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. I find working on my sketchbook journal is a great way to just explore my own creativity and unwind a bit.
See how this abstract painting develops and read what the artist was thinking as the image progresses. An interesting visual journey into the mind of an artist.
The "Written Picture" project began with the idea of using dashes of color to mimic the calligraphic writing in ancient texts. It has now evolved into my own visual language of marks moving across the page to create abstract paintings that are filled with light and have both a playful and mysterious quality to them.
This painting, called, "Diamond" began with me ruling in pencil lines to establish columns similar to a magazine article or other written document. I then began to lay in colors to act as structural elements and to set the tone. I tend to gravitate to the warm earthy tones of Arizona as well as the bright blues that are in our western sky. The painting was quite bright at first, but I knew it would quiet down once I began to add marks. Gradually, I filled in dashes of color in an attempt to create a sense of diffused light as well as to mimic written marks.
The painting grew before my eyes, but I did not have a true sense of what the final image would be. As it filled with marks, a rectangle of unmarked space began to reveal itself. I decided to leave this area alone. Eventually, I felt the image was finished, but I left it on the wall for a few weeks. Over time, I decided it wasn't quite finished and decided to add in the diamond shape in the rectangle. This pulled the painting together.
The final image has a balanced peaceful quality to it, similar to a mandala. It seems to be a meditation of sorts, while still remaining completely abstract. I am quite happy with the final results.
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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!