I love to paint old cars and trucks, but every now and again, I have this need to do something different. I started with the basic car shape and then broke the image into pieces with varied colors. You see the vehicle, but in a dfferent way.
"Hoping For A Gentler Taskmaster"
Sometimes I just start a painting by getting the paper wet, then throwing on some pigment. I let it dry and look at it over a couple of days--sometimes something pops out and sometimes not. I throw more paint and repeat. That is how I arrived at this painting. What do you see?
I'm thinking that when it comes to painting, it doesn't make much difference between something realistic and something abstract. The essentials are the same--you have to have balance in the painting, areas of interest, and minor areas, variations in value, and color that works together. When painting something realistic, you have an idea where you are going, with an abstract, you just feel your way through.
When my grandkids come for a visit, we usually play "who can take the best photo. I give them a couple of cameras and a theme, they take photos, and I get to be judge. On one of the visits, one of the kids took a picture of the tree behind out deck--no leaves as it was winter. I liked the design of the leaves and used the photo for this abstract.
This abstract began as spray and dropped pigment on wet paper. As things popped out, I pushed them where they seemed to want to go. I like these paintings because they get me away from the discipline of realistic. I also like them because when they are done, I see all kinds of things in them things and shapes in them that spur my imagination.
"Fear Drives The Unthinkable"
Another painting that I dropped pigment on wet paper and followed it to some kind of conclusion. What do you see?
"Think Beyond The Universe"
I mentioned that part of the reason I like these abstracts is looking at them after I'm done. The longer I look, the more strange things I see.
Sometimes I dream about a painting, and this one came to me that way. Dreams are pretty crazy and some of my crazy dreams couldn't be translated in watercolor. But this one was different. I dreamed it and painted it the next weekend after the dream.
I don't know what a psychologist would say about some of my abstract paintings. I had a normal childhood and have a pretty centered life. Maybe it is the crazy nature of watercolor that get me out there with these composition. Water is so fluid that it can move a painting in strange directions.
I've been a runner for most of my life--some folks will try to tell you that running is fun--it isn't. It is hard work--but it is so good for your physical health that I keep after it. I did this painting after I finished one of the many half marathons that I've completed. Maybe it was the pain from the run that pushed my mind this way.
Guess this painting is more realistic than not. It was painted as part of my online projects--we had a sheep image to use as a subject. I didn't want to do anything traditional and ended up with this painting.