During my recent daily painting challenge, I decided to further explore the painting style of abstracting still lifes. I had just started on this new style a few weeks before the 30-day challenge began. I wanted to see what my results would be when I truly simplified my subject.
For most of my painting years – over 25 – I have painted predominantly representational work. A few years ago I began fusing realism with abstraction as evident in “Getting Back Into the Game.” As you can see, the abstract areas are mainly shapes, colors and textures. They are not the abstraction of an object or subject.
In “Focused Alignment,” you can again see how I painted the hands and the vertebrae rather realistically and the surrounded them with abstraction.
With this new painting style I am not only simplifying the subject, as seen below, I am also painting it flat. In my previous representational and abstract work I have always intended to make my subjects appear as three dimensional as possible. I created images that encouraged the viewer to want to enter into the picture plane.
In this next style I am experimenting with my brain is required to look at my subject from a totally different perspective. I am doing four things I am not accustomed to doing: 1.) simplifying the subject; 2.) using colors that are not realistic; 3.) flattening the subject; and 4.) creating a whimsical theme of the subject. [Read more…]