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Obverstractions

I have just started exploring my way into a new painting concept I’m calling “Obverstractions.” In this series I am attempting to marry my bent toward abstraction with my passion for nature and observationally driven works, balancing these few facts about myself as an artist:

I feel most “at home” and connected to my work when it’s abstract.
Painting with observation as a starting point works for me..
Observing the natural world closely is my biggest inspiration.
I desire to connect with a “live,” improvisational energy while painting

My first couple of small attempts have proved to be instructive and validating. I’ll write more about my process as the series progresses.

Obverstraction #2. 11×14 inches, acrylic on wood.

I was encouraged by the results of the first study (below) and doubly encouraged by the second (above). To me, #2 is more successful as it arrives closer to the destination I envisioned while also departing furthest from the initial observation. I am using my mindfulness training as a compass for doing these works, and I felt that with #2 I was able to embrace uncertainty more and get into a more connected improvisational state while still channeling the subject (or at least my view of it).

Obverstraction #1. 10×10 inches, acrylic on wood.

Stay tuned for more of this work. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

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Abstract playground

Today i was getting inspired at the playground. The light was just right, and the kids were occupied. I hope these images become fodder for paintings.

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