Is “loose” Overrated?

Aerial Gyrations, 1953, Charles Sheeler I was just at SFMOMA this weekend and saw this beautiful painting by Charles Sheeler. I was struck initially by the composition of shapes. Though it is representational, it is not realistic. There is no light source, or shadows. There is not a consistent perspective. It seems to be several … Continue reading Is “loose” Overrated?

What I learned from Rex Ray

When I began to do abstract art, I began with collage. I painted up my favorite colors on paper, cut them into assorted rectangles and began to create arrangements. I loved color, and had some idea of color harmonies, but this effort fell pretty flat for me.  Nothing clicked and again I had that feeling … Continue reading What I learned from Rex Ray

Taming the Chaos: Working with Pattern in Abstract Collage

Collage is a funny medium. It is often a battle to get Clarity in your design when there are so many yummy elements you want to include. Pattern-based elements are one of the the areas of challenge. Patterns are busy and they can certainly liven up a composition. But often they do the opposite. They … Continue reading Taming the Chaos: Working with Pattern in Abstract Collage