Category Archives: Beginning of Abstraction

Revised Assignment 4 – Abstracting a Seascape

For assignment 4’s abstract seascape, I chose a photograph with a view from above onto a section of shoreline. Here, I want to take another approach by opening up my process. My first drawing was a representation of shapes, based on a photograph. These shapes are to me, the result of … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Beginning of Abstraction: Submission and Tutor Feedback

SUBMISSION: Choose at least 2 paintings for this Assignment. I choose the following 5 paintings: My favourite is probably Sea Shore, because it is the most spontaneous of all. The composition is balanced and not dominated by colour. I also include an abstract … Continue reading

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Exercise: Seascape

I’m expected to make a seascape to compliment my previous townscapes. The seascape below is the view over the fynbos vegetation towards the sea. I have always wanted to paint this view from our holiday house, but have never managed it … Continue reading

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Exercise : Abstract Townscape

From my sketchbook,- Thinking differently makes old ways new. I know that the outcome is not completely abstract, but I am very happy about the shift that is happening here.

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Research – Terry Frost and Patrick Heron

Abstract Expressionism, Art informel and related tendencies – mid to late 1940’s and 1950’s. Some artists found that geometric art was too limiting to express their particular psychological experiences and they turned to a looser more gestural form of abstract … Continue reading

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Exercise – Hard edge abstract expressionism

Here, I’m asked to create freer geometric shapes (even in 3D) on a coloured ground, with the use of stencils, masking tape etc. Recently, en route to Isreal, I had the opportunity to visit the blue mosque in Istanbul, which was completed in 1617. … Continue reading

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Exercise : Hard edge painting

The work of contemporary hard edge painter – Tim Renshaw. He speaks of a ‘internal syntax’, ‘thoughts of being too detached’, ‘one’s identity is underlined by habits, investment in painting rules’. He reiterate,  ‘I move from arbitrary state to an internal … Continue reading

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