abstract still-life

Been thinking and learning a lot from Keri Smith recently about creative play, as well as from Amy and Jamie from the Pikaland online art course I went on in the spring.

It seems that whenever I sit down to 'draw properly', I end up dissatisfied with the results... a perfectly good representation of a shell or a feather or a plant or whatever... but no soul. Yet when I stop trying too hard and decide to 'play' with art materials in a more abstract way, I surprise myself with interesting compositions and patterns that are way more stimulating than the 'proper' art...

I know what I have to do... introduce one side of the family to the other...

9 comments:

Debbie Osborn said...

I love these, keep it up!

Jane Housham said...

The red picture is wonderful, really terrific.

Gigibird said...

I like both but the red painting is more fluid and confident...

Frances said...

Sue, I really like reading about how your creative enquiries are taking you.

Proper is such a funny word. We can embrace it in some contexts, yet feel how it restrains us in others.

Sometimes I do not even bother doing a drawing, because I feel that its results will merely echo other drawings I've been doing for three or four decades. How much better to let your mind ramble a bit with that pencil or whatever in hand, and see what unchartered (or uncharted) destination might be reached.

Before this comment gets too long, I'd also like to cheer the red.

xo

. said...

Love this, the relaxed storkes of the brush in the second one with the red, and the graphic style of it. Really neat and this would look fantastic printed on fabric. Great work!!!

nelleke said...

Hi Sue, I like these two abstract still lifes! The red background is really nice, but also the lines in black and white.

acornmoon said...

What was it that our art tutor used to say "the quality of the mark", that is what these have. Hard to define but you know it when you see it and I can see it here.

A time to dance said...

duck egg blue and pea green make my heart go skipperty.....especially when they are the colour of shoes....

Jackie said...

Wonderful idea. I battled with it all the time but my drawing is now limited to that which I do with my machine needle.