Archive of ‘Abstract Art’ category

Flourishes. Kayleigh Fichten.

We each have a unique way of interacting with the world around us.  Whether through the way we approach each day, our manner of address or dress, or how we set a table, we all have our own brand of ourselves.  We paint with broad strokes or fine detail.  We are our flourishes.

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These quirks might seem insignificant, but every one of these tiny traits make us unique.  So, too are the brushstrokes of each artist.  These broad, sweeping strokes by Minneapolis artist Kayleigh Fichten draw me in with their rhythmic repetitions and their candied colors.  According to her artist statement, she’s telling us, in her own strokes, of her own examining “of physical utopias and imagined place”.  We can each visit the same place, in the same moment, but we will all reinterpret that place and point in time in our own language.

To see more of Kayleigh Fichten‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Buy Some Damn Art.

Exchanges. Heather Day.

In just 48 hours, Mr. F and I will exchange one temporal locale for another.  We’ll drive a few hours down the Coast to spend the next three months in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.  Each one of these moves involves a lot of conversations and communications, between ourselves and with strangers, both those who remain so and those who become friends.  In her abstract paintings, San Francisco artist Heather Day captures the interactions happening between mediums on her canvas.

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Each day, we interact with the people around us in a myriad of ways– with a look, a smile, a kind word or even an um, not so kind gesture, we are communicating with each other even when say nothing.  Our exchanges can be like a dance, initiating, giving, taking, some gestures larger than others– just as Day’s marks upon her canvases.

To see more of Heather Day‘s work, please visit her website.  You can follow Heather’s work and studio practice on Instagram, as well!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Distance. Katte Geneta.

I have a bit of a tendency to get caught up in details.  I’m detail oriented, which can be a big plus in some ways, but it does tend to make me a bit of a can’t-see-the-forest-for-the-trees- type sometimes.  So it’s good for me to get some distance, both literally and figuratively.  These small paintings by New York artist Katte Geneta reveal impressions of places distant from sight, distant from memory.

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I first spotted Katte’s work in my Instagram feed, I think a fellow artist recommend her.  And these small, quiet paintings seemed a spot of calm among the cacophony of sunsets, cats, and selfies in a typical day’s feed.  As we look back upon a place, our memory often recalls the strongest impression– a line here, light there, this or that color.  But that impression is what stays with us and Katte’s interpretations of that sense of place are incredibly strong.  I can feel the cool air, the fog, the warmth of the setting sun.

To see more of Katte Geneta‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website or Instagram.

Veils. Rowena Martinich.

Although most of us aren’t required to wear them, many of us hide behind them.  I’m talking about veils.  They are often present even when we aren’t aware of them.  We use our veils to hide our authentic selves– maybe it is a certain personality or brand we project through social media, or a laugh that is just a bit too loud, or gossiping about others to avoid talking about ourselves.

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Our veil may be attractive, heck, it may even be the reason for our popularity, but what happens when the veil gets a tear?  Who we truly are can’t be hidden forever, even as we try to recreate a different version of ourselves.  Glimpses peek out again and again, until soon, the curtain we hide behind is obscuring, not what others of us but how we see the world.

Paintings by Australian artist Rowena Martinich.  To see more of the artist’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Softness. Mel Rea.

We live in a world in which everyone seems to be competing for attention.  So many are shouting look at me, look at me!  And it is often the shouters that get the attention, because well, our attention is more easily gained by a blow horn than by the soft whistle of a bird.  These paintings by Mel Rea seem to revel in hushed strength.

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Softly atmospheric with bright punches of color, Rea’s paintings remind me of those foggy early morning hours when the world is only just awakening.. The softness of the lifting darkness punctuated by the light of early risers, the occasional screech of brakes or blast of a horn jolting us from the stillness and into the rush of day.

To see more of Mel Rea‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website and Huff Harrington.  Artist found via Steller’s Gallery.

Conversations. Robin Feld.

If you’ve ever worked in or hung a gallery, you might be familiar with the way paintings “talk” to each other.  When hung in the same or adjacent space, works of art interact with one another, echoing or contradicting each other’s shapes, colors, and textures.  In her artist statement, Brooklyn artist Robin Feld describes her desire for “the marks on the canvas to talk to each other..

