I want to wish all of you a very happy holiday!!! Thanks so much for your visits and comments and support in 2008. I look forward to even more fun together in 2009!
Here's an abstract painting I created a couple of months ago, in autumn. For the first time, I incorporated a poem into a painting. Hence the name "Autumn Poem". If you can't already tell, the poem is written on the right side of the painting. The painting was created in oil, and the poem was written into the thick oil paint with charcoal. (You can click on the image to enlarge it and see this better.) My artist friends really liked this one. Under the influence of their opinion, I like it too. What do you think? I want to know!
These days I'm painting two different series - people in action, and abstracts - both using oil paints on canvas. (A "series" is a group of paintings that have many common characteristics, for example, subject matter, medium, style, and/or colors.)
Sometimes it feels like painting people is harder than abstracts. And it can be, because our eyes are so sensitive to correct facial and body proportions, body positions, etc. But abstracts are also very demanding, albeit in a different way. As an artist, if I'm not relying on some 'real' object or person as the source material, then I need to make up a whole painting in my head, and have it convey the right mood, and have it conform to lots of important design criteria too. So, sometimes it feels like painting abstracts is harder than painting people.
Painting people (also called 'figures') and painting abstracts is all great fun and I love it! Someday I may combine the two to create what some folks call "Figurative Abstracts".
Thanks again for your visit, and stay tuned for more . . .