Art, as we all know, is totally subjective. It all depends on what people make of it, and some people make a hell of a lot out of a simple squiggle.
Reminds me of something I saw on Facebook recently where a bunch of hoity toity art connoisseurs are getting excited by a pair of glasses someone left on the floor during an exhibition. Obviously the glasses “spoke” to them.
I’ve always wanted to make art, but I cannot paint. Nope…A brush in my hand is about as useful as an extra thumb. I just don’t know what to DO with it…a paintbrush that is.
Speaking of extra thumbs…I actually had an elderly patient once who had two thumbs. I kid you not. It was a bit like a crab claw on her hand. Fascinating.
I’m beginning to explore painting. I can’t paint recognisable things – not yet. Do I even want to though? I must admit, just like the imagination involved with cloud watching, I’m a bit more swayed towards abstract art. Not ALL abstract art though, as some of it just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Like – simple squiggles. Or geometric stuff. Or paintings that are so washed out and simplistic you have to wonder did the artist want to keep it a secret all to him/herself? Some people like that though and “get it”. I don’t.
But I do love colours and textures. Textures are great! Something you can really get your teeth into, if your eyes had teeth. Nothing better than a textural painting that seems to want to rip its way out of the canvas and devour you. Ok…I’m getting carried away here, but you know what I mean.
So, I have been messing about with creating some textural paintings. Acrylic paints with texture paste….and whatever else is handy. I’ve made two attempts. I personally think they are still a bit clumsy ….BUT, I’m always SO self critical…and you’ve got to start somewhere.
This was my first attempt at an abstract painting. I just KNOW I’ll end up modifying the colour….but it is what it is so far.
I used texture paste, wool, glue, tissue paper and paint. It reminded me of the ocean.
My daughter said she saw a dead fish in it. Someone else said a tennis racket. My father saw a wine glass. Someone else saw the moon rising over reeds…
I like that people saw different things. I guess that’s a start hey!
Then today I finished a set of three abstract paintings that are probably more of a decorative accent thing than anything else. These were fun to make and I like the colours and the swirls. Circles and swirls are my thing. Squares and lines….not so much, but who knows… A square may “speak to me” one day.