It had been over a month since I had done any "real" painting. I felt nervous, out of sync with my heart, and out of practice with my small group of painting skills. I struggled with a piece until I hated it completely and could no longer look at it, and then left the room for a much needed break. That was when my husband presented me with a package that he picked up from the post office for me that morning. I was excited to get into that box. I knew exactly what it was and couldn't wait to see it.
The week prior to that I had been playing around on Etsy looking for other budding artists that were new to me, when I stumbled upon a shop full of incredible abstract pieces. I used to be so indifferent to abstract art, but lately have found myself oddly attracted to it. This artist's work was bold, delicate, and quite stunning. It created an emotional reaction for me, and that is really the key to abstract work. I clicked on the button to add her shop to my favorites list. Within 2 hours, I had an offer in my inbox from the artist to do an art trade! I was so honored and excited.
Once I had my chosen painting in my hands, I was instantly inspired and really wanted to try an abstract piece based on a similar concept. So I scrapped my first project and grabbed a couple of small square wood panels and just let go of expectations and control for what the paintings would become and just had fun playing with shape, texture, values, and composition.
Here they are!
Create and Transform 2011 by Harmony Lenasbunt
I am curious to get your take on these. (I'm not asking for validation persay. Abstract art is truly difficult and I dont claim to be any good at it. I am really truly interested in your reaction to them). This is a total departure from my normal style and previous work, but super fun to do, nonetheless. I actually found the abstract style really helpful with my creative block and spent most of today (Sunday) working away at a new piece that I am SUPER psyched about and will share with you later this week. If you are hitting your head against a mental block or a major time constraint for artmaking, try some abstract work. You just might surprise yourself.
PS. (just for kicks, check out the link to the artist I traded with. You should be able to quickly pick out the piece that is beautifully gracing my wall right now and was the jumping off point for my adventure into abstract art). Have a blessed week! :)