Abstract, Representational Abstract

Coming soon: Abstract and "Representational Abstract" paintings !

"Abstract art" is a style of art that emphasizes the use of color, shape, line, and form to create compositions that are not intended to represent recognizable objects or scenes from the physical world. Rather than depicting reality, abstract art is meant to evoke emotions, convey ideas, or explore the artist's creative expression in a non-representational way.

"Representational abstract painting" is a form of abstract art that incorporates recognizable elements from the real world into an abstract composition. While traditional representational art typically aims to create a realistic portrayal of the subject matter, representational abstract art seeks to capture the essence or spirit of the subject matter through the use of abstract forms, shapes, and colors.

In representational abstract painting, the artist may use recognizable shapes or symbols to suggest the subject matter, while at the same time manipulating these elements to create a non-literal interpretation. The resulting composition may not look like a realistic representation of the subject matter, but rather an abstract interpretation of it.

For example, an artist might create an abstract painting that incorporates recognizable elements of a landscape, such as trees or mountains, but instead of depicting them in a realistic manner, the artist might use bold colors, geometric shapes, and other abstract elements to create a stylized interpretation of the landscape.

"Representational Abstract" painting allows artists to experiment with form, color, and composition, while still maintaining a connection to the real world. It is a popular style of painting among many contemporary artists who seek to push the boundaries of traditional representational art.

Many artists use "cold wax" medium made with bees wax. (Don't worry no bees are harmed and beekeepers only take the amount of wax from the hive that allows the hive to survive and thrive unharmed). Cold wax medium is a unique medium used by artists in their works. It is a mixture of natural beeswax and a solvent such as odorless mineral spirits or turpentine, which creates a soft paste that can be applied to a variety of surfaces. The cold wax medium has a thick, buttery consistency that can be manipulated with tools such as brushes, palette knives, or even fingers. It can also be mixed with oil paints, pigments, or powdered metals to create unique textures and effects.

One of the most attractive features of the cold wax medium is its ability to create a matte finish with a subtle sheen. When applied, the wax dries quickly, allowing artists to build layers of texture and depth to their work. The resulting surface has a tactile quality that is pleasing to the touch, inviting the viewer to experience the art in a more interactive way. The use of the wax also enhances the colors used in the painting, giving them a luminosity and richness that is difficult to achieve with other mediums.


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