September 25, 2013

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Whoaaa! I made my first abstract piece of art! Talking about trying things out of my comfort zone.

I found it quite challenging and scary to begin this piece.

Normally I have a clear sense of when I think my work is good or not, when it needs an extra touch or not. But that is based on a concrete and clear view on what my painting look like. When it comes to abstract art though, when do you know if it is finished? How do you judge if it is good or bad?

I just started somewhere and went on an explorative journey with this one.

The funny thing is, I found that I do have a sense of when I think something works or not. It is much more based on feeling than on conscious thought, but I did experience a ‘nope.. this is not working let’s try something else’ or ‘hey, we’re on to something here’. Working in this way forces you to trust on your intuition.

This makes the process very different compared to a more realistic drawing. When I would conclude that something wasn’t there yet, I would simply move on and explore until I found something that did work for me aesthetically. It makes the process more of an explorative journey than a step-by-step work with a clear goal.

I think the video I made of the process is one of the more interesting ones to watch when it comes to process. You really see my search well in this one: bold dark blue, then cover it up with white again, lines in one direction, lines in the other direction, smudge it all away again etc.

Other than what I expected, there was a clear point in time when I considered my work ‘done’.

What do you think? Have you ever tried creating abstract art yourself? Would you like to?


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    September 25, 2013 at 14:24

    Interesting! I’m glad you switched it up and did an abstract painting too. Can’t wait to see the last painting of the series!

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      Magical Daydream

      October 2, 2013 at 17:20

      Me too! I felt so adventurous doing this one but I am glad I took the leap :)

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    floating thru fields

    September 26, 2013 at 12:36

    this is cool, i really love the blended background with the bold streaks, I have tried abstract art and even though it’s not as concrete as a portrait, you still have to plan it out and know what will work with the other elements, like you said. this has been a really great series :)

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      Magical Daydream

      October 2, 2013 at 17:21

      Yes so true. It would actually be nice to do a more ‘planned’ one too. This was was very experimental. But I can imagine doing some abstract sketches maybe before

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    September 27, 2013 at 10:56

    I really love the painting and the way you used colours!

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    Lindsey Louise Bales

    September 27, 2013 at 13:45

    i really do love this painting! the colors here are so wonderful, and i love the texture!

    lindsey louise

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    Angie Kroeker

    September 28, 2013 at 02:27

    Watching this video made me feel like we really got to watch a creative thought process take form and shape. We got to know you a bit through this. I find for me abstract has always been more my style but more for the fact that when I go to draw I don’t feel my skill is there to do the realistic. Art is something I have dabbled in but one day hope to spend real time with. Thanks for sharing. Love it.

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      Magical Daydream

      October 2, 2013 at 17:22

      Yes you totally should spend some time if you get the chance! Would love to see your work :) And I agree that the video shows a lot of my thought process and even struggle in this one :)

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    Green Tea and Cupcakes

    September 28, 2013 at 07:00

    I love watching your speed painting!

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    August 12, 2018 at 20:29

    I was interested if I could use a picture of your painting for a soundcloud profilepicture of a song?

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      August 27, 2018 at 11:54

      If you clearly credit the image somewhere including a link back to the post it’s OK.

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    Christine Holbert

    October 3, 2018 at 19:53

    May I use this image on a poetry book cover? It’s for a small press and no more than 300 or 400 copies will be printed. You will be credited on the copyright page and a link to your website will be included. Thank you!

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    Christine Holbert

    October 3, 2018 at 20:54

    I’s like to use this image on the cover of a poetry book. Is this possible?


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