Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ahh, what the hell.

I have no shame... so here are a few of my recent abstract acrylics on canvas. I'm not much of an abstract painter AT ALL! But I do teach some abstract water color and acrylic painting in my college classes and private workshops. I consider the problems working out a good abstract is ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENT than working out the problems (aesthetic considerations) of a successful representational painting. You have to work with such things as composition, color, value, shape, size, focal point (or lack thereof), texture, edges, etc., etc. Let's face it, to be really good at anything takes lots of energy, practice, and experience... and the challenges can be unending! I know there will be some more abstract painting in my future, and hopefully, baby step by baby step, I'll get better at it. My hat is doffed to all you good abstract artists out there.

10 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Abstract art is not my forte and not my favorite art, so I really can only say good job, David!

Prabha N. said...

Terrific swirling depths of texture, David!

Barbara M. said...

So exciting. Ahhh come on, you know you're good. I completely agree with everything else. You are good.

Whatever you paint rocks.

Stay happy.

Ciao,

Barbara

Marleen said...

I don't know David, you may have to side track to abstracts more often. The top one has texture, color, and that vertical acceleration. The bottom silver one is compelling to me, but I really don't understand in my psyche what it is that draws me to it. Now you know the favorites, but they are all good.

David Lobenberg said...

Glad you see some redeemable qualities in these, Autumn and Prabha.

David Lobenberg said...

Barbara up noerth and across the border, I once painted a rock to look like a lady bug for my daughter when she was a wee one. Yes indeed, my painting rocks!

David Lobenberg said...

"Noerth" That's how we spell "North" here in Sacramento, Barbara.

David Lobenberg said...

Always good to get your feedback, Marlene. Thanks. The silver abstract is my homage to airplane rivets. What the pie shape is, I haven't a clue. And the spot of color? I like that color. Sorry I can't be more metaphysical...just meta rivets.

Carrie H. said...

Cool. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Donna Zagotta demoed and juried for Watercolor Society of Oregon a few years back and talked about abstract composition. Prior to that, I never had an interest, and mostly , no understanding. It looks so easy - but it's not!

David Lobenberg said...

Carrie, spot on...abstract painting is not easy, but its a compelling challenge. I don't know if you belong to a watercolor org. that would ever want a California boy to conduct a workshop, but if so, you know who to call.