Monday, September 11, 2017

The Good, The Random, The Fun - No. 5

Last week I began an abstract photography class with Kim Manley Ort. I've taken most of the classes she offers and have actually taken this class before. Abstracts have begun to fascinate me. This class will help me look for pleasing forms, shapes, colors, and textures instead of looking at the object. It's another step in training my eyes to see beyond the obvious.  

The Good
Light and nature really make some great abstract images.

The Random
The textures, colors, and shadows of a rock can create abstract art.

The Fun
Squint your eyes a little and look closely at the next photo. What do you see? I see the North American Continent. You're not going to believe what this really is . . . it's the inside of a squashed aluminum can!

When I visit an art center, abstracts are not something that usually attract my attention. In fact, I'm one of those that just stands there and says, "I don't get it!" But, I'm learning to "get it" a little more. Abstract art is meant to make you feel something, not see something. The first image made me feel order, warmth, and happiness. The second; gracefulness, gentleness, and quietness. The third; strength and the fourth, well it just made me smile!

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  1. ...Cathy, these are the details of life that I enjoy. Common things view up close can be so much fun.

  2. So lovely to see your abstracts here, Cathy. They certainly teach us a new way of looking at things! I like all of your examples. The last one is fascinating and I love the shape, texture and colour. I do have a soft spot for abstracts in nature too!

  3. Very cool! I especially like the first two. Thanks for sharing Cathy

  4. Abstract art has never made sense or appealed to me, but what you said here: "Abstract art is meant to make you feel something, not see something." That may be the best explanation of it that I've ever heard, and that does make sense. I love your images, especially the first one.

  5. I enjoyed seeing your images. I have trouble 'thinking outside the box' so thanks for bringing these abstract ideas!

  6. Yes! I see North America in that can, too--how neat! Lovely abstract photos, Cathy--I'm sure you are really enjoying the class.

  7. Fun abstract finds. My favorite was the rock.

  8. Your abstract photos are amazing. I come and go with that art form, but it does stretch you it good ways.

  9. these are really great cathy...setting my imagination in motion!! i love them all but i think #1 is my favorite because i still can't figure it out!! i hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!


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