if I must. Stand to meet the challenge. What's the challenge? I've got to get a hold of my stinking thinking. I have to change my outlook one single color at a time if necessary. While writing I felt a sense of urgency and desperation. I could all but see myself at a door grabbing the handle and pulling it, ripping at.
Lets talk more about the art at the root of these emotions.
Creating non objective abstract art started with a self challenge in June of 2014. I really wanted to create some of the beautiful art I was seeing, but it didn't think I had it in me to do that type of art. When I first challenged myself I said I'd do 10 paintings. I wasn't looking forward to it because it was as if I had no idea where to start, let alone know how to finish.
Though I'm still learning, I can say I have left behind the anxiety. I enjoy it creating non-objective abstract art. I find it soothing to create and I actually feel I know when to start. As a matter of fact I start non-objective abstract such as "Landfall" the same way I begin other art, with a single stroke.
I don't think too hard and I sure don't plan ahead. When it comes to art, if I plan ahead then I'm planning for a disaster. I start art with one single stroke and go from there. I paint from the hip.....not literally because that would be uncomfortable. My next challenge with abstracts is to paint them larger. ...continue reading "Landfall Abstract Ocean Scene"
You could say I'm ready for spring and summer to come along.
When I look at this painting it makes me think of water coming down a window during a hard rain. It washes away the darkest parts of the day and leaves you with a bit of hope.
I look at this painting and see the woman in the dead center, hardly noticeable really. She's caught in the darkest parts of the colors. Deep red, black, deep blue, more black and crackle medium to bring out the fragile state of life. She's hardly noticeable, but she's there and she's waiting for the rain to get to her.
If you're an artist and you've not yet tried letting paint drip down a canvas, you've got to try it. You'll be hooked. Of course your own style will affect the final piece as my style comes through. I tend to hide people in my art or twist them into trees or layer them in mountains.
I've attempted to name this piece of art but I'm having difficulties. I see a main figure, a powerful leader with her hands out stretched giving encouragement, strength, maybe even reassurance. Every figure looks to her or is linked to her in some way. They look up, reach up and stretch far to hold her hands. Is she the center and balance or the distraction?
Can the others move on their own? Will their feet move freely if not linked so tightly or are they comforted by knowing they can rely on her out stretched arms?
What of her, this central figure? She supports but who supplies her with the ability to continue to lead? Will they hold her arms up if they ever tire? Are they the reason her arms rise now? ...continue reading "On the Rise"
Paint has dripped down the canvas like rain, sheets and layers of bold rain. Every color of the rainbow can be found mixed in, behind, in front of and between two young girls who are opposites. ...continue reading "Walk with Me"
A canvas splashed with a tiny bit of color on the side sat on my desk for a good long time waiting for something, anything to happen. Last night in my rush to paint trees, I picked up the canvas and began to sketch.
This afternoon I completed the painting by adding brighter colors than seen in Tea Tree. As a matter of fact, this tree has a totally different feel because of the boldness of the colors. I still had a ball of fun creating it. ...continue reading "Colors"
I struggled with her. I couldn't get the composition to sing, so I put the painting up and let it rest. Nearly a month later I took it out again and saw what it needed. I needed fresh eyes and a little boost, which inadvertently came from a fun conversation on Facebook. Note in the conversation the Star Trek tones. 🙂 I will simply do a cut/paste about Joyful Garden, a painting of acrylic and sawdust on canvas sheet.
Sundrip-Lets see how DRAMATIC I can make this.
Artists log: 9/2/13 Sundrip Star Station Awake
We left the station around 9am (station bed). The air was thick with heat, my tongue had dried to jerky through the night. Water, I needed water. After re-hydrating I began to calculate the day's activities, for there is much to do. The sweeper has sat in its own dust for days, the dishes cry out for water, the plants are past watering. Yes, there is much to do today but my heart can only see the fulfillment of paint on canvas, of images beaming with color. Burnt orange will meet Chinese red and settle upon a light cream. From there a prism will burst forth into a natural symphony ringing notes that will bring the hardest of hearts to its knees. The sweeper will sit. The dishes will go undone. Art will be born.
Sundrip Star Station... Awake