An Easy Abstract Art Technique That Blew My Mind
Week 39 into my art challenge 2015 and I’m exploring another abstract art technique — reducing what is seen to a minimal number of lines / shapes.
I experimented with this technique last month, when I interpreted “Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, facing left, 1886. Musée d’Orsay” by Claude Monet using geometric shapes (see the results here). But this time I extended the process to interpret a real-life, original scene.
First I did a quick charcoal sketch of something in the studio — in my case, I set up a jug with some flowers, and a glass jar with some paint brushes.
I then used the “geometric shapes” art technique (as per the Study of a Figure Outdoors, to reduce the complexity of the picture plane.
And finally, I transposed an even further reduction of lines to my canvas (a sheet of black wallpaper, which, incidentally, is a very interesting painting surface! I love the way the paint / brush slips and slides all over the place, creating some pretty cool effects!)
The piece received excellent feedback from my lecturer, who loved the layering in particular. I also think this piece works because of it’s balance, both structurally, and with the use of a complementary and vibrant colour scheme.
The limited palette also works for me — I normally work with waaaaay more than five colours!
The repetition of shapes and colour throughout also contributes to a piece that moves with striking vibrancy.
It blew my mind how easy it was! I hope you enjoy using it too!
❤ Anita Revel
PS This is week 39’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015… Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.
PPS Wanna buy THis piece? You can!
Original: 50x50cm, acrylic on wallpaper, unframed, $80 including postage within Australia