Discussing abstract art

I was just discussing abstract art with a fellow blogger. I liked the person’s art because it was a self portrait but done in a very loose style.

I said I thought it will give them freedom of thought. I think of Picasso. He went from realism to abstraction, he had all the knowledge of both in his fingertips…

I don’t know if this makes sense but I’ve selected a few Picasso images to try and show what I mean. I’m not sure I understand Picasso but I do think it’s something to consider. When I was younger I was dismissive of his art , then I learned about Guernica, a village in Spain that was bombed and that Picasso memorialised in his painting of the same name.

Going 3d

Today’s challenge on #MendNotTrend (day four) was to create something three dimensional out of string or plastic and perhaps draw it or draw the idea of what it would look like if you didn’t have anything to work with. So I cut a carrier bag in half (down the front, then down the back) leaving it uncut at the bottom. I twisted both sides by the handles to make a plastic ‘rope’. I then looped it through one handle and looped into the loop over and over, finishing at the other handle loop…. See photos. I finally drew the outcome…

#MendNotTrend day three

The challenge today was to created a printed, sculptural image. That was hard, I only have a round gold stamp and a black roller printer with letters. I also used a gold pen. This is called Cogs. Tried to get some movement in it!

I’m not really convinced by it, but we are meant to be creating abstracts, so perhaps I was being too literal?

Different challenge

Two drawings prompted by a friend who is interested in more abstract work. The first is a repeated line drawing of carrier bags using two pens held together. Then I wrote over the top, plastic carrier bags, too much plastic in the world. The second is meant to represent folded paper. I could also have tried using masking tape but I don’t have any. So I drew on limited colours and varied the thickness and weight of the lines. Digital drawing.

Winter blossom

This popped up on my Facebook memories from a couple of years ago. Winter blossom shows a face in profile hidden in the twisted branches. The idea of the tree is based on a tree across the road from us that actually blossoms in December. It’s just coming into flower now. But clearly my idea is a bit more abstract and surreal. I did the painting and it sold at an Orme Art exhibition in the November, where my friend had fallen in love with it.