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Layers in paint parallel a conversation between people– there are quiet whispers followed by bursts of laughter, tension and release, hidden secrets and deep emotion.  As some relationships are more tumultuous and passionate, others are more refuges of peace and calm, so too, can paintings be.

To see more of Robin Feld‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Aglow. Kate Davis Caldwell.

Every morning lately, somewhere between 9:00 and 10:00am, my eyes are drawn away from the laptop screen and through the windows outside.  You see, at this time of day, the morning light becomes its most intense and everything outside seems lit from within!  I am powerless to resist.  The paintings in the Flux series by Los Angeles artist Kate Davis Caldwell  seem to capture that intensity of light, in which everything glows warmer.

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That concentration of light creates these beautiful pockets of brightness and deep, dark shadows.  But the best part is how much more intensely every color shines.  You might think that such forceful light may cause a washout of color, but instead the saturation is amped up to the extreme!  The wash of color and light provides warmth on a winter’s day, like the sanctuary of a stained glass cathedral.

To see more of Kate Davis Caldwell‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Remnants. Marie Thiebault.

One of my favorite things about winter is the bareness of the branches.  That may seem strange, I’m sure most people prefer trees full of lively green or technicolor orange.  But I love the transparency that the stripped limbs bring.  We can see much farther into the forest, the shapes of the individual branches become more apparent.  These paintings by Los Angeles artist Marie Thiebault reminded me of the tangles of spartan boughs outside my window.

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Although much of Thiebault’s work may be inspired by places of abandonment and destruction, I see a parallel between those and the winter season.  Not in a negative way, of course, winter is my favorite!  But in how those types of places often cause a hushed reverence, such as the quiet of a snowfall.  Shadows grow long and deep and the noise of life is muffled.

To see more of Marie Thiebault‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Messiness. Alyssa di Edwardo.

Confession time: I’m a bit of a neat freak.  I make the bed every day.  I always have a place for everything.  In college, I was the only one in the painting studio meticulously cleaning off her palette after each session ( which wouldn’t have been necessary had we been able to leave all of our stuff in the studio, but I digress ).  Being married has helped with my neatness obsession a bit, I admit to occasionally putting Mr. F’s stuff away but find myself able to cope with the imperfectness of living with someone not quite so obsessive.  Maybe because he treats my quirky neatnikness with humor and grace.

Is it strange that I admire folks who can live with, even relish in the messy?  I think it is what has drawn me to the work of West Palm Beach artist Alyssa di Edwardo.

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As I’ve been back painting regularly now for over a year, I’ve found myself confronting my fear of the mess.  Even in my work, I relish those moments where the canvas or panel is as beautiful as I’d imagined it could be.. but then there creeps in a need to push a bit further.  Beyond the beauty of a controlled surface is a need for a type of exploration and experimentation that will only happen when I allow things to get a little messy.  When I let go of what seems good enough but not exciting and my need to control the outcome.  I’m working at finding a balance between the not denying the necessary calm and embracing the mess that needs to surface.

To see more of Alyssa di Edwardo’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Wild. Allison Gildersleeve.

As a somewhat fledgling painter exploring the nature of environments myself, I’m always intrigued by how other artists interpret the scenes we experience.  In her paintings, New York artist Allison Gildersleeve paints the simultaneous experiences of small, hemmed-in parcels of wilderness.

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When I paint these woods, I want it to feel as if all the stories that took place there are unfolding simultaneously.

The artist takes reference from the same scene as experienced multiple times over the seasons, layering each impression over the next.  The resulting cacophony is like a beautiful mapping of the emotional weight of each place.  For every person who walked through, every child who played tag, there is a bit of themselves and their memory left behind long after they’ve trod that ground.

To see more of Allison Gildersleeve‘s work, please visit her website.  if you happen to be in New Hampshire, you can catch her solo show at Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in Walpole until January 20th.

All images are via the artist’s website and the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery website.  Artist found via Christina Foard.

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