New abstract painting by Antonio Basso.
Some of my abstract art collectors and readers (to whom I dedicate this article) tell me they enjoy when I write about a new abstract painting explaining the whole creative process. This post shows you the process of one of my latest abstract paintings that belongs to the series Space Occupancies (find more info about the origen of this abstract series in the following article)
It all started when I saw the above picture in Pinterest. Its composition (which I inmediatelly visually abstracted), shades and crossing straight lines, its depht and equilibrated light…. Many details took my attention!
For some days I fast draw sketches trying to sinthesize the photo into an abstract compostion based on rectangles, squares and triangles that would overlap each other forming new angles (generally straight ones) and not letting see what was behind (which forces the observer (you) to intuit it). As Heraclitus of Ephesus said two mileniums ago “What is essential is invisible to the eye”.
Once I chose the right canvas measure, I started the composition. It´s a process that may take some days. It involves: choosing the right fabrics, cutting and pasting them, sewing them to the burlap surface; and pasting with white glue to reinforce it all.
When finished, I watched the composition for some time (sometime it´s days). This observation helps me stablish a dialogue with the work that eases the choosing of colors, brushes, and materials (marble powder and pipeclay in this case) I will end up using and incorporating. Above you can see the painting with the first blue acrylics layers already applied.
Through out the painting process, I normally take pictures that I carefully watch. The photos allow me to put some distance from the painting, which helps me decide on the following actions I will take. When I saw the above photo I decided that the painting needed some blue tone unification, more insistence on some corners to highlight them, more stuff, further depht, and more developement of the overlaping effect so that there would be a constant contrast between volume and flatness…..
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