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Abstract Works: Change of Scene

 

Image 1: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Orange Grey Black Watercolour Shape with orange line & circle, by Onlythemoon

 Image 1: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Orange Grey Black Watercolour Shape with orange line & circle, by Onlythemoon

Change of Scene

I've been thinking about my art practice and have found myself, recently veering towards digital and semi-realistic artwork, which whilst I really like and enjoy this, the art that I most connect to, and emotionally engage with, is abstract art and I want my art practice to reflect this.

Whilst I am re-aligning my art practice to focus on my abstract artwork and my works in progress, my blog and posts will change as well.

I'll be sharing my journey with you as I go along! But this will probably mean that there might be some disruption along the way, as I adjust to these changes, and think about and work out the best ways to share the journey! Any feedback from you along the way will be helpful!

I'm going to try and post as frequently as I can, featuring art as it progresses - and I'm going to try not to worry that the work isn't perfect and that they're not finished! Like this first work in progress!

Work in Progress

 Image 2: Change of scene, Works in Progress, Abstract Orange Grey Black Watercolour Shapes (Media, Watercolour on Card), Working Title, "Light at the End of Tunnel" by Onlythemoon

 Image 2: Change of scene, Works in Progress, Abstract Orange Grey Black Watercolour Shapes (Media, Watercolour on Card), Working Title, "Light at the End of Tunnel" by Onlythemoon  

 

This blog post features the first work in progress in this series (Image 2, above). It's an abstract artwork in orange, grey, black, and metalic, watercolour on card. 

This work was made intuitively, using a limited colour palette with the emphasis on the shapes, colour, and the feeling of the piece. The working title is "Light at the End of Tunnel." 

Let me know what you think about the image and the title! 

How to Develop the Work?

The overview shows the relationship between the shapes, the differences between them and the tonal values used.

It also shows the limitations of the card as a support, so working this up, I will decide whether to paint out or cover the background in some way, first thoughts, would be to do this with either with white paint or with white paper collage. Keeping a white background would highlight the shapes, using paint or collage will allow for a quiet but textured background. 

Image 3: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Orange Grey Watercolour Shape, by Onlythemoon

 Image 3: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Orange Grey Watercolour Shape, by Onlythemoon

Alternatively, I could focus on the strongest elements of the composition, such as the organic blurred Orange Grey shape (Image 3), or the Grey, Black shape (Images 4 & 5). 

Image 4: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Grey Black Watercolour Shape, by Onlythemoon  

Image 4: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Grey Black Watercolour Shape, by Onlythemoon

Image 5: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Grey Black Watercolour Shape Rotated, by Onlythemoon

 

Image 5: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Grey Black Watercolour Shape Rotated, by Onlythemoon

By focusing on one element other decisions would need to be made, such as the direction of the work in image 4 and 5, I've rotated the image to see how the different orientation works. 

Another approach would be to focus on the organic blurred shapes and the relationship between these and the more saturated rectangular and circular orange shapes as in image 1, where it is the relationship between the larger and smaller images that becomes the focus.

Let me know what you think, and stay tuned for more abstract works in progress!

Image 1 Story Format: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Orange Grey Black Watercolour Shape with orange line & circle, by Onlythemoon Image 6 Story Format: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Orange Grey Black Watercolour Shape with orange lines & circles, by Onlythemoon Image 7 Story Format: Change of scene, Works in Progress Detail, Abstract Watercolour Shapes with orange line & circles, by Onlythemoon