Good morning everyone. Today I’d like to talk about mood and atmosphere in intuitive abstracts. And, just to make it clear, by intuitive this is what I mean. Simply that I sit down to paint a smallish abstract work in my art journal. And I don’t have any idea about the colours and shapes I’m going to use in the composition. In other words, I work instinctively. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean to say that I am not influenced by what’s happening around me.
Also, I notice more and more often that I unconsciously choose colours and sometimes styles that I may have admired in other artist’s work. In addition I seem to include the contrasts and textures I have noticed in the natural world. But, as I said before, none of this is by deliberate choice.
Bright Mood and Atmosphere
In this little piece, I think my mood must have been upbeat. Because I went for cheerful yellow and glimpses of blue sky. Then trees and branches popped up so I went with the idea of a forest, one of my favourite motifs, actually. And, although I worked on this by rotating it round all four ways, the path was clearly obvious. So I guess my subconscious was showing me that there’s still a way to go. So, keep on keeping on!
Cheerful Optimism and Determination?
Incidentally, I wonder if this scene makes you feel the same as me? Because, of course, I have only discussed the intention and reaction of the artist. However, the reaction of the viewer is also very important. And, with a loose work like this, you can interpret it any way you like. I am sometimes quite fascinated when I talk to friends who visit my exhibitions. Naturally, at the moment this is not possible in the real world. Thank goodness I can show you my work virtually like this! And, we have all got to walk down that path a little bit further yet. Stay well.
If you want to see more of my little intuitive abstracts in mixed media, see this post here.
4 Replies to “Mood and Atmosphere in Abstracts”
Playful and jaunty is what I see, Margaret! I really admire your dive into the intuitive. I try to, at times, but it’s a struggle for me beyond a certain point. In the 80s I wasn’t like that, but where I lived that style was frowned on. Different now, and it’s on me to bring myself back to my own style of self – so thank you for showing, describing this – it’s important! 😊
Thank you, Felipe. I’m glad that you enjoy reading about the process- it certainly helps me to write it down. Things are probably freer now than in earlier times and almost any kind of art is acceptable. It’s quite nice to experiment!
Thanks for sharing your thought. Abstract painting is something that I can’t do. Therefore I am always interested to know the thought of the painter and how they proceed.
You’re very welcome. I’m quite new to it myself and still very much finding my way.