Thursday, April 20, 2006

Abstract-ion

Abstract art is tough to do! That was the theme for today's Art lesson. We were supposed to clear our minds of images, & draw from our emotions & translate them on to our canvases.

How many of us have, while wandering through an Art museum or exhibit, exclaimed, "Even I can do that." over a seemingly simple piece of abstract art? I plead guilty to having done so before. It's not that easy, I realise now.

First of all, it was difficult for me to "visualise" my feelings & translate them into a painting. I am too used looking at things "just as they are". Everything looks like Still Life to me. My right brain hasn't been exercised enough.

I ended up taking home an incomplete piece of Art (I hesitate to use this word to describe it :)). I am hoping that I will feel inspired to finish it at home - not sure how long that will take...keeping fingers crossed...

8 comments:

igakunogakusei said...

What i don't understand is why "abstract art" should be derived from feelings. Something that is "abstract" should presumably be dissociated from specific instances, feelings included.

So, to me, it can be anything - as long as it cannot be recognised to be resembling any specific instance. And if everyone goes up to it and thinks "what on earth?" then it's abstract.

aliendoc said...

Yes, it can be anything...problem is when you are creating the "anything", sometimes nothing comes to mind...:)

igakunogakusei said...

I'm not inimical towards abstract art, nor am I trying to take the mickey out of this, but surely your blank canvas also qualifies? :)

aliendoc said...

If only it was blank :(...

I tried slapping on colors but I was thinking too much, so it looks like a mess & terribly unappealing right now. It just doesn't feel right when I look at it. So when I get in the mood (one day, one week, one year from now?) I will need to paint over it & see what happens...

igakunogakusei said...

Haha! I kinda know what you mean. I had a go at it myself last night. And the more I added the worse it became. On hindsight though, it did actually reflect my preponderances. Very quaint.

igakunogakusei said...

Also, my painting is on my blog, and I used this software, which may or may not interest you?

aliendoc said...

Thanks! Cool program! But I will stick to my old-fashioned paints & brushes for now, till I am done with playing with them!

steller said...

i once was having problem as well with abstract painting.. good thing i met a lot of great artists from webdate who taught me a lot about romanticism- a very abstract and dark form of art specially if your talking about blake..