I usually paint figuratively (that means that I paint pictures. Of things. Generally, they are things that I can see). But this is an attempt at an abstract painting. It started as paint left over on the palette from another painting; the colours didn’t suggest anything in particular, so l just tried arranging then in a manner that pleased me. The results are reminiscent of an underwater scene, I think.
Abstract art is a bit of a mystery. What is it? Does it have to be something? How do I make a “good” abstract painting?
I imagine that abstract art is a little like instrumental music. The recognisable objects in figurative art are a bit like the audible words in a song; they tell us what it means, what it is.
Much as I prefer figurative art over abstract, I also prefer music with words (especially words that I understand) over that without. But some instrumentals manage to inveigle their way into my literal mind; Apache, Swan Lake (which doesn’t have to be the version played by Madness!), Lily Was Here, countless TV themes…
And then there’s the semi-abstract music… because the colours in my painting remind me slightly of the album cover, here are the Cocteau Twins:
What do you think of my analogy? What instrumentals would you suggest to someone generally hooked on the words? And is the picture upside down?