I wander into the territory of representational painting every now and then, with the idea that maybe I can explore the abstract content I so love in the context of pictures. I SO love works that walk that line between purely abstract and representational. I'm fascinated by how little it can take to suggest a whole scene from what is otherwise just shapes, lines, colors, values, marks, and scribbles that consist of material applied to a surface.
Jane Lewis's life drawings, for example, are masterful scribbles evoking all the weight and presence of the figures they represent. I see the figure, but I see the charcoal or pastel, and the gesture just as much. Material, process, subject, all have equal importance in these.
Sherri Cassell's Landscapes, countless other landscape painters, Jylian Gustlyn's vessels, Wendy McWilliams' florals, Julie Hamilton's work: these are just a few examples of artists whose work, to me, speaks as eloquently of abstract content and material as it does of its subject.
Here are a few examples of my latest foray into representational images. Consider these all in process. They are on 18"x24" Bristol.
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Thank you for sharing these links! I also appreciate anyone exploring that boundary, and I'm enjoying playing across the continuum myself.ReplyDelete
Your new work is beautiful and very exciting!ReplyDelete
Jane, I get the change. I also admire the loose abstract style of object or place - its more relatable and grounding. I would enjoy it in a video too!ReplyDelete
Bristol warps on me - every time. do you prime it or tape it down?ReplyDelete
make sure there is no water in your paint,for the first coat. Or gesso it. Then make sure it dries flat. I tack mine to the wall, and make sure it's very dry before taking it down. Still, it's not the ideal paper.Delete
Then what is the ideal paper?Delete
If you gesso both sides, it doesn't warp.ReplyDelete
Jane... they are wonderful! I understand the need to break away from your typical studio practice. Enjoy the journey!!ReplyDelete
Hi Jane. These are great. Did you do them all at the same time as a series?ReplyDelete
They are all recent, and I'm still working in this mode.Delete
Hi Jane. I like this new work very much. :*)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Peggy. It certainly is different, but fun.Delete
Jane, Are the flowers painted with acrylic paint. I would like to try it with painted tissue or rice paper for the flowers.ReplyDelete
That sounds fun. GO for it.Delete
jane, I love the one with the gold vase. Would you let me know if you decide to sell it? <3ReplyDelete
love this work, Jane! I too am interested in that abstract/representationsl line. Semi-abstracted "reality,"ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing these! AND the links. I love the direction you are going with these!ReplyDelete
Muito, muito bonitos!ReplyDelete
I love these Jane. How did I miss this? It’s interesting to me to see how you approach flowers using the same style/attributes/colours as your nonrepresentational work. Go, Jane, go!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Flora!! You are the flower painting QUEEN!Delete