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Driven To Abstraction

Driven To Abstraction


While I was wondering what title to give this post, the phrase “driven to abstraction” jumped into my head and rattled around. A moment later, I realised I’d made a mistake, since the phrase is actually “driven to distraction”. But some things are meant to be, so I’m sticking with Driven to Abstraction.

Something Different

I like to paint something different, once in a while.

Recently I downloaded an album by Mostly Autumn, which is one of my favourite prog rock bands. So, I’ve been listening to it for a week or two now, as you do. The album – called “White Rainbow” – was written for a band member who died and while the music is quite uplifting it obviously has a sad feel to it. I mention all this because White Rainbow was the inspiration for my abstract painting featured above. Its title is End Of A Golden Day.

The Painting Finds Its Own Way

I don’t tackle abstract paintings often. Frankly, I find them difficult. As a result, they can go wrong for me very easily. However, I do get a lot of enjoyment from the different approach that this style of painting demands.

When I paint in a representational style, I know what my subject is, right from the outset. It’s almost like painting from A to Z.

With abstract painting, I really don’t know my subject. Even if I have a rough idea in my head, like I did with End Of A Golden Day, my approach relies on intuition. Usually, I put down some paint, more or less randomly, think about it, add more paint, think again, and so on. I feel as if like the painting finds its own way to completion, with me helping it along. I can’t explain it any better than that.

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