Leftover from class: Not Angry

Remember my class from this winter/spring? I had a couple more paintings in progress as the class finished, both one hundred percent to the abstract side of the scale. As a reminder, the class was about exploring the continuum of doing art from abstract to realistic (or vice versa) – the idea being that every work exists somewhere on this spectrum.

This one is called “Not Angry” and it’s 18″ x 24″ on masonite, done in acrylics.

12 thoughts on “Leftover from class: Not Angry

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Well, I find working on total abstract things like this kind of hard, I experiment, I push the paint around, I do all kinds of things. This can lead to feelings that usually are frustration! So this poor painting, this is the third totally different look it had. I could have kept on going on and on forever, I realized. The darn painting was not going to make me angry about this, I decided. And that is where I stopped. And why it got its name. The painting is not angry! And, I am trying not to be angry!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I painted multi paintings on this poor board and this is where the process finally stopped. I could have gone on forever. It’s so much difficulty for me to guide or direct this kind of painting.

  1. agnesashe

    If somebody told me that you had witnessed a ship smashing into a harbour wall I would believe them. And, I would believe it, too, if they suggested that this was your creative response to seeing such a disaster. I feel the board is vibrating with dispersing energy.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I find abstract painting is unsettling. Maybe because there is no set beginning or end. You could go on and on. I find myself in a different pace or state of mind when I do this kind of work. It is not an unpleasant kind of unsettling, though, more like the painting challenges me to work with it and get there together somehow.

      1. agnesashe

        I think I know what you mean, although I think sometimes I am a little more than unsettled when embarking on a new piece that’s out of my usual comfort zone. Mind you every new day these days is somewhat tinged with extra anxiety even being double vaccinated. I think I am becoming a wimp.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          No, I think you are reacting to a prolonged period of fear and uncertainty in a sensible way. It takes time to recover, or maybe it is not recover, but adjust. That is what I am experiencing too.

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