The term abstract means to deconstruct. When painting an abstract non-representational piece, you often need to deconstruct a landscape, still life, person or figure etc. It’s necessary because it can be influential or inspirational. The new painting you’re trying to create will display qualities one may or may not be able to reference within the painting.
Another approach that I might take comes directly from feeling. In other words, I may paint more what I feel rather than what I see or know. This is a very refreshing way to paint. And it is a very self-indulged approach of pure visual pleasure. I really enjoy this approach and it often results in a great finished product.
It seems to be more like “get it out” rather than “get it right.” This does not mean abandoning composition color and proper construction of the painting. There are so many weak abstract painters out there today. They think because they can sell a few of their paintings to their friends that automatically makes them successful abstract painters. Nothing could be further from the truth!
The specific number of paintings that one sells has nothing to do with the quality of the work. I repeat, quantity sold has zero to do with the quality of work. To be honest, It has more to do with the ability of the collectors to purchase a piece that appeals to them. That being said, there is no shortage of collectors with terrible taste. Many of which give many mediocre artists a false sense of accomplishment.
Please forgive me for what you may think, “Oh what a self-righteous pompous ass,” but having painted for 64 years has left me with a few opinions. I seem to share these opinions with other artists that have been painting for many years and paid their dues. Whether an artist paints nonrepresentational abstracts or very tight photographic traditional paintings, it’s all irrelevant. The only thing that matters is that we all continue to work hard every single day. As professional artists, we must perfect our craft and become better at what we do. What you might not understand is that it just doesn’t happen in a couple of years. This is a lifelong journey that we take as an artist. It’s a calling that we are proud to publicize and it’s a way of life that allows us to open our hearts and imagination further than most dream of.
By now you should have a clear idea of how what makes me tick when it comes to abstract non-representational painting. I pour my heart and soul into every original piece of artwork. I like to think anything bearing my signature does so with nothing but my acknowledgement. If an artist can’t stand behind their own work then they’ve got nothing.
Here are a few new pieces that I stand behind. They are 100% original and are available for purchase.
This first piece is titled “24 Hours” and focuses on a number of different colors. The piece is 24″ x 30″ and has been done in oil paint on panel. I’ll let you make your own interpretation of the piece.
The next piece is titled, “Nonrepresentational” and it is a 16″ x 20″ oil on panel piece. It has short brush strokes with a number of different colors worked into the piece.
This abstract piece is a 4″ x 4″ piece that has thick impasto paint. It’s one of the smaller pieces that’s included in a run of smaller pieces that I’ve decided to release. It’s titled, “Saturday Morning” and is available for purchase. It will look great with the addition of a custom frame and some matting in almost any room.
This last piece is a 16″ x 20″ oil on panel abstract that I’ve included in the numbered abstract run that I recently created. Once again, I’ll leave the interpretation up to you. “Number 15” is available for purchase and can be claimed by simply ordering via online.