Abstraction (Classes)


This week we took the idea of abstraction but tried to get people to use a source of inspiration. Some used images whilst others used a still life set up.

John P used an image by Lowry and put primary colours on the background as a way to experiment with producing colourful and abstracted images.


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He also tried to be less figurative using geometric shapes as a departure point.



As homework John did a fairly large landscape from his imagination and worked it up in class. He took out lots of detail and then added some trees. the result is below.



I guess this veered in and out of being abstract and finished up quite literal.


Margaret had looked at honesty seed pods the week previous and decided to work in tones of one colour.



Margaret did a similar thing with the image below. It reminded me of Georgia O’Keefe’s work.






Barbara abstracted information from a daffodil. she used patterned paper as tone on the petals.


Margaret E used a very delicate charcoal technique using a photo as inspiration.



John C did a watercolour painting inspired by the still life.





John did his own abstract at home which was originally a landscape and it evolved into this painting.

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This is an acrylic painting on canvas and finished off with his own framing. Very impressive.


Ruth abstracted some shapes from the still life set up and produced this series of work.


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Julia produced some diverse work, the second of which reminded me of Ivon Hitchens landscape.




Rod looked at the dried alium head and came up with this energetic piece using watercolour and ink.


Val drew from a plastic horse skeleton and came up with some cropped sections.


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Barbara saw some shapes in a piece of texture work she had done using cling film and did a few studies on this.




There was some very accomplished work from this topic and I hope this has opened a door to the world of abstraction.

I asked people to look at an abstract artist and Jon C looked at Hughie O’Donohue. We looked at an image of his work in class and discussed what we felt about it. It was not this image but I wanted to put an example of his work in.







Leave a comment

  • Rod Fletcher

    April 28, 2015 , 6:19 pm

    This guy is amazing: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=stephen+wiltshire&term_meta[]=stephen|autocomplete|0&term_meta[]=wiltshire|autocomplete|0 The complete antithesis of abstract, but awesome.
  • Neil Gledhill

    May 20, 2015 , 9:36 pm

    Love the article Phil. And are these your student's works? Fantastic either way pal, Neil