I took an online class in abstract painting during November/December 2020. For more info, see the introduction in this post featuring the first painting I did in the class.
The class was structured with a short lecture at the beginning of class covering an abstract painter’s work and using it as a springboard to discuss abstract art principles. Then we students painted at our individual studios.
Thank you to my fellow students and my teacher, Kassem Amoudi.
The next painting is called “Unanswered Questions”. It is 20″ x 16″, done in acrylics.
And here it is as a WIP. I only had one photo of WIP – this painting was finished very quickly, and I didn’t make many photos.
The work you did on this course is really amazing, Claudia. You must be very pleased with these paintings.
Thank you. I am not sure why, but being in a class seemed to free me from the torpor I have been in and opened a new door in my mind. I guess because for the first time I do not think of my art as a thing to sell, but as a process. The class was minimal instruction, which was fine with me, mostly we painted and received guidance as we asked, but there was something about the dedication of time and the focus that I really liked. Who knew, a pandemic had to teach me this!
Wonderful work. I love the way the figures are contained within separate spaces but with elements – overt like the stairs or more subtle like color – that connect them.
Thank you, the idea of drawing over the colors was something that I had been thinking of with sketching, and then the teacher showed artwork along those lines (though in that case the artist had drawn over a solid field of color only). I really like the layering of “realities” this technique can produce, as you said.