Well hey there, friends! I’m back with another addition to the weekly print series.
I’ve really enjoyed trying my hand at abstract art lately — something I’ve never felt all that comfortable with. I look at other people’s abstract work and they make it look so easy.
But friends, it’s not that easy. You have to have an eye for color, space and composition. And you have to be unafraid to try things, throw lots of paper away, try again, get paint all over your clothes/hands/face/house/dog and try and try again until you like it. And even when you like it, will anyone else like it? The struggle is real.
Especially for someone like me who has always preferred to draw and paint things to look realistic. Maybe it's the comfort of knowing that when the artwork looks like the photo I'm using for reference, it's good enough.
I'm finding that there's not a similar stopping point with abstract art. No point at which you can know with certainty that what you've created will be universally loved by everyone who sees it. And honestly, I think there's some magic in that.
Of course, I want to continue capturing moments from your photos and creating meaningful artwork from them. It's one of my favorite parts of my job and something I see a lot of value in. But I also want to start creating more from a blank canvas. To envision something and bring it to life, without a photo reference to base it on. To make things simply because the act of creating brings me joy, without the expectation of approval or validation.
ALL THAT TO SAY...this one is called "Spring in Portland". After the wettest winter in recorded history (yikes), we're finally starting to get some sunlight and warmth in these parts. And the flowers! The colors! There's really nothing like it and the beauty of this state makes all the rain worth it. I've tried to capture some of that here and I hope you like it! Or maybe I don't hope you like it, because I'm trying to not care about that, remember? :)
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Love & Respect,