Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Turn of Abstract

Back home from a trip to AZ, but let's save that talk for another post and speak about the ability of an abstract painting to be turned thus producing more ways of seeing the same painting.  This small square at 12x12 on cradled board went through several changes in its layers and coloring but the forms stayed true to their creation.  What is it about some paintings to be so sure of themselves when they are born that it is hard to make deep changes?

Does that make sense?  Well , let me show you another turn of this abstract and tell me if it has a different feeling abut it.

Mood shift, yes?  No name yet, still new and turning.

Paint on paper, first with layer of white house paint, then oil pastel and oil paint...a lighter touch.  This one is such a landscape I haven't turned it.  Really don't know if it is finished but sometimes the rawness of these fresh pieces seems to say more than when it gets spiffed up and loses its spontaneity.  Any thoughts or comments rising from the masses...would love to hear some other words, but I do understand that there is a risk putting words onto paintings.

When I get my photos off my phone I will post some of the trip west, an emotional time but some wonderful sightings.  I hope this finds you all well and eagerly awaiting spring or maybe just using these winter days for some fabulous creating.  My blessings to all!


Altoon Sultan said...

The blue shape in the first painting you've shown us looks like a creature to me, who is moving about across the canvas in different ways.
I really like the last painting as is. It reminds me a bit of an Arthur Dove painting, whose works bring a spiritual aspect to the landscape.

Maggie Neale said...

Morning Altoon! Arthur Dove; I always feel pleasure when people mention Arthur Dove when they speak of my work. yes, I see the creature.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I was quite surprised by the turning of the first piece...the second view is altogether different in mood and movement!
Good luck with keeping the raw beginnings...there is a quality that gets lost on the next approach. It's all a toss up?!!

Velma Bolyard said...

the landscape is indeed raw, but strong and wonderful.