Sean Scully (born 30 June 1945) is one of the foremost abstract artists alive today. I have been enthralled with his geometric paintings since the early 90's when I was in graduate school. His paintings call up so many ideas. They could be stones stacked on walls, old plank buildings, aerial views of modern cities, or windows and doors. Or, they could be nothing at all, just beautiful shades of colorful rectangles balanced on a picture plane. To me, that is really what they are. I see them as quiet introspective moments. Perhaps, haikus of color.
Below is a great article that I found onBlainshouthern.com. It is worth a look and a read.
Recently, I have been trying to work a little more in my sketchbook. I have been really busy with my students as well as with illustrating a children's book, so finding some time to make my abstract paintings has been limited. However, I have been getting at it here and there, and this is what I have come up with. They are sort of abstract poems and are usually based on specific places and landscapes.
For this book, I am working on handmade cotton watercolor paper in a leatherbound book. I have been using watercolor exclusively and work in a very free flowing and intuitive manner. Some come out better than others, but each represents a moment in time.
Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 – October 30, 1992) is one of my favorite abstract expressionists. Colors swim through her paintings with a resounding buoyancy and joie de vivre. Mitchell was part of the New York school of abstract expressionist painters during the 1950's. What's wonderful about her work, is how important color is in her visual language. So many of the New York School painters, worked in monotones and dark values, but not Mitchell. She studied the French colorists, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh, bringing their color sense to her large, abstracted surfaces.
I often think of my own paintings as poems. Short, poignant moments, frozen in time on the canvas. Joan mitchell seemed to feel the same way. She once stated, "My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields...it's more like a poem...and that what I want to paint." Indeed, her vigorous dashes and smears of color, speak of landscapes without ever being that specific. They are the essence of memories sparking like poetic kaleidoscopes on canvas. Each one, its own unique poem.
I stumbled upon these amazing abstract works of and know you will love them!
Jung-Yeo Min stretches our concept of imagination through his surrealistic and bizarre abstract works of art.
See how the creative process works, as the steps to creating an abstract painting are revealed. Seeing how a painting comes together, gives you unique insight into the mind of an artist and is always a fun exercise. Let me know what you think!
I found this amazing article about sculpture that seems to defy gravity. It is definietley some cool stuff and a lot of fun to look at. Let me know what you think!
Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!