Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Curtain Call"


"Enjoy the fall before the curtain closes on red, orange, and yellow and opens again to the faithful evergreens." This photo was taken in Hyde Park in Santa Fe. There are a few spots of color here in Central Texas so try to visually drink that in, but also enjoy the vicarious experience of fall in other parts of the country. The curtain is about to close.

Yesterday, I gave a step by step instruction on how to incorporate your photos into a piece of artwork. This hazy look created with Titan Buff (Golden) plus Liquitex Pouring Medium will do this for you in varying degrees of opacity.

Abstraction describes the essence of something real and anything that is altered can be considered an abstract. Just painting red, yellow, and orange on your design space in geometric form or a few organic shapes could be an abstract of a fall landscape even though you would not see actual trees in that kind of presentation. In the case of photography, additional paint and mediums or inclusions can blur the edges between total realism and abstraction so in that sense, I have abstracted the photo. In days to come you will probably see me do it a little more drastically. The point is perfectly summed up in a quote by Pablo Picasso..."There is no abstract art. You must always start with something".

If you are interested in brief dissertations on abstraction as well as other prominent "design" words, I highly recommend a book by Tim McCreight entitled...Design Language. It can be ordered from John Neal Bookseller and will give you many insights into design.

The following direct quote from this book will give you the flavor of its pages. "Some people think abstract art just means something weird-looking; this is incorrect. Weird is easy but abstract work springs from, and must be responsive to a physical reality." So there you are. Just a few things to think about.

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