Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moving To Abstract - Reposted

Seth at The Altered Page  has decided to make today a 'Buried Treasure' day and has invited bloggers to choose a post from their past that they particularly liked, repost it, and link it to his site.

I've chosen this one from April as it reminds me of how far I've come, and where I think I'm heading....

After years of being hindered by traditional ideas of painting I seem to be leaping off into the unknown world of abstract. I feel free at last! It seems many artists begin with traditional works, then progress to the abstract.

I used to paint like this... (and sometimes still do)

The Valley
My latest abstracts bear little resemblance to the above landscape.

Blue Squares
Noughts And Crosses

While many casual viewers might think this is a step backwards, for me it is an enormous progression. The same rules apply to these works as to a more realist painting. It is all about shapes, colours, tones, mark making, etc. In my new, enlightened, view my abstract paintings have more going for them than previous works.


I would love to hear your views on this.

24 comments:

  1. Jo, these are stunning! My fave is the second one, bold, yet delicate. Yummy texture(s) too!

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  2. Gorgeous Jo! How free you must feel when you paint~
    I love hearing your view; I think it is wonderful to hear the artist's take on his/her work~
    Nice to see you on the list ;D

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  3. It IS interesting to look back to see how much we've changed/grown. I love your new direction and prefer the abstracts as well. Your style is intriguing with the play of textures and subtle color changes. Beautiful work!

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  4. Beautiful transition...so true, we still have the same rules of art making...shapes, colors, line etc. It is always fun to look at our journey and appreciate all that we have discovered along the way...great repost!

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  5. Very interesting to see both styles of painting together in a post. Both styles are lovely, but my favourite is Blue Squares.

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  6. I love your paintings and especially love your teapots from the last post. Found you through Buried Treasure.

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  7. Jane, Ella, Terrie, Mary Ann, Robyn, Jeanie... Thank you so much for your positive feedback.. We are all on a journey, some a little further ahead... but it's the same journey.

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  8. Oh, I completely get it! It's taken me forty or so years to get this far from total realism- not that it's bad, I just wanted to be able to choose. I think Noughts and Crosses is brilliant, Jo!

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  9. Woo treasure discovered!!! Love it all, great Jo!!

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  10. I had planned to stop by yesterday when I saw your name on Seth's list. But I got sidetracked making a piece of art and couldn't get here. I can't draw like you do in the first painting, but I believe I can make the kind of art you are making in the latter two pieces. Possibly it is because I am drawn to abstract shapes that I find the appeal in this type of art. Or possibly it's the colors. Whatever it is, in my opinion, I would rather see a work like the last two paintings over the first one. There are enough of the "old masters" paintings around. We need more of the latter. Love these!! You are SO SO talented!

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  11. Gee, I love all your work- both the traditional and newer abstract art. Discovered you from Seth's Buried Treasure Collab and so glad I did. Gorgeous work here!

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  12. Sharmon... It's taken me 30 to get this far... glad I had time.

    Shelle... Thanks for stopping by.

    Elizabeth... It's hard to keep up with all the fab artists isn't it? Glad you are 'drawn' to the abstracts.

    Jill... Nice to hear from you, am a fan of your work also.

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  13. Nice to find you through Seth. I truly love the freedom and the beauty of the abstract.

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  14. This is wonderful! Love the abstract. :)

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  15. LOVE Blue Squares, amazing to look back and see where we've come from. Really like these abstracts Jo, congrats.

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  16. Hello there Jo ~ Seth's Archive Dive is such a brilliant concept...I was sorry I did not have it together to participate this time around

    Your 'before' landscape is VERY pleasing...that said your "Noughts and Crosses" REALLY speaks to me...in another way I guess

    you are very talented and I firmly believe that art should please the one who creates it...if others like it too...well that's a bonus!

    Enjoy * Enjoy!
    Happy Weekend to you and yours!
    oxo

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  17. I love your color use and the freedom of the mark on the ground. It is free and compliments the other style(s) of art that you do. I say plural styles because creativity spills over to other things and informs other things don't you think? I would imagine that doing a free form style (pardon my language, it's my own) might just twig a more realism style sometimes, for example. Like this post very much. Love your work! *smiles* Norma

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  18. I really like these abstracts. I appreciate and admire representational art but, to me, abstracts connect the viewer and artist on a much deeper level. I need to go check out more of your art!

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  19. Jo,

    Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.
    I love your abstracts, especially The Blue Squares. You are very talented!

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  20. PA, Natasha May, Liz, Patty, FYBQ, Denise, Elena & Russ. THANK YOU ALL! Am delighted that my abstracts resonate with you. It's such a big step... to jump off into the abyss.

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  21. Wow, Jo! I LOVE these pieces. They are beautifully composed and full of vibrance and energy. I love the direction you are heading. Show me more!

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  22. You may think that the "The Valley" is more realistic than your more recent work, but I truly like that landscape in particular. What you see in your new work I also see in what you put into the landscape as well. I am not attempting to diiscourage you, but I really like the landscape - it works.

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  23. Beautiful Jo. I love your abstacts, particularly the Noughts and Crosses. Thanks for stopping in to my blog.

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