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Monday, January 24, 2011

Buildings near Old Winston-Salem

16x20 Abstract Buildings
I came upon this view when exiting the ticket and information building for Old Winston-Salem while in North Carolina this past fall. I don't think this scene has anything to do with the historic town, but it was the first thing I saw. I thought it would make a great abstract painting without even trying. Just paint it as it is, and it would look the part. I took this into work last week before it was completed, and a friend of mine said it looked like the Midwest where she had grown up. That you don't see things like this in Colorado (too true, as it was foreign to me!). This was good background for me, though, and I appreciate that knowledge.

I wanted to make the large graphic shapes interesting and yet read as one shape. For instance, the "pink" building could have been painted a flat solid pink shape, but I put purple and ochre and orange in it but kept the overall "pinkness." Same with the other shapes (or sheds). The brown shed has ocher and blue, purple and rust color. There is ochre in the turquoise building which is really viridian green mixed with white, and purple and white.

Posting paintings and writing about them also helps me to "see" them in a new light. I do think, at least in this photo, that the purple is too strong in the pink building. I think I can warm that area up a bit without losing  what I wanted.


Aloha Sistah said...

Perhaps I lack the imagination for abstract art and therefore do not appreciate it as others do. That being said, I find that I was drawn in at first by the abstract quality of this painting which took me a little by surprise.

victoriasart said...

I love it! Thank you for your honesty. I am not a big fan of "abstract" art either, but this has an abstract quality which should be in all paintings. If you remember Daniel Sprick from your days in Denver, he is almost a surreal artist his paintings are so "real" yet he says he paints abstractly!

Travelingrant said...

I too have rarely been a fan of the abstract. However, I have found as I age and as I experience more art, that I can appreciate the skill of the painter, without loving the work itself. That said, I really like this piece. It is abstractesque, yet grounded enough that I can relate to it.