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Deconstructed Abstracts

IMG_5746After a short break from painting this summer, I needed a simple, fun goal to get me back into the swing of things this fall.  I felt the need to put paint to paper, but did not have the energy or inspiration to think of a subject, to make those important foundational drawings, and create a successful composition. 

So I gathered a big supply of watercolor paper, loaded my palette with pure hues, and began playing.  I reached for the colors that attracted me and I made marks with my favorite brushes. It was pure play. 

Once finished with the “painting” I had the desire to cut it into smaller pieces and rearrange those pieces to make a more interesting composition.  Once I was pleased with the new arrangement, I glued the pieces down on another piece of watercolor paper. The following photos show the “before” and “after” results of this process.

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This is a fun and liberating mode of creating, and I plan to show these deconstructed abstracts in my upcoming solo show in February 2017 at Village Gallery of Arts, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 14, Portland, OR 97229.

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