Blogmas Day 12: Abstract Gouaches

I worked all day trying to finish an art series of abstract gouaches.

From getting up at 8:30AM to now 7PM, I painted gouache, let it dry, painted gouache, let it dry, inked lines, painted gouache, snack break, painted gouache, inked shapes, etc.

Last time I sat down with my mother while painting, I expressed how I don’t fully understand abstract art. I mean, I can feel a Rothko, but I scratch my head at a Kadinsky. And there are many current artists that create abstract works. So it is still a valued and expansive style that many are praised for.

And so I asked my mother to create a blob. Then, I worked off of it.

I believe a lot of abstract works are derived from feelings, exterior forces, or the materials themselves. So I let out some frustration, some controlled chaos (too type A for pure chaos), and some color creation.

I had one revelation during the process: I created a shape with dots next to a different colored shape that made me think of a song. Strawberry Blond by Mitski. The thought was there and I could recall it when looking at that section, so I turned the song on repeat and continued to create. I then created more parts that echoed the lyrics.

Now I have six abstract pieces inspired by my mother’s blob and Mitski.

I am not sure if this is what abstract art is, or if this is what understand as an abstract piece in this moment.

And honestly, I don’t know if they are of good quality. I don’t fully understand how to judge my own work when it comes to abstraction. So if per chance you are reading this, look out for these pieces in the upcoming days on my Instagram. Give me advice. Share your opinion.

For art, even in failure, it is good to share the experience and gain knowledge from others on what works and what doesn’t.

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