Tag Archives: Abstract art

A Day of Inspiration

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Recently my son Chris, and myself spent a day at San Diego Botanical Gardens.  it was a trip we had been talking about for months.  As it turned out, it was perfect timing.

There was a nice breeze,  a little cool, and the most beautiful flowers were just  growing there and blooming for all of our joy. Chris and myself were filled with beauty and good feelings.  We were in awe over the vivid colors and beauty of the gardens.

I know many places we live don’t have special gardens dedicated to the preservation of plants, however I see the beauty in even the weediest of places.  As an artist, even dried weeds hold beauty and magic.

Many years ago my friend Cathy Cary, had windows in her home with blue bottles and the simplest of a dried weed setting inside the bottle.   I was so impressed with the simplicity, I frequently do the same thing.

Every time I get uptight about my art not being perfect, Chris reminds me, “Nature is perfect in it’s imperfection!”  Everyone knows I don’t do perfect anyway, so why would I be uptight about perfection?

To me there is something moving about a poppy waving at me in the breeze, i love them.

The Ghosts of Egon Schiele

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The Ghosts of Egon Schiele

I recently took an abstract class at the Oceanside Museum of Art.  Since it’s been years since I’ve taken an art class of any kind, I was attracted to this particular class because I’m always looking for more incite into a form of art I really enjoy, but still have trouble understanding occasionally. Abstract

Please don’t ask where the idea came from for this piece, I don’t think I even know.  I remember walking into class with several printed copies of ideas I could work with.  But, that was all incase the instructor asked us to do the exercises I was prepared for.  (Wishful thinking)

I always like the idea of stacking things together.  Like coffee cups, bowls, bottles etc.  In my mind was an idea simmering  of what I might paint based on the guide lines we were given.  Other than that, we were all using student grade paints…I guess that’s ok, we were the students.  Brushes had been trashed, so I had a few of my own, but I swear that’s all I brought with me!

Before I knew it I had my sketch roughed in, and was planning to do something I’ve never thought of doing before.  Putting the heads of one of my favorite artists…..”Egon Schiele,”  on the bottles.  I soon realized there are many self-portraits done by that artist, and have many examples to choose from.

Even the simplest of pieces can cause a bundle of pain.  Even when you are committed to being abstract, and loose,  it’s painful to paint.  It’s painful because even the smallest of creations is something I pour heart and soul into,  getting it just right. Even though “Just Right” is subjective,  my just right is the one I’m concerned about.  It can’t look like I’ve worked too hard, or cared too little.  Even if I do work hard, and care very much.  After all, each creation no matter how small, is our own creation, and we love and care for them all the same.

Creating Cells…

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This might be of interest…

This is what one would call cells. They have a kind of interesting shapes, colors, and movement to them. I never know if this will be something I’ll ever use, but should I ever think I need something different, maybe this will be just exactly  the ticket!

Squealwith Joy!

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I’ve only seen one demo by Chris Cozen, but when I did my inner child had a very good time.   Chris is a mixed media artist living in Southern California.   She is fun to watch, and will get you thinking you need “more paints,” “more supplies!”

I kid you not,  your inner child will squeal with joy!