Art Process

From what I pick up as I hear some people talk about art, it is that abstract art is easy and anybody can do it; basically it doesn’t take any real skill. I obviously disagree as I am an abstract artist. I think some drawing skill is needed, either a taught skill or natural talent. There is a need to be able to balance what you are putting on the surface you are working on, the same skill as in composing a figurative piece.

It is very difficult to put down on to a substrate something that exists inside of you. Responding to the urge to paint, and then trying to paint something that is invisible is incredibly difficult and takes courage. The example below shows how sometimes you can’t quite capture that thing!

As you can see this shows me painting over an existing piece of work. I have painted over areas that I wasn’t satisfied with then started afresh with the part I liked.

After a long time contempating this new start, it still didn’t work for me. so I painted over the blue and the red to basically leave the centre shape which I liked.

I then started slowly mapping out more ideas.

It has taken me a good few weeks contemplating this piece and finally in this past week I have managed to achieve something that I’m satisfied with.

Untitled – Red Spiral

My latest painting finished at last. I absolutely love the colour combination I’ve used!
This piece has had several incarnations before achieving something I was pleased with.

Untitled – Red Spiral – Acrylic, collage, graphite and pastel on canvas

Enjoy Building up Layers

If you do paint, enjoy building up layers. I have been learning this for a while. Things don’t always work straight away with art, paint over stuff you don’t like and highlight things you do like, use materials you are not used to and be prepared to gamble. Carry on building up until you have achieved all you can.

Untitled – Yellow & brown – Acrylic, collage and graphite

Studio Warming

As you may know I had a studio warming on Saturday to celebrate improvements to my studio. I didn’t take any photo’s as I was too busy enjoying it and talking to the many people who came. I did however get as many people as wanted to, to contribute to a piece of art to commemorate the occasion, big people and little people, and this was the result.

I had to do a bit of cutting and sticking to get it to fit in a frame that I had

and here it is finished and hanging on my studio wall. 🙂

Painted on recycled paper.

New Work

I’m very happy with how this piece is going.

I had the base of something I’d done before and carried on with from this morning. It’s changing shape very rapidly, but I’ll keep working until I’m happy.

This is what it looked like before I started work this morning, I’m much happier with the piece now.

This just goes to show that you don’t have to have any preconceived ideas of how a piece of work has to turn out!

Summer Exhibition 2019

I really enjoyed curating my work for my summer exhibition at my studio and seeing it hung on the wall. Thanks to those who came and supported me it was great to see you 🙂 Below are some photos I took of my work over the weekend.

New Monoprint

I’m really excited to show you one of my latest prints. Print is definitely my first love and I am loving this new technique I’ve found! 🙂

As Yet Untitled – Print and Collage by Debbie Osborn