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'Abstract' means Non Objective form = which means form which can not relate to a specific object.

'Semi Abstract' means some areas of recognised form and some areas of random non recognisable form

 

HOW IT BEGAN

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it is now claimed that a Swedish female artist called Hilma af Klint painted this painting to the left 'The Ten Biggest No.2' in 1907 and this is the FIRST abstract painting.

Before this recent thinking, it was always Kandinsky was the first abstract artist.

For me this painting is not purely abstract. The geometric form is recognisable as circles and the interior line as floral. It is very 'graphic' in having a same colour (all over) background and shapes and form lying on top.

Yes, it is 'different painting' for the year (1907) (more imaginative) but not the sensational abstraction we later came to enjoy.

However, the 'powers that be' state this painting by Hilma af Klint is the first abstract painting.

1907

WHY IT BEGUN

Art has to move 'Forward' and artists are always looking for NEW ways to make visual images.

The world had changed in science and philosophy and artists were looking for a way to FEEL art

HOW WAS IT RECEIVED?

Because Abstraction was flaunted as 'INTELLECTUAL' and an abstract painting needed to be 'EXPLAINED' - it indicated the artist was a THINKER. Abstraction does give the viewer a chance to explore his or her own interpretations and feelings.

Abstraction makes you AWARE

WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE?

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'Improvisation' by Wassily Kandinsky (1912)

1. In my Opinion NOT just THROWING PAINT AROUND!!

2. And see what happens

3. I do believe an Abstract painting has to have an Intellectual Concept

4. I do believe you have to start with an IDEA and try and turn that into mark making, tone and colour.

5. In my opinion an Abstract Painting takes a LOT OF PLANNING

6. You start with a CONCEPT = like Too Much Chocolate Makes Me Sick' and then find a way to express the EMOTION of the words

THE PROCESS

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'Too Much Choclate Makes Me Sick' by Caroline Hulse

1. By being aware of WHO YOU ARE, how you FEEL & how you REACT = gives you an IDEA to make a painting

2. You need to GET IN TOUCH with yourself to make meaningful paintings

3. By Taking the Concept 'Too Much Chocolate Makes Me Sick' I can start thinking about COLOUR, the immediacy of action of being SICK = so I already have the speed in which I am going to work and I have colour.

4. The SHAPES/FORM are also in my mind because the words of the concept are giving me the form.

TECHNIQUE

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'Butterflies in My Tummy' by Caroline Hulse

1. There is MASSES to learn in Painting

2. Paint Technique

3. Understanding Colour

4. Understand Composition

5. The Colour Journey

6. The line Journey

7. The Balance

8. The movement or Non Movement in mark Making

9. Empty and Full Space

LAYERING

1. I think a good painting is many layers of paint

2. So there is something fascinating to look at in technique

3. You want the viewer to admire the SKILL

4. The Mark Making is SO difficult to explain.

5. There is no LOGIC

6. Just INSTINCT

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'BookCase' by Caroline Hulse

TELLING A STORY

1. The easiest way to get INTENT or MEANING into an abstract or Semi Abstract painting is to TELL A STORY

2. Conversations give me Ideas

3. A Semi Abstract painting is still about FEELING

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'Lost Hampsters' by Caroline Hulse

GREAT PAINTWORK & BRUSH MARKS

'Love Letter in the Sky' by Caroline Hulse

Pure pigment on canvas, use of brushes, mediums, drips, mixed media can all contribute to an ORIGINAL abstract painting.


The marks you make contribute to the atmosphere of the painting. A 'Movement' mark will do just that 'move' the direction of the colour. THINK very hard about what direction you want any paint mark to make. There are two sort of paint marks = directional/movement or form (no direction in form paint = just a great layer of paint).

A good painting should (especially abstract) 'GROW' and consist of many layers of paint worked and reworked = without going 'muddy'

EMOTIONAL RESPONSE

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'Lovely Day' by Caroline Hulse

A Great painting should make you FEEL SOMETHING when you look at it.

You want the viewer to stop and examine and feel and REACT

Even to say 'I HATE it!'

As long as a viewer reacts = you've won!

If the viewer walks past and ignores your painting = you've lost!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Caroline in the studio with aprons wrapped around her arms (because she was cold!!) All Professional Artists are slightly 'mad'!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Caroline Hulse FRSA is listed in the Public Catalogue, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She has paintings and prints in major public spaces, hotels, restaurants and offices. As well as private homes.

She paints every day in one of her three studios. The 'Magic Easel' Art Studio Gallery (www.magic-easel.com) is open for viewings Tel: 0118 9483155 for an appointment

Caroline and her daughter (Cat Croxford) own JoeDaisy Studio in Mapledurham, Berkshire. 0118 9483155

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