Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Moving To Abstract

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.


  1. Hi Jo,
    I love your paintings both realistic and abstract. Congrats on your step forward.

  2. Jo - fantastic progression - though I think both sides of you are fantastic! keep exploring though will watch this space! Have a great Easter!

  3. Hi Jo, I like both styles also - wonderful to break the shackles and feel free, enjoy!

  4. JM- love what you are doing - congratulations on the transition - very good work - love it. B

  5. Many thanks Jane, Wyn, Kim, and Barry. Your feedback is most encouraging. I can't believe I actually got to this stage... thought I never would.

  6. And so you see, you got there isn't it a great feeling to get to that stage.
    wonderfull work, keep exploring!