I’m very much a representational painter; I enjoy depicting and responding to the beauty I constantly see in nature and in music. The Artists’ Guild had a call for a juried abstract show, which provided some impetus for trying some abstract work. I knew I’d never manage to get a painting into the show, but I thought it would be fun to try something different.
I started with backgrounds of various colors and then chose two subjects to provide some inspiration. Wild chervil has been blooming along the roadsides; I think it’s beautiful so I used it as inspiration of one of the abstracts. Below is a photo of the actual plant and the painting that resulted.
For the second abstract I used music for inspiration, specifically a concert by a local chamber group that I had begun painting. Below is the painting of the chamber group (about halfway through the painting process-not the photo of the finished painting) and the abstract that followed.
And, no, neither of the paintings was accepted into the juried show, but I really enjoyed the experience of trying something different. I do wish that there was some feedback from jurors about why or why not works were accepted; it would be nice to know what things I could do to make these paintings better. But maybe my friends out there in “bloggerland” will provide some of that feedback! These are both small paintings (12×16); I did notice that many of the accepted works were quite large and unframed in many cases. I wonder if jurors like large paintings…