Introduction to Abstraction
Abstract art is more than just representation but more a message of what the artist is exploring, a feeling they are trying to evoke or sending a message. Rather than starting out with a reference and a planned outcome, this form of painting is based more on intuitive painting.
Abstract art is a perfect balance or colour, composition, line and shape.
My approach is to simplify this form by taking out the line and shapes and using a series of circles, all similar in size. This is so the viewer can focus more on the colour palette selection and the over all composition.
So why circles?
Lots of shapes hold symbolic meaning and circles has some very interesting references. Circles, ovals and ellipses tend to project a positive emotional message. Using a circle in a logo can suggest community, friendship, love relationships and unity. In fact, circles are psychologically proven to be the happiest shape and pale pink is known to be the most calming of colours. Engaging with these visual tools, my practice responses directly to the current world wide anxiety through acrylic paintings.
The repetitive nature in repeating the circles over and over hold a similar familiar routine of our jobs and role in a job, or household duties. The creative thoughts come when doing this repeatedly. Apparently studies have shown that being bored gives the brain more freedom to be creative and from that comes the creative thought.
The paintings will have a play on light, which can resembles a camera effect such as Bokeh (out of focus) A balance of dark and light, or a range of tones and complimentary colours placed beside each other.
Many of the paintings start from a place of being overwhelmed. Too many things to do, too many balls to juggle. It is when we step back and see that picture as I whole… then you see the beauty and how it is made up many small things, each one formed with patience and thought. In the same way the job list never ends the layer of balls could go on and on. But there comes a time to stop and see the beauty of what it is. While still providing enough for you to continually come back to the piece over and over. Eventually making the painting seem peaceful and part of the environment it’s placed in.