Abstract 88 – 1, 2, 3

Abstract 88 – 1, 2, 3

Abstract #1

I had fun with this one from beginning to end. I think it was because it had been eons since I had last used oil paints and I forgot just how much I love them. They stay where you put them and have such smooth, beautiful, rich colors. I just let myself be totally and completely free with the paint. I never knew I could have so much fun when I have no idea where I’m going or what I’m about to do. It’s actually quite a relief. 

Below, in order of age, are my children’s titles for this painting.  I find it extremely interesting how someone, especially a child, interprets a piece of art that is not anything in particular. 

Christie: Just Imagine

Charlotte: Cloud of Dreams

Bradley: Candy Mountain

Nick: Mindful


Abstract #2

When I first started this one, I hated it. I almost quit only 1/4 of the way through it. I don’t know what it was, but there was something about the blue and the purple that annoyed me in the beginning. Maybe I was just in a weird mood, I don’t know. But then, I forced myself to keep going and try to let my intuition and heart take over rather than whatever was going on in my mind. Slowly, my irritation subsided and by the end, it was gone. And not only that, I felt happy with the result. Life is abstract. 😀

Below, in order of age, are my children’s titles for this painting. 

Christie: Lines of Colors

Charlotte: Dreamy Sky

Bradley: Moonlight

Nick: Falling Mountain


Abstract #3

In my series statement, I explained how I usually am a detail hog – none of this loose and bold colorful stuff. But strangely enough, I think that maybe creating art in such a controlled manner for so many years had allowed me to let go at this time. I spent many years studying color theory, design, composition, etc… I planned out exactly what I was going to do or what I was supposed to do.  Now that I have learned so much, maybe it makes it easier to create intuitively. It would be much harder to do this if I didn’t already know how to mix the right colors or how to try to balance the overall design. It makes me have more respect for abstract art. It’s not as easy as it looks or as some people think it looks.

After I finished this particular painting, I thought it looked a little melancholy. And too streaky and blurry. Maybe rain cloud-ish. After I thought about it a minute, I figured that was pretty appropriate. Today happened to be one of those days, if you get my drift.

My kids were driving me batty. When I pulled the vacuum cleaner out of the closet for the millionth time this week in order to clean up yet another pile of glitter, styrofoam and confetti, I found out I’d accidentally unplugged the freezer I keep in there. (I think the plug got caught on the vacuum one day and I just never noticed.) I lost all my frozen vegetables and some bacon that I buy in bulk at Sam’s Club. Needless to say, I was furious. I had to haul that mess out to the dumpster and felt as if I were pulling money out of my purse and simply throwing in there. 

Not only that, that closet now smells like rotten broccoli. I suppose, though, this too shall pass. (Hopefully.)

I didn’t feel like painting but eventually I found my way to the easel to paint #3. (After the kids went to bed, of course!) I just let it all go, as usual, until this was the result. It may be a little moody but I feel a little better now. 

Below, in order of age, are my children’s titles for this painting. 

Christie: Galaxy

Charlotte: Milky Way

Bradley: Bloomin’ Nights

Nick: Starry Night

Stay tuned for the next set from my Abstract 88 series! 😀

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