This is an abstract colored pencil drawing I did yesterday. It’s done on Canson Mi Tientes Touch heavy duty pastel board. It has a toothy, rough surface that holds many layers of pastel or pencil.
When I do an abstract, I start with a basic idea. However, I let the artwork unfold and I let my idea evolve. This makes it more fun, and more of an adventure. When I first started drawing and painting, I was very rigid, and mainly wanted my art to look like the objects I was representing. That’s probably because I was learning the skills of how to render real life objects. Doing abstract work is freeing, and more relaxing for me. I can express a concept, or a feeling, not just physical objects. It’s also fun to play with color, lines, shapes, values, and so on. I love doing geometric forms.
Two things happened with this, that I had not planned. First, the fact that my lines are closer together and less diagonal in the background gives this piece a feeling of one point perspective. Second, I like the striations of light and dark violets in the upper 1/5 of the piece. It reminds me of a sunset with a couple of cloud banks down by the horizon. The green areas remind me of a rural landscape. The yellow/gold/orange in the middle reminds me of the path life takes us on.
I’m really enjoying doing these abstract pieces. There is so much freedom of expression in abstract work. I don’t have to worry about making it look like a real object. When I first started painting, I was very uptight about making everything look true to life. I have a brain for exact detail, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the millions of details of nature. Whenever I do a representational work, I work from real life or a photo. When I do abstract work, I do it strictly from my imagination. I don’t have to worry about making some semblance of something “out there”.
This piece reminds me of pregnancy, womanhood, fertility, etc. It could be the eggs of marine life in some seaweed. It could be a woman’s womb with eggs in it. It has a very organic sense of rhythm and flow caused by the curved lines, and the lines that echo from each other.
After being very busy taking care of my 13 year old, who is off for the summer, my house and garden, and my health, I finally got back to my art today. I started out with a sheet of heavy duty black toothy pastel paper. I drew “S” curve lines on the paper, and fanned them out. Then, I drew in colors on each “S” curve, in the order of the color wheel. This makes it colorful, but yet harmonious. My color palette is red violet, red, red orange, orange, and yellow, with accents of green. The green accents add contrast, and interest. This piece has a nice flowing organic feel to it. It is all based on curves. At the same time, it is lively and colorful, and has a sense of controlled energy.
Here is another abstract I did today. I did this in colored pencil (mostly Prismacolor) and Prismacolor Art Stix on Strathmore gray scale paper. I started by drawing wavy lines and boxes within with charcoal. Then I did the rest with the art sticks and colored pencils. The nice thing about Prismacolor, is they have a nice system of grays. There is cool gray, warm gray, and french gray in various values. I decided to make most of the squares in various shades of gray, black, and white. Only a few of the boxes have color in them. In my experience, life is mostly mundane, punctuated with occasional times of joy and excitement. However, the mundane grays make the good times all the more happy by comparison. Here, the grays really show off the bright colors.
This is an acrylic painting I did several years ago. The impetus for this was a class I took on abstract painting. As I am on the autistic spectrum, it is natural for me to be literal and detailed, and to paint almost photorealism. In one way this is fine, but I would like to go beyond just a technical, literal rendering. So, I’m going down the abstract path for a while. I find it very freeing. I don’t have to worry about making something look realistic.
In this piece, I went very organic. I used natural earth colors, including a lot of burnt sienna. I first applied acrylic modeling paste to a canvas panel, and let this dry. Then I painted it. After it dried, I sanded down the tops of the ribs, and exposed the white underneath. The idea here is a an ancient natural artifact or fossil that has been exposed by erosion.
I seem to have taken a turn towards the abstract. I never thought this would happen. However, I have become interested in expressing ideas, instead of physical stuff lately. This piece was entirely hand drawn – no computers here. I only used a ruler for the lines I drew in perspective. I hand drew all the ovals.
Before I knew Jesus Christ and had a personal faith in Him, I was in darkness. I came to trust in Him in 1976.
The square light represents Him. All the small surrounding ovals in white, yellow, green, and blue represent different facets of me, and also me in various stages of my life. Some days in my life, I am towards the dark, blue ovals. Other times I am in the light yellow area. Most days I’m in the green or yellow green areas.
For the past couple of months, I had been struggling with bitterness and resentment. I was in the darker bluer areas at that time. In the past few days, God has really been dealing with me, and I’ve repented of unforgiveness. I’m praying for some people that have been persecuting me and falsely accusing me. I’ve forgiven them. I have to see them as broken, hurting people, which they are. I have to look beneath the surface, which is usually hard, tough, aggressive, and often polished and pretty. My sins against Jesus are so much greater than any transgressions against me. I can only forgive and let go through the power of the Holy Spirit. I have felt such peace and joy since I’ve released all the wrongs done to me. I’m praying for the people who hurt me, sincerely. Thank you Jesus.