Monday, March 11, 2013

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Abstract Workshop

What Lies Beneath
watercolor
20x28"

This past weekend I taught a workshop on Painting the Abstract in Watercolor to 18 wonderfully talented artists. 
Although I have done a few abstracts, this was the first course that I have taught on pure abstraction.
I say pure abstraction because I believe that all art is an abstraction.
It is a simplification of an idea into shape, form, line, color, tone, etc.

Picasso once said,
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."

So starting in reality, I had my students abstract a scene.
The scene that I chose to abstract is one of Yellowstone National Park.
It is a landscape of a more serene part of the park. One in which I have painted before.

Yellowstone Park
7x10"

Taking this scene, I decided to abstract it and simplify it into shapes and add a different color palette.
Yellowstone is a caldera with remnants of this fact scattered throughout the area.
Geysers, mud pots, and thermal pools testify to the history of this place. 
This calm, beautiful marsh land is not as calm as it appears.
Hence, the name: What Lies Beneath.

8 comments:

Lorraine Brown said...

I like your abstract and the colour choices that depict the terrain you described

AK said...

Leslie this is a lovely and refreshing rendition of the original. Gives one so many options. Fabulous.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Lorraine. The colors were wonderful to work with.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Asit. It was a nice departure into the imagination.

Gillian Olson said...

Brilliant painting Leslie!

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Gill:)

Meera Rao said...

I like very much how you abstracted the scene!

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Meera, thank you! It was such fun playing with shapes and colors that I think I may have to do some more abstracts.

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