What is abstract

P1040481, originally uploaded by leyaevelyn.

In my class last week, one of my students asked an interesting question: in an abstract painting, how important is it for there to be no recognizable images. My first thought was the expression “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. For me personally, I don’t want any specific references in my work. I find they make me uncomfortable, tie me down, don’t let the painting speak for itself.

In this students work, however, her best paintings imply images of things without being specific. Without drawing the object or drawing attention to a “thing”. Her imagery is very suggestive. For her, it works well. For me, it wouldn’t. It’s that personal.

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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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