Where do you start

Point Pleasant Park, originally uploaded by leyaevelyn.

Last week in my class, a student asked me what is abstract art. He wanted me to talk about it because he had never done it. This was his first experience in an abstract painting class. He was, by profession, a microbiologist. Thinking it is such a broad subject, I told him to ask me some questions.

Then, coming home, immersed in my life of abstractions, I thought it is, basically, about composition. Within that, there is balance and tension, focus, image, ground: all the elements that, put together, make up a composition. When the composition adds up, the painting does its job, tells its story, connects with the viewer–all of that.

About leyaevelyn

About thirty years ago, I moved from New York City to rural Nova Scotia. For an artist, it is a good place to live. Spacious and quiet. Despite the beautiful scenery and frequently grey skies, my abstract paintings focus on color, its expressive qualities and how it creates form and space.
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