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.
I like to paint something different, once in a while. My featured pic shows an abstract painting that I produced recently. Its title is Transition, because I was trying to express the idea of movement from one state of existence to another.
I don’t tackle abstracts 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 Transition, 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.