Newsletter Issue #1

 In This Issue:

What is Abstract Art?

That’s a question I hear a lot, and the answer can be as simple as; any artistic expression devoid of literal reference, or as nuanced as; all art is abstract, even the most realistic capturing of an image, that simply by isolating a moment in time the artist has “abstracted” it from it’s context, at least it’s entire context.

Speaking of context it may help if we provide a little historical reference for the beginnings of the monement.

In the early part of the 20th Century is where we discover the origins of Abstract Art. Kandinksy is credited with some of the earliest abstract paintings, but Hilma af Klint was most likely the very first artist to paint purely abstract art, using  combinations of spirals and other geometric shapes along with  symbols and letters.

Hilma af Klint – The Ten Biggest, No 7 1907 Oil and tempera on paper 328 x 240 cm

Wikipedia defines Abstract Art as “a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art” and goes on to say “This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be exceedingly elusive. Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything.” [link]

I agree with the above in that  the departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete, and therefore include such sub-genres as Abstract Landscapes in the courses that I teach. I think a somewhat loose definition allows us to get on to the fun part, creating more art. And after all that’s what it’s really all about. Creating Visual Images and having loads of Fun doing it!

I do recognize and appreciate that other artists will not agree with me, and instead embrace a very strict idea of what is abstract art. And I’d love to hear your own thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

And here’s a short video I think you might enjoy, explaining how abstract art arose and what it is about. “The Case for Abstraction”

 

Featured Artist

This week’s featured artist is Dolf Derovira with a wonderful painting done in the style found in “Abstract Painting – Stained Glass Method”. You can view some more of Dolf’s Art Work on his web page DODADART.DEVIANTART.COM

 

Dolf Derovira in the Stained Glass Painting Style

News From You!

Huge News! Topher Essex now has his own Youtube Channel that’s something to celebrate. I know how hard it can be to get those videos uploaded and working right. You can see how a fellow artist creates his work, So Go Check it Out! Topher Essex Youtube Channel

*this is where you can tell us all about your latest successes, maybe you just launched a website, or you got a commission, or made it into a show, won a ribbon or award – you get the idea. It’s a chance to let all of us celebrate YOU! So drop me a line and let me know what’s happening in your world and I’ll include it in the next Issue of Our Newsletter.

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What are your thoughts?

22 Comments

  • Great inaugural newsletter, Andy! Congratulations to you for finding the perfect balance of visual candy and interesting, yes even educational, story content. Looking forward to future issues.

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 21, 2017

      Thank you Renate. I’m hoping it will evolve into an even more engaging newsletter that really benefits students of abstract painting.

      • Jane Sparacio

        Reply Reply June 21, 2017

        First thing I did was create a folder and called it “News From Andy.” This way I can read it at my leisure, and file it for future reference. Thanks for all the time you spend trying to help us look better, I greatly appreciate it.

        Jane Sparacio

        • andymo7_wp

          Reply Reply June 21, 2017

          My pleasure Jane, and that’s a good idea about creating folders. I actually need to do that in my email.

  • Ellen Shorey

    Reply Reply June 21, 2017

    The best enjoyed the newsletter and forward to more

    Love the educational , and always in a matter straight forward you make art fun

    Thank you

    Ellen

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 21, 2017

      Thank you Ellen, I appreciate that.

  • Flo

    Reply Reply June 21, 2017

    Like the newsletter! And what a great idea for marketing. Myself, I bought one class and have not gotten far on it. I am approaching retirement. I need to find something that will help pay the bills first, but am also interested in doing something fun that might bring in enough to motivate me. It is hard without seeing examples sometimes to know where the class will lead you. Now I am seeing on Pinterest various poured wall art and now your class in that has my interest. I also see a lot of other techniques the phrases of which escape me now. I will never be a “painter” but abstract I might be able to pull off. 🙂

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 21, 2017

      Great to have you aboard Flo. Can’t wait to see what you create.

  • Clare

    Reply Reply June 21, 2017

    Hi Andy
    Just wanted to tell you I have finished two works which are going to be exhibited in three concurrent exhibitions in malta. I’m so pleased. I’d love to send photographs for inclusion in the next newsletter

    Blessings

    Clare

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 21, 2017

      Congratulations Clare! That’s exciting news, yes please send me an email with the details and images, and I’ll make sure it’s in the next issue. Send them to andy@andymorrisart.com

  • Theresa Rule

    Reply Reply June 21, 2017

    Hi Andy,

    Well done getting this up and running amongst everything else you do. The quality and content is great, I too have started a separate folder for your newsletters so I can read them at my leisure, make notes and continue to be motivated by what everyone is up too.

    I’ve had a bit of success lately within my little art practice. I secured a commission from which I’ve just done a quote for another one and I’m also been offered the opportunity to host a small solo exhibition ‘Amongst the Flowers’ in July. I’d love to share these with others if that’s ok. I’ll include photos and all details in a separate email.

    Thanks again for all you to for this group its an empowering community.

    Theresa Rule
    TR ART79
    @theresaruleart79

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 22, 2017

      That’s wonderful Theresa, you’re doing great! And yes please do send me the details and photos so we can put it in the next issue. 🙂

  • Elaine Flournoy

    Reply Reply June 22, 2017

    The newsletter is just another facet of your great mentoring and teaching! Thanks for providing a supportive and comprehensive structure to learn abstract painting.

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 22, 2017

      🙂 my pleasure

  • Roz Willoughby

    Reply Reply June 22, 2017

    Hi Andy
    I enjoyed reading the newsletter and the video was really interesting. I have a You Tube channel although not much abstract stuff there. I have started experimenting with the acrylic pour techniques and I am really enjoying the unpredictability of it
    All the best
    Roz

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 22, 2017

      Thanks Roz, and if you can please send me a link to your Youtube Channel, I’ll include it in the next issue.

  • Peter Marinelli

    Reply Reply June 22, 2017

    Andy, what a great idea for communicating!! I love the discussion and history: the meanings and the visuals! My only news right now is I have started posting my work for sale; a big step for me. I’m looking forward to the next newsletter!!

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 22, 2017

      That’s great Peter, best of luck to you.

  • Cynthia

    Reply Reply June 22, 2017

    Hi Andy,
    Congratulations on the newsletter! I really have enjoyed it.

    In my way of looking at things all painting is abstract, as it is bits of paint or other making methods and not a thing itself, even if it is is meant to look like something else.

    Humans love to label and categorize things – how would we talk about them if we didn’t? So in general, in the art world, the label ‘abstract art’ has taken on a special meaning, which your video selection describes.

    I also really enjoy your classes. Having some processes to explore in a guided way gets past the intimidation of a blank canvas and material choices. Creativity is healthy, and some help getting through the parts that could be frustrating without some guidance and group support is a real bonus. Everyone’s work is so unique, even though they have the same instructions.

    For anyone out there deciding whether or not to take the leap – go for it.

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 22, 2017

      Thank you for the thoughtful reply, and I agree with what you said. So glad you are enjoying the classes and the group, it really is a wonderful bunch of diverse talent, so inspiring to see everyone’s individual art work.

  • Sandra

    Reply Reply June 23, 2017

    Hi Andy,
    congrats!
    The newsletter is enjoyable informative and easy to read. Can’t wait for the next letter. Thank you so much! You’re an inspiration!

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply June 27, 2017

      Thank you Sandra

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