Its a step away from the usual art book I'd buy.
That's because it deals with abstraction - and there are no demonstrations in it!
That's right, no step-by-steps ! More, these are the elements of a realistic abstract, see how it works in these sample paintings.
I was attracted to some paintings, repelled by others. That I would imagine is perfectly normal.
So, we learn from this book that simplification is an important element. Removing all that is unnecessary clutter in a painting. Then to give a suggestion of the subject.
I really like this book - after the initial shock on no demos, it has given me rise to think!
So I've been practising, thinking and painting.. here we go with my realistic abstract journey... please feel free to comment whatever is in your heart..complimentary or not... I don't mind! This is all learning for me.
First, trying to show a candlestick and the woodturner's art.
I think perhaps I attempt too much on this effort!
thirdly, I tried to follow a photo in the book, because this one attracted me :)
This is the style of realistic abstract that I like so far..
Then I tried to simplify the Easter Island head I have in my garden.
It feels too "blocky" and severe for my liking, but I show it anyway. We learn from everything, yes?
and then, I painted this with no idea in my head. Just left some whites and then added colours in random shapes. When I finished and stood away from it, it surprised me to see a dog looking back at me.. as if I had disturbed it from sleep.
Lastly I took some bright colours - just three primaries and again left white spaces. This looks so bright and fresh and it puts me in mind of the artist Nil Catalano. Nowhere near as good as his work, but for a first, I am happy with it.
If you would like to follow Nil's blog, it is HERE
Today I am going to try my hand at a vase of flowers, and I will post the result tomorrow.