Semi Abstracts

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Semi Abstracts

Semi Abstracts Notes

I have been thinking about using markers for under drawing with semi abstracts. I rarely draw anything on my panels or canvas because I like to think in large shapes and masses rather than linear when I paint. I save drawing for pencil and paper and consider them to be two different approaches. Drawing is the skeleton of all good art as far as I am concerned and it is vitally important in learning all art skills, however, I don’t see painting and drawing in the same way.

Semi Abstracts

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I like to view painting as a puzzle with flat shapes,colors and values which are plugged into the painting as I process through it. Once the shapes are placed on the canvas, I begin to cut those up into smaller shapes of value and color, and then smaller until shapes become objects and so forth. That’s why I believe that the elements of design are so important to good painting. I like to think that all painting is abstract in it’s beginning, then refined to a stage of comfort for the artist. That can be minimal, refined to photo realism, or to someplace in between as my work is.

Semi Abstracts

I tried the markers last night. I used Chartpak brand, my favorite markers. Basically I did a crude rendition of the proposed painting and then proceeded in my usual method. It occurred to me that this might be handy to do location block ins in a hurry and bring them home for studio work. They were easily covered by  paints. I have heard that Black Sharpie pens bleed through. The chartpak was great!! There doesn’t seem to be an advantage for studio work unless you feel the need to draw in your composition.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the notan process and how well it lends itself to a more minimalist abstract form of painting. I have it in my mind to do a series of abstract landscapes in acrylics to try this out. Sort of a beginning to my regular approach, where I stop after the block in stage, but I use heavier paint application and brushwork, so it has a finished quality. I really don’t know that anyone would want these paintings but I do know that abstract, contemporary work is very popular. I want to try this just for the curiosity of it, but also, because I believe it will be a good learning process for my  notan and design element studies.The thing I like about notan is the versatility of the process, from basic and primitive to highly refined, it works!!! I don’t have any interest in pure abstract painting, but I do like semi abstracts, with recognizable subjects.  I m going to start this series and will show you my progress. Essentially, it will be colorful semi abstract. The other day, another artist mentioned that my landscapes have an abstract quality to them. I was unaware of this and it gave the the idea of exploring the color Notan a little more thoroughly.

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More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:

This is my basic Pate Choux Recipe It is the dough for cream puffs and ‘eclairs

1 cup cold water
1 stick butter cut in slices
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 large eggs

Heat butter/salt/water in a good medium sauce pan to boil and remove from heat. Add the flour and beat until smooth, beat in eggs one at a time until smooth. The dough will come away from the sides of the pan.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Use baking sheets covered with parchment or greased and floured. Us a pastry tube to make either strips of pastry for ‘Eclairs or little round shapes for cream puffs. You can use fork tine to create ridges in the dough which will make them crispier and you can wash them with egg for a glaze if desired.

Bake until puffed and golden 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 and 5 minutes longer.

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