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on: July 12, 2010, 07:11:16 AM

There are many who look upon abstract with disdain. That was my view until about 16 years ago when I went on an organised 7 day painting holiday to loosen up from my then very tight style of paining. The holiday was highly recommended to me so I never investigated the details. The artist's name( well-known in South Africa) was unknown to me at that stage. The cost was quite expensive to me as far as my pocket went and we all had to be accommodated in one of the high-graded holiday complexes on the Kwa-Zulu Natal south coast.

On the first day, soon after starting our first painting assignment, I discovered, to my horror that this man was an absolute abstract artist and could not paint a normal fine art subject. Being hundreds of kilometres from home and everything paid for in advance, I took the only decision possible - Stay and ride it out. The best decision I ever made as far as art goes!

To cut a long story short I learnt a lot about the early Impressionists and, most of all, the correct use of, and the application of, colour. Believe me, proper abstract art is not just the slapping down of any old colour any old how, as some think.

Remember, abstract art is just one room in the many-roomed huge mansion called Art. Every type and style, however naive, has its place in the culture of a nation.

My Abstract

A while ago we held our workshop on Abstract Art. This was conducted by my son Nolan. We all had a wonderful creative day. One of the questions asked of us was, "What do you love the most?" There were various answers: Bargains, Interior Decorating, love of money, etc. We all then had to express, in a painting, our desires and our feelings about our statements.

Explanation of my painting

After finishing our paintings we all had to give an explanation of what they all meant.

The Money Fountain


The fountain represents the source of our money, be it income, savings, investments, etc. The notes and the circles represent the product from the fountain. WE would all love this in our lives, therefore the colourful colours around the fountain.

However, the horizontal and vertical bands are barriers that often hinder us in either the collecting(receiving) or giving out of our money. These barriers affect both the poor and the rich alike. Fortunately there is still a gap that allows some flow through. Seldom will the barriers cut the painting into 2 halves. This lower gap tells us that there are times where there are no barriers and we will be satisfied with the use of our money.
The dark areas on the top of the painting represent the times when financial disaster overtakes us in one form or another. The strong diagonals from the bottom left to the top right represent the flow of the money. Stagnant money, like hoarding, is a disaster for the economy as a whole.

I hope you enjoyed the painting!
« Last Edit: September 26, 2010, 10:48:23 PM by nolan »
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Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 11:49:35 PM
It is remarkable how an entire provocative thesis is revealed in this composition.  Very well thought out and explained.  :clap: