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Looking at Abstract Art. Is there a right way?

I am frequently asked “What is this”.  “What did it begin as”. “ Do you know how you begin a painting?”.

The answer is always “no” “nothing” and “ no”.

When I begin a painting I have no idea where it will go.  I gesso (  paint with chalk mixed in to give the canvas a surface that will not absorb with paint itself until I put the first brush and color on it.   I then can decide my first color, knowing that I will mix, blend or paint over most of it.  Most paintings have a horizontal, vertical landscape or a cross design.  A good rule of thumb is the give the viewer a focal point of shape or color…or not.  This focal point is with one of the four quadrants of the painting.  The quadrant is one of the corners when the canvas is split in equal vertical and horizonal lines.

Some viewers look and only see lines, squares and blobs of color stuck in between.  May you look and see a blue cloud over a lake,  a large dog, a rainbow, etc.. Abstract art is so varied that people will identify it as “abstract” but when asked to explain abstract art they are at a lost.   They just tell me they like abstract art.  They are just drawn to abstract art. They don’t want their new art to fight with their existing artwork.  Abstract art answers all of these questions.

I often flip my canvas in every direction to see what is working best.  What is working.  What isn’t working.  I always tell the new collector that once it is in their home or office they might want to flip to fit their space best.  This is why I always sign my canvas’ on the edge so it doesn’t dictate how it is displayed.