Monday, August 18, 2008

I haven't posted scans of acrylic paintings in quite awhile. This tiny one, 4x6 inches, was literally painted in 20 minutes. Abstract experimenting continues to be the force behind practically every thing I create.

The two black-and-white photos are examples of seeing abstracts everywhere. Graffiti on a retaining wall caught my eye while walking with workshop participants along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I aimed the camera at it while everyone else was photographing the rocky shoreline.

On another field trip during a workshop to Moss Landing I photographed the decaying buildings while everyone else headed for the beach. The buildings no longer exist; the entire area is now "upscale." I did take some photos of the pier that vanished during a storm a few months later, and that photo is a favorite of mine.

What a funny thing painting is. The abstract painters always insist on their connection with the visible reality, while the so called figurative artists insist that what they really care about, is the abstract qualities of life. Marlene Dumas


Doreen K. said...

Wow, love your acrylic painting.
Also your embellished piece posted on the 16th. Glad you finally got your embellisher. Hey, could you get a long handled sprayer attachment to put on your hose, so the spiders can't get you. That's awful what happened to you.

Val Foster said...

Hi Gail. Woohoo, I do LOVE your abstract painting. It's so interesting to study the enlarged picture. And it took you only 20 minutes? Wow. Perhaps it will inspire me to attempt an abstract painting, if I could end up with something this great. I do find that I'm drawn to abstract art though. Wonderful job, so glad you shared this.

I also love your swirl piece. Fantastic colors, great motion. I'm really liking your new embellisher and what it can do. You must be having a lot of fun with it. Good for you. A wise and useful purchase.

Rayna said...

Gail, this painting speaks to me - it is simply wonderful. And I totally connect with your pix of graffiti and random lines in the pavement or wherever. I have many photos like these in my inspiration folder.

queenopearls said...

Gail your art work is flourishing and inspiring. Thank you so very much. Love the shot of the desert. Looks incredibly vibrant, energetic and peaceful all at the same time.