I look at a lot of abstract art. It’s my favorite style of art to look at and to make. But, I struggle a little with it, intellectually. Maybe that’s the problem…thinking intellectually about it at all. I have this notion that there is a “right” way to make abstract art, and that what I do is not done in the “right” way and is therefore not legitimate as true abstract art. When I make an abstract painting I don’t plan it out or think about it ahead of time at all. I sit down, look at my palette and think about what colors I feel like using and then I just start slapping it on. After the first few completely random passes of the brush, I start thinking about what else it “needs” (whatever the hell that means) and I just keep playing until I don’t feel like it “needs” anything else. Sometimes I like the outcome and sometimes I don’t. I don’t really think about composition, values, balance, etc. at all. For this reason, I don’t feel that I’m making legitimate abstract art. Aren’t you supposed to think about these things in abstract art? Mine just seems to come straight out of my right brain to my right hand, bypassing any analysis from the left brain at all. So, am I just indulging myself with paint or am I making abstract art? What else do I need to learn about abstract art in order to feel like I’m actually making abstract art? I would LOVE to hear some commentary on this.
There are a few abstracts (or whatever they are) on my gallery page, and here are a couple more from earlier this year.