Friday, November 6, 2009

An abstract now and then....

I like doing them because I can't do one all the time. I just have to be in the mood/moment and it becomes a mental doodling of sorts.

This turned out the way it did with no preconceived notion of where it was going. Do abstract artists have a set image in their mind all the time when they set out to paint?







"Vessel"
20x16 oil on canvas






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20 comments:

Tonya Vollertsen said...

I don't really think of myself as an abstract artist but as an artist that does abstracts. That being said, as an answer to your question, I don't really know but I would imagine it's like any other art form and there are as many ways to approach it as there are artists. I plan only that I want lots of layers to create interest and depth but as far as having a preconceived idea, the finish is always a surprise to me.
Don't you love it when they turn out the way you like?! Nice!

Krista Hasson said...

Sheila, I really like this love the depth and movement to this!

The Bull said...

Great work! Right on the edge of abstract without going over! ;) Good use of color too!

Kathy said...

I like the movement you've created in this painting. It has an ephemeral quality to it. From what I've seen/read/heard, abstract painters create in many different ways. Some plan the initial stages and let the rest "happen." Others just create as they go, and so on. In reality, the process of designing a painting means the artist is engaged in abstraction, even if the work is representational. We must all consider the overall composition in terms of value, color, line, etc. and these are abstract elements.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I love abstract I wish I knew how to work with colors without a subject.
i wish I was brave to work something with a surprise at the end.
I love the colors on this one.
Bravo!

Manon Doyle said...

I love the change up!! Movement is great and the colors are terrific! Great piece Sheila!!

Have a great weekend girlfriend!!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Ha! I'm influencing you! You see how much fun I am having playing around with abstract forms and you cannot help but join me!!

Seriously, it is fun! Painting without pressure. Although, to answer your question, THIS artist always starts with an image

Great job, by the way!

-Don said...

Great composition! Excellent job. I second Kathy's description of your painting and the process of creating. -Don

Gary Heller said...

Its a treat to see your imagination run wild and create whatever flows within you at the moment.
going with the path of creativity wihtout any predetermined destination always inspires and intrigues me. i find myself going with the flow at times and love where it takes me usually.
in this case, your painting leaves us with lots to think about and a wonderful treat of visual for the eyes as well.

Art with Liz said...

I always think you've made it when you can do abstracts! And this is great Sheila, so wonderfully flowing.

Marie Theron said...

We really abstract nature or something that exsists! But of course that can mean anything from the universe to a pinprick full of tiny organisms. What you have done can lead to an interesting series. Your painting suggests a pure plain vase form, some opaque contents (full of suggestions)and the tension created by balancing on the edge. In other words, a lot can be read in this work!

Abby Creek Art said...

Nice abstract, Sheila! Sometimes I start out with a concrete idea but I find that I usually end up someplace completely different with my abstracts. I think that's part of the fun and why I like to do them so much. They are a true expression of emotion.

Trevor Lingard said...

Love the cool colours.
I realise now that you are a clever lady and a very experimental artist. I wish I had your talent.
Bestest Regards

Catherine Jeffrey said...

This is really cool. I see an almost "science fiction like" vessel for creating humans. What freedom to just apply paint and see what happens! Not having done much abstract, I don't know what inspires the work. I think sometimes its a study in color interactions, sometimes a statement about life or nature. Someday I will try one!

Robin Weiss said...

Interesting and intriguing abstract!! Truly original!

Lokelani Forrest said...

Sheila, I don't do abstracts, but maybe I should step out of my comfort zone and try it. In one of my art forums the challenge was to do an abstract and I must admit I was totally lost so did not participate. You've done a good job here. I can make out the "Vessel" I think. LOL! Good for you for attempting it.

Lauren Maurer said...

Hmmm. I have never ever done an abstract, so I am not sure! It seems like a lot of good answers have been given in response,though by some super talented artists! This is beautiful! I love the colors!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

I really like the colors you used in this one Sheila. A nice diversion from your other artwork. Over the past year or so I've developed more of an appreciation for abstracts...I think part of it stems from the colors and the emotions they evoke. Very nice!

Hellenne Vermillion said...

This is like a crystal bowl of light. Kool!

Dean Grey said...

This is really neat looking, Sheila!

I don't know what it is exactly but it really doesn't matter.

Very eerie looking, almost ghostly in appearance!

Neat!

-Dean