The Surprise of Abstract

When it comes to abstract painting in particular I must say there are a palette of definitions as there are colors.  In my study of art while in college the idea of realism never seemed to intrigue me as slosh of colors in random patterns did.  Though I know little of painting when it comes to portraits (people just aren’t in my DNA of brush strokes), still-life, landscapes, architecture I can appreciate them.  But when it comes to me, the canvas and the paint … I am drawn into a world of abstract that resembles more of a wild party than a proper setting.  Perhaps my paintings are most simplistic as I can’t seem to discipline myself to sit and paint any other way.  I know some will think that to always paint in one style is to limit the artist in me.  Perhaps so, but in each new canvas I am free to express myself in a way that truly cannot be duplicated.  There simply are no two exactly alike abstracts.  Oh there may be similar patterns, colors, strokes etc from me the artist, but again no two are produced to be a look alike.  I’ve had people ask, “Can you recreate me a painting just like this one that has already sold?”  It cannot be done and to me that is what make abstract painting unique and a one of a kind piece.  When asked, “Why abstracts?” the simple answer is because I love abstract and like each painting I produce it represents that the artist in my is a one of kind painter.  Enjoy the playground of paint!  Love abstracts!

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Abstract Is Me …

I value art of all kinds across the ages of man from the Monet, van Gogh, and Pollock to mention a few of my favorite past artists.  As an artist I have dealt in wood block prints, pottery, photography as well as watercolor painting and abstract painting.

Of late I have settled on abstract painting in acrylics.  I am given to think that abstract is me based up on several factors.  I love the experimentation of having a beginning but not necessarily having a ending.  The fluidity of paint yes, but of subject matters tends to appear rather than always be planned.  Abstract is not a mere slapping some paint on the canvas in hopes of something delightful or even mysterious appears.  Some might argue that abstract has no functionality to it as some quizzically say, “What is it suppose to be?” However in the artist eye functionality is a most important aspect of the painting, at least it is to me.  From the tones, pigment, layers, rinses, they all comprise an functional element that drives deep into the eye and into the soul.  I want my abstracts to pleasing, but also meaningful to the viewer and buyer.  I want to discuss with them how this painting came about and the why of the color, the slashes and splashes of paint.  It truly is functional.

I also enjoy abstract painting as there is a sense of experimental freedom to try, dry and do it again.  You will never know that many of my finished abstract paintings have layers upon layers of paint, gesso and more paint  until I have arrived that finished state.

Bottom line is, abstract is me.  I hope it can be for you too.  Let me know what you think of a painting and if it inspires you, let’s work out a price that we can both value.

– Bob

Selling Your Art

I sometimes wish I had never had to sell a painting. Every painting you make represents the time it was made and how you were feeling and what your influences were… You are never going to feel that way again, so you can never repeat it … (Peter Doig)

 Not long ago a viewer of my art asked if it was hard to sell one of my paintings?  It’s not the selling that is hard but the letting it go is what’s hard.  Each piece is a part of me the artist.  The paintings composition, the color of paints chosen, the texture and manipulation of the paint are all part of me giving a birth to the piece of art someone has chosen to buy.  I see the creation on canvas as something I want to hang onto or perhaps it is the experience I the artist has gone through to arrive at the final piece.

As tough as the experience of selling a piece is, the intent of producing my art is to either sell it or give it away.  This way you the recipient of the art become a part of my experience as artist.  One I don’t take lightly either.  I value you as you examine the art to come to a decision that this piece is the one you wish to display in your home or office.  In turn I see you as one who creates a private art museum for my art as well as for others art you have purchased to be enjoyed.  You the art buyer are a valued and appreciated by me the artist.  Enjoy your art!

–  Bob


“The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way. There is no good asking first whether the work before you deserves such a surrender,  for until you have surrendered you cannot possibly find out.” – CS Lewis

When it comes to abstract painting the question be it verbal or mental almost always comes up … “What is it suppose to be?” or some facsimile.  I can’t say that I haven’t asked that question while looking at art be it museum or online gallery.  We like for life as well as art to make sense.  But that is where art and life come in as neither makes sense at times.

“Abstract means something that is not attempting to represent reality.”

By this definition of most if not all people, including myself, live abstract lives of trying to be something other than what we are painted to be.  Perhaps our best reasoning for art is to stop trying turn out heads so as to figure out what this abstract piece of art is to be, and just sit back, as C.S. suggests and surrender to the art piece and appreciate the artist inspiration and passion that has allowed him to display his work for you.  Look at the piece of art. Listen to hear if it speaks to you. Receive it regardless as a work of art.

– Bob