Daily Painting, “Rising Above,” bright, abstract, non-representational artwork

abstract non-representational painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Rising Above,” 10″ x 10″, acrylic

“Rising Above”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I know that non representational abstract painting makes some people uncomfortable as they feel that they don’t understand it.  Perhaps the reason that I enjoy non objective art work is that I don’t try to understand it, but listen to my feelings about it.  How does it make me feel?  Do I like the colors, the textures, the shapes or the composition?  When I look at a painting, I know whether I like it or not immediately.  I can study the whys or I can just enjoy the work.

When I switched to acrylic from watercolor I decided to work completely with non objective subject matter.  If I was going to learn a new medium, I didn’t want to compare the paintings that I had been making to the new ones.

Believe me, it was very difficult to paint completely abstractly.   The compositional qualities that make a good abstract are the same for a painting with an identifiable subject matter.  I still wanted to create work that uplifted me and made me happy.  I still wanted to have others look at my work and feel the same way.

Every once in a while I yield to the urge to paint without an identifiable subject matter, but I still hope that it creates a positive response in the viewer.

Below is one of my early pieces of completely abstract work that I still enjoy and have hanging in my studio.

abstract painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “In No Time,” 24″ x 18″, acrylic

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One response to “Daily Painting, “Rising Above,” bright, abstract, non-representational artwork

  1. It’s your color choices and your flowing line work. It’s you-can’t get away from that (why would you?)-and it is enjoyable! I really like that second piece a lot; it is soothing and structured at the same time. I like the first piece a lot also because it is so structured, to my eye. It looks like an overpass grouping which is a gathering of shapes/forms/lines that I always find so pleasing. Thanks as always for sharing your insights into what you think about your work. It always helps me.

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