I am excited to show you what I have been working on for the last few weeks. It’s a new series called “Between Words and Dreams”, and it’s all about exploring shapes, textures and line work, with imagination.
I had delved a bit into abstract work, back at the end of 2014, combining abstract and collage. That series was called “New Horizons”. Last month, I started an online art class, called Wild Awakenings…all about creating in abstract. I was SO ready to get back into exploring abstract art!
This time around, I am going with my gut, and letting things happen organically on the canvas, or gessobord. I am letting line and script take center stage. And then adding pops of color. I am loving this color palette, using my favorite colors with these. First, I will show you my smaller pieces. These are available in my Etsy shop, ArtcyLucy Studio.
I’ll start with my favorite…
The Lonely Road – 6 x 6 inch acrylic and graphite on gessobord, with wax varnish
I loved scribing into this one with a graphite pencil. Lots of texture, lots of marks, and you see here, my love of Scribble Art comes through. Curves and line, and imaginary text.
These three I worked on at the same time…so you will see similarities in the mood and feeling here. Lots of textures here, as I worked over previous layers of collage, texture gel, and acrylic paint.
All or Nothing – 8 x 8 inch acrylic and graphite on gessobord, with wax varnish
I love the splashes of black and red in this one. This looks like the weather we are having at the moment, a bit of a tempest. But I love the colors coming through the scratched in paint.
Of Time and Memory– 8 x 8 inch acrylic and graphite and collage on gessobord, with wax varnish.
All three of these have so many layers, I added, subtracted, covered over, scratched in, painted on, scraped off…until they came to a point that I loved. That is probably the thing I love most about abstracts…it’s all about the feeling you get, while working on them, while viewing them…that’s what matters most.
There is no subject to view, it just comes down to this…how does it make you feel when you look at it?
Here are a few of my abstract studies on paper…this is where I started.
This is me, getting the feel of putting down marks with ink, paint, gesso, and a fineliner applicator. Learning to see shapes, adding my own marks, and layering. Then, I stepped back to examine them, to see what I loved about them, what I wanted to keep, and cover over. What a great exercise, in getting me to loosen up!
I had these canvases out in the garage, they were unsuccessful photos reproduced on canvas. I knew one day, I would paint over the top of them. What better time to do that, then exploring abstract art!
These are both 12 x 19 inch stretched canvases. They were worked on at the same time, but they have a completely different feel to them.
And this one below, is a work in progress. It’s a 20 x 24 inch stretched canvas that had a previous painting of large flowers on it. You can see just a bit of the flowers underneath popping through. This canvas took quite a bit of paint…lots of scraping down, and laying down color, and scribing into it…now it’s resting and I’m considering what to do next.
These three are now hanging in my newly redecorated office.
Come back soon, to see my new additions to my series, “Between Words and Dreams”.