The Fun In Reflections.....I love reflections! In water puddles, on lakes, glassware, storefronts, and my mirror! Ha! I am not the only artist who feels this way...art shows and magazines will display many beautiful paintings of reflections. Why the love affair? Speaking for myself, the dual images are not exactly alike and small distortions are present, which make them fun to paint.
I have two I want to show you. Both are storefronts and I just happened on them, but my eyes immediately knew I'd paint those scenes!
Found this window front in a tiny town of Lafayette, here in Oregon. Everything is backwards and a bit darker. THIS is the type of painting I get lost in! A joy!
And here's a beauty of a storefront I found in another little village community near where I live. The shopkeeper is a delightful woman who created this wonderful woman's home boutique store. Again, the fascination of shapes and backward images. I purposefully chose cooler blue tones for this painting and I like the feel.
I like painting repeat subjects. I went through a two year period painting fur, feathers, and wood. Those three subjects were foreign to me and I wanted a realistic appearance. By the end of that time I was quite good... but changed my style as I created my new technique.
Often I find myself interested in a theme, or I want to perfect a technique and will paint several of the same subjects. These are the only two storefronts...so far...I've got my eyes opened for more!
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Basics of Understanding Art...There certainly is much art to consider as people express themselves in a variety of ways. I've come up with some basic art modalities hoping to shed some clarity.
CONTEMPORARY ART... The art you see created by today's artists who are globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advanced. The contemporary art forms include painting, sculpture, drawing, dance, music, performance, photography, conceptual, animation, internet, interactive, print making, to name a few.
FINE ART...refers to an art form created for it's aesthetic value and beauty instead of functionality. Art for Art's Sake. It has it's historical beginnings in drawing and design such as painting, sculpture, photography, and print making,
APPLIED ARTS... are functional with both aesthetics and function in mind. These include machine made items and craft items from artisans.
ABSTRACT ART...uses the visual language of shape, form, color and line to create art that does not attempt to represent reality. This art is open to interpretation... so the viewer has the freedom to assign its meaning. Understanding abstract art requires an open mind, and imagination.
FIGURATIVE ART...describes artwork that represents real objects, and is therefore called representational. Figurative art does not only refer to the human figure or animals, however they are frequent subjects.
DECORATIVE ART...concerned with the design and ornamentation of functional items such as furniture, jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, and the such.
VISUAL ARTS... including paintings, sculpture, photography, and essentially anything you can look at.
PERFORMING ARTS...an art form that combines visual art with dramatic performance.
LITERARY ART..relates to the written word and includes writing, editing, critiquing, and other activities related to written communication.
My earlier paintings were figurative and representational. (Above). This is a figurative painting...highly representational, no one would have a hard time identifying the subject.
My newer technique is taking me more into the abstracted realism with the focus on form, shape, and color. The abstraction and a representational quality is provided by my distinct Values. Let's take a look.....
Now here's one of my latest paintings...it's an exploratory experiment. It's small, 11"x11". Turned out lovely with those strong values and at first glance, it's abstracted! Color and shapes carry this piece.
Does that give you a bit more clarity?
For many...Art is Art....they like what they like, and that's alright too.
Next week's topic will be a surprise.
(A surprise for me too...no idea yet).
Oh...I almost forgot to mention:
My artwork has been featured in the new, first issue of the Pacific Northwest
Literary and Visual Arts Journal
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.