Posts Tagged ‘abstract’

Gaudi’s church in Barcelona, the Familia Segrada is an amazing place.  It is, at once, awesome, colorful, subtle, crazy, and has a logic all its own.   A few years ago, my Pamela took a series of fantastic photos, concentrating on the ceiling from many angles.  The shots are mind-blowing, and I could see how easily many of them could be used as springboards for intricate abstract designs.  I finally got around to doing the initial tracing from one of the photos, a laborious task.   It is now ready to project on to watercolor paper, and I can already see how strong it is going to be.  In the absence of any tight deadlines on the commercial front, I’ll devote some time to art for art’s sake.

Gaudi ceiling

Gaudi ceiling

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EPA Abstract third versionHere is the final art of the piece that seemed to create itself when I looked at the old frame and mat.  A few days ago, I showed it in its infancy.   I call it the “E.P.A. Abstract” because its style reminds me of murals from the 1930’s, many of which were commissioned by the U.S. government to create jobs for artists, a fine idea.   this is actually a semi-abstract, since there is a human form in it.

It will be included in my show of abstracts at the Avalon Salon in San Rafael, with the opening night being March 11th.

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art in progressAren’t there times when you just know you’re doing your best work, not only when it’s flowing, but that your work has just taken a leap up to the next level?   I think it’s happening to me today.   An old framed piece that includes a mat with a thick black line was pulled out from the dustbin,, and I swear, I could see an entirely new piece in there, in very strong black and white.  It’s an abstract, or at least a semi-abstract , since there is a human figure who is clearly wilting under the weight of a computer motherboard…..well, maybe I’ll disguise that part a bit, but , for me, that’s the part that gives this more emotional resonance than my other abstracts, which are more stream of conscious and instinctive.  This one does have a clear thought and feeling underlying , and so it becomes more meaningful, and the art itself is complex and will be a knockout piece.  I know, since I’ve already foreseen it its frame.   Shown is a vignette of the art in its infancy stage.

Oh, yes.  I have a show coming up with the opening on March 11th, at the Avalon Salon in San Rafael, B Street, between 4th and 5th, from 5pm -9pm, as part of that night’s Art Walk.

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