I have been busy working through an online course on Abstract Art with Lisa Call. I first met Lisa last year at the Fibre Forum in Ballarat where I did a 5 day Working in a Series class with her. You can read about that here. I caught up with her again at the Nancy Crow classes in New Zealand earlier this year.
This is a year of trying out new things and so I thought her Abstraction class would be ideal for me. I have learnt so much about the abstract artists of the 20th century; it has been a very time consuming but wonderful learning experience.
Every week we learn about a different style of art and then she gives us a challenge to complete and at the end of the week she critiques our work. There are only two weeks left of the class now.
I thought I'd show some of the work I have done.
In the second week we had to find a landscape photo and use it as inspiration. I picked a photo of trees.
Here is my abstract composition based on the photo.
Another week we had to work on non-objective art and think about variety, balance and repetition.
This is what I came up with.
A couple of weeks ago we had to copy an abstract expressionist artist to try and understand what they were doing. I have spent the entire course also trying to piece everything so I had to modify the design so it could be pieced in the allotted time I had.
I chose Gravitation by Kandinsky.
I thought it looked fairly simple until I started to try and piece it. I didn't like the brown background so I changed that as well.
I have really enjoyed the class and it's a shame that there are only two weeks to go. The work by the other participants has been fantastic, some are quilters and some are painters. I have learnt so much from Lisa's critiques of their work as well.
As you can see I haven't quilted anything and as they are only exercises I probably won't but I will never look at abstract art the same way again.
Bye for now,