Thursday, August 23, 2012

Under Every Painting There is an Abstract Painting

Acrylics Texturized Mixed Media ~ 12 x 12 ~ Still Life
Acrylics ~Texturized Mixed Media ~ Abstract ~ 12 x 12
Here's how that paradigm worked for me.  I did the abstract in a workshop and was not really thrilled by it, even though I folloowed the instructions pretty much as the instructor gave them.  For me, it lacks heart or "honesty."  I like absracts and I like trying to abstract [verb] my work sometimes, but this missed the mark a bunch. 

So, over the course of July and August, I have been doing classes I have called Art Camp for Seniors, in which we "played" with paint, gels, mediums collage papers, texturizing "tools," and, of course, buble wrap!  I told the students at each class, to think of these pieces as underpaintings until we arrived at a place where we were happy enough with the results, that they were no longer underpaintings, but "finished" pieces.  This gave everyone permission to let go of their expectations to leave each class with a finished piece, and to loosen up.  It worked very well for most everyone. 

As we neared the end of the series, I chose to do a set-up in my classes of fruit, wine bottles and glasses that they could do, only if they used some of their previously texturized surfaces.  I used the one above, and the results are at the top of this post.  I am pretty pleased with my fruit and bottle on a texturized surface, with the addition of a wine label, also texturized and "patina-ed" with Quin Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.   Along with my students, I am beginning to really believe that a painting is indeed an underpainting until I say it's done!


Barb Sailor said...

I have heard this concept and you have certainly proved it true with this one. I love it and will certainly not throw out another painting.

RH Carpenter said...

Beautiful painting - and much more "life" in it than the abstract - although the composition is the same :) Or did you paint over the abstract to get the peaches and bottle?