Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Plein Air AND Abstract Wannabe

Sometimes one takes artistic side excursions. I've been invited by a Northern California art supply chain store (University Art) to teach acrylic painting workshops here in Sacramento. This means representational AND abstract painting workshops. Now as a plein air wannabe, I feel that the skillsets I'm developing and practicing are really not too different from abstract art. I have not ever specialized in abstract painting, but every time I've done it, I find it very challenging and exciting...gee...just like plein air painting, come to think of it. But unlike plein air painting, there is nothing to look at. I find that a little daunting! To overcome this very scary situation, I like to mull over thoughts and feelings and maybe even do a thumbnail pencil sketch with notes. Do I want a hard line feel? A geometric look? Something natural and organic looking? Do I want vibrant colors or monotone or earthy? Texture and impasto? Mystery? Anger? Softness? Do I want a highlighted element? Do I want the eye to travel about the painting or come to rest on an element? I could go on and on at the expense of boring you dear reader. The point I am trying to make is that these are all similiar questions I ask as a plein air wannabe! With a great deal of humbleness, I present an abstract canvas I've just completed.