Thursday, February 28, 2019

Watch Over My Shoulder - Seven Moons Fabric Art Series - Phase #3

What is Abstract Art? According to the dictionary, it's "art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures." 

Have you viewed Phase #1 and #2 in this series? Click on the #number to view those also.

What can we learn about ourselves when doing this type of art? In whatever medium we choose to use, abstract art opens doors in our brain and allows us to break away from the structured reality of simply making something by routine or pattern, and instead, to create something new, original, and untried. In the process it reveals things about us and our creativity that we wouldn't see without it. It reveals how we see color relationships, our favored shapes, our use of connectivity, and our spatial concepts.

What are the main elements that keep repeating themselves in abstract art? Shape, value, line, color, contrast, texture, and spatial features. There is always some element of reality, though the artist is the one in charge of what is being abstracted and to what degree.

I love this type of art and encourage others to dabble in it as well. It's not the only type of art I do, but it's the only type of art that removes all fear, anxiety, and preconceived expectation. For me, it's the only type of art where the ending justifies the beginning, giving it validation and creative license.

I'll be finishing this project in Phase #4. Meantime, why not tell me about your adventures with abstract art forms.