Saturday, August 30, 2008


Seaweed I
copyright Jeanette Jobson

I've never really explored abstract art or have been pulled in that direction, but there was an image of seaweed that seemed to call out for an abstract interpretation. I played around in Photoshop for awhile and this was the result. I'd like to use the same image and try it in watercolour, which I think would suit the subject, even if it would be difficult to determine the subject in the final piece.

There are some schools of thought that abstract art is easy, but its quite the opposite. You need to have the required knowledge of colour, composition and technique to make it work well. The completed piece will have no semblance to the original inspiration. Abstract art provides a vessel for experimentation and expression in art as you move colours and shapes around. You are freed from having to create something that looks comparable to something else.

I'll have to experiment a little more with this process and see what I come up with. A good class in abstract art would be useful, but I don't think I'll find one in my area. However, if anyone knows of one, please let me know.


Patricia said...

This is stunning!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Patricia.

vivien said...

lovely :>) it will be interesting to see you carry it into paint

and you are absolutely right - abstraction isn't easy - those who think it is are usually simply making patterns

Mary said...

Wow Jeanette, I think you have a definite idea of how an abstract piece is carried out and although I agree it isn't easy at all I think you have very successful at finding the abstraction in this image.

kay susan said...

Oh I really like this! It would be fantastic in sheer fabrics like organza, stitched and distressed!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Vivien, I hope to get some time to experiment during the week.

Mary, that's encouraging coming from you as you do such fabulous abstract work. I wish you were close enough that I could come look over your shoulder and learn more.

That would definitely be interesting Kay Susan. Those floaty fabrics would work so well for this. Great idea!