I'm really into abstract pieces lately....both looking at them (usually on Pinterest) and making them. They are just so fascinating. I always wonder how does the artist come up with that?
I admire the artists that can just pull it all out of their head and heart. They must have incredible visual memory. I can't do that. I usually work from photos, sometimes from life, rarely from memory or a sketch.
This year almost all my work has been based on my own photos. That's fun because I really like photography too. Though sometimes, I feel really limited working that way.
As I was thinking about diptychs the other day, I picked up an old National Geographic magazine. Last year a neighbor gave us about a dozen bags of these old National Geographics. They are amazing but I never really knew what to do with them.
I pretty quickly realized that it's probably ok for me to work from someone else's photo. I always avoided it before because I wanted to make sure I was creating something original and all my own. I'm taking color and shape and few composition cues from the photo but I'm certainly creating my own work, only loosely based or maybe just inspired by the photo.
Anyway I thought it'd be fun to share the painting with the photo so you can see how I went about abstracting it. I'd love to see how other artists come up with their abstractions. If you've got a photo or a post that shows some of your process, leave me a link in the comments.