Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Art Every Day Month - November 3

Spooky Dead Plants
November Fireweed - Detail of 11" x 15" Watercolour on paper -
Study in silhouetted form

Source Photo

There are walking trails and bike trails running throughout our town. Part of my AEDM process this month is to go out for a morning walk along one or other of these nature trails, with a camera, and take photos that focus on some design element that I can use in my daily painting. My intention is to elaborate on that design element or concept and make an "abstract" painting for my daily posts. After a month's practice at abstracting, I hope that my realistic painting style will have loosened up somewhat. 

Well, that may be easier said than done...yes, my daily walking is a good habit, my daily picture-taking enhances my ability to use the camera, and my daily observation of design elements sharpens my perceptions. So far so good. Painting in an abstract style, however, is tricky. I am so used to using recognizable images in my artwork that they creep in unbidden right under my eyes.

So today's image... is it realistic or abstract? You be the judge.


bethania said...

Lovely drawing. For me it is not abstract, but it is very well done. Congrats. Why do you want to change your style?

Maron said...

I love things like this! Beautiful in it's simplicity...

Jen said...


Tracey FK said...

I think it is lovely... you have captured the photo image so wonderfully in paint... you have retained the atmosphere ... lovely ...xx

Mavis said...

Thanks for your responses, folks.
I appreciate your feedback on the painting, that's one reason that these group challenges are so useful.
Bethania, I am more looking at ways to loosen up my realistic style than change it altogether. I am hoping that by abstracting the strongest visual elements in a picture, I hope to rely less on the Image and get more of the Feeling of what I am painting. Maron and Tracy, your remarks on atmosphere and simplicity is what I am aiming at! And thank you Jen for your encouragement.

Barbara Martin (@Reptitude) said...

The raven is missing. :) I love this one -- compelling.

Mavis said...

Of course! The Raven! :)