This week’s task was to abstract an image and use bold colours. Abstract is a real struggle for me. I get caught in the details and have trouble just playing up base structures.
To create this piece, I started off printing a picture and making Sharpe lines on it while also brainstorming associated images. From those doodled lines and images, I cut out shapes which I then played with to get a layout. My first layouts were very detailed heavy. I tried scaling it back until I came up with a layout I liked.
I like working from underlying colours. They can create more depth in the final piece (though, with me, they often end up entirely covered over:). Originally I thought I might leave the under colour as the tree colour but it was too jumbled for me. I blocked in the main areas of the landscape with colour next. For some reason I was really drawn to a Teal arrow sign so I based a lot of my other chosen colours off that sign choice.
I tried to leave some of the colour in the trees and yet blend them to fit in with the mood of the rest of the piece. I put a clock on the moon to keep with the train/ train station theme I was attempting to portray. Lastly I took a risk and tried scraping white across the work. I still might go back and do more of that. What I did so far was with a pallet knife and resulted in fairly thin streaks. If I add more, I’ll try using an old credit card for broader effect.
I still have quite a ways to go in my abstract attempts but I’m happy with the jumps I did take this round.