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Abstraction Based on Shapes


Abstraction Based on Shapes
73 cm (w) x 51 cm (h), pastels and charcoal on paper.
Date produced: 2006

This was produced entirely on-site. I am keen to use more abstraction in my pieces - that is, intelligently and/or emotionally using bold relationships of abstract elements to express some aspects of the subject more efficiently.

This piece is an example of an image based on ‘simplified and flattened’ shapes. The colours used have come mainly from the understanding gained from my accurately observed colour studies, and from working on this piece directly from the tree. I enjoyed consciously ‘reaching within my intelligence and feelings’ for the solutions I finally settled on.

After reaching a reasonable stage of development, the piece felt as if it needed the inclusion of indications from other senses, such as sound, and smell. After experimenting with modifying colours, and still feeling the need for more, I decided to include a couple of stylised birds. These were developed a little more, and led to including representatives from much of the animal life that I observed at the tree over the course of the project: Rainbow Lorikeets, warbling Magpies, rats, many types of insects within the leaf litter, and the amazing little jumping spiders. These were all developed carefully so that they felt ‘right’ with the rest of the image.

Overall, it was a fun piece to produce, and I am very pleased to have produced it.

 

 

 

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Abstraction Based on Shapes - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

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Abstraction Based on Shapes - Detail 2

 

 

 

 

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Abstraction Based on Shapes - Detail 3

 

 

 

 

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Abstraction Based on Shapes - Detail 5

 

 


 

Another related artwork:

 

Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition


Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition
35 cm (w) x 53 cm (h), pastels and charcoal on acid-free paper.
Date produced: 2006

The original idea behind the piece was to create a composition that gave a sense of the Moreton Bay Fig tree’s fruit in terms of it’s appearance, its smell, and its perceived taste. Moreton Bay Fig trees in my mind always conjure up a sense of being from an exotic jungle in the tropics. The smell of fermenting fruit on the ground below the tree is a warm, tangy, evocative smell that seems to define a unique environment under the tree.

This composition uses a study of a fallen fruit, a stylised representation of a fig fruit, an internal view of the fruit, and a fallen leaf as ‘shape elements’. The colours, shapes, and overall tone have been used as the main means of expression.

As with many of the pieces based on expressing concepts within this project, the final image is the result of working through several versions of the idea. Some of these are shown below. An important part of the process for producing such pieces, is to view the pieces over time and reflect on what they are really expressing. One needs to ask questions of them, to ‘feel’ them, think about improvements, and try those improvements.

 

 

 

Detail 1:

Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

Detail 2:

Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition - Detail 2

 

 

 

 

Detail 3:

Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition - Detail 3

 

 

 

 

Original Composition:

Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition - Original Composition
35 cm x 53 cm, pastels on acid-free paper.

 

 

 

 

2nd Version:

Moreton Bay Fig Fruit Composition - 2nd Version

 

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