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Acrylic Painting => Acrylic Painting Encourager Sessions => Topic started by: Harald on August 03, 2017, 10:22:38 PM

Title: Abstract work
Post by: Harald on August 03, 2017, 10:22:38 PM
Acrylic on canvas. 60x80cm. Hanging this month in the town hall where I live. Harald
Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: Annie. on August 03, 2017, 11:44:33 PM
Wow, this is beautiful  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I see many things in your abstract  :heeha:  likely why I like it.

And congrat on having it on display  :clap:
Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 04, 2017, 06:36:42 AM
Wow, Harald.  Looks like your art work is admired in high places.  Good for you.

I really cannot "read" abstract art very well, although I like the colors and shapes.

Can you "translate" it for me please?



Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: Annie. on August 04, 2017, 12:30:07 PM
I think it is like reading clouds (Mea, your speciality 😉 ),  one sees what they 'feel' from the shapes and colours.

I see a land devastated by a fire.  The colors are warm but the bottom of the painting is darker and there is a hint at hill at the 'horizon'.  Harald will have a good laught as it is most likely not even remote to his view of his painting.

Maybe because we are all preoccupied by the numerous forest fires, families evacuations, and the none stop smoke covering the sky...
Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: Val on August 04, 2017, 12:52:40 PM
 :heeha: Congratulations Harald, well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: Harald on August 12, 2017, 12:33:06 PM
Hi Annie, mea and Val. First, I`ll apologise I`m late to respond, I`ll try to be better.
Many thanks for encouraging feedback. Annie, the last thing I want to do is laugh at a serious attempt to interprent an image. Firstly, it is not far from what I see inn it and then one of the points of art is that the individual can make his own interpretation and have his own experience.
To create such a picture, one starts without any particularly plan. Sit down in front of an empty canvass with some colours and an open mind. Start with one colour and continue according to the method of incidences. Clean up, remove and add. It may take weeks before one is satisfied.
When it comes to reading abstract art, I`m not competent to teach, but I will try to say something how I experience this image.
  It is clearly an abstract landscape with more troubled saturated colours and contrasts in the "sky" more calm in the foreground. Large variety of strokes. Variated interesting forms. Someone looks like broken constructions, others may remind of other deformations. Contrast in hue and saturation, les contrast in value. This creates a partially turbulent image, vibrating some places.
To concretize, I see a world full of contrast and strides with a very uncertain future.
Now many will think that this is the stupidest thing they have read for a long time, but what the heck, as Nolan say, here it is.
Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 12, 2017, 03:16:03 PM

I think you have expressed yourself quite well - nothing stupid there.  And you can take my comment with authority as I was a former English teacher.

Actually, it made perfectly good sense and was delightful to read.


Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: Annie. on August 13, 2017, 01:39:58 PM
Hi Harald,
Thank you for the detailed explanation.  I am not educated in abstract art and most abstract painting do nothing for me.  But once in a while, I see something I really like and enjoy looking at.  Your remarks will keep my braincells thinking for a while.

I love this one as I see a story in it... and more as I just had a second relaxed look at it just now.

What amazes, and puzzles me at the same time,  is the process you describe.  Your comment that you start with neither a preconception nor an end-point result... not even a feeling or subject. 

Wouldn't you like to be a little mouse and listen to people's comments at the townhall?
Title: Re: Abstract work
Post by: linley.plester on September 04, 2017, 01:10:04 AM
Harald, thank you for explaining the painting, and your process. I always dread doing abstracts. Your idea of starting out with no preconceptions might be a good way for me to start instead of  fearfully procrastinating. Do you ever have failures where the painting just doesn't gel? PS: I also love the painting as well as your interpretation (and Annie's).