Think Abstract Art is Easy?

Abstract art is not easy. I came across a great quote that accurately describes the ability needed to produce this form of work. It happens to be from one of my favorite creatives…

“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” —Wassily Kandinsky

(Special ‘Shout Out’ to Jud: It takes more than your paint sprayer! But I will gladly take it off your hands. Could use it to paint my dining room chairs.)

Can’t Take Photos of Myself

Mr. Basketmaker has been hounding me to show pictures of me working on paintings for my upcoming show in June. I reminded him several times that I cannot take pictures of myself painting. So he has taken many a shot. And wonders why I’m not posting them. Well, I guess it’s easier to just give an example…

Every shot he has taken is out of focus. And I’m not sure why that is since the photos he takes of his baskets in his little photo studio always look so perfect. I wonder if there’s a subtle message he’s trying to send me…

The one below is okay but I was not eager to highlight what a hot mess my hair was!! He seemed to capture that very well…


Saturday Night Art Walk: Springing in Tennessee

The beginning of the week it was quite warm and I grabbed my camera to take shots of all the signs of spring around our property. Many of the blooms I don’t recognize—all part of being a Tennessee transplant from New England.

So tonight, I’m showing some of the photos I captured with a few I’m going to use for some new paintings in the near future.

First up is a bloom I cannot identify. It is probably one of the many “tree-weeds” we have here. I liked the color combination of chartreuse, yellow and pink hues.

The next blooms I do recognize… they are from our peach trees in the back yard. We have about 7 of them on the property. They have produced hundreds of little peaches but I’ve never been able to harvest any of them because of all the insects feasting on every one. I talked to a native gardener awhile back and she said it’s impossible to produce fruit without using pesticides. Last season I saturated them with organic solutions but not one peach could survived. Really makes you question on what “organic” really means. Just how do you keep insects away from juicy peaches?

Below is a closeup of the new growth from one of the peach trees. I am going to paint this composition. It will look great as an abstract.

Image below is not a sign of spring— I simply liked the aged texture and the creams and browns surrounded by green. Anyone know what this is? It almost looked like cotton to me; but I’m sure it’s not.

The following photo shows all our pear trees blooming along the woods out back. I love all the white flowers and with the time of day when I took this shot, it cast a pretty blue hue over everything. I’m going to paint this one too.

I have no idea what kind of plant this next one is but I loved the spindly growth forming around a new bud emerging. It’s quite peculiar.

I’m done with the winter season and ready for everything to be lush and green—out with the past and in with the new!

Have a good evening and don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight!!