Response to My Surroundings

A generally agreed upon definition of abstract art is the use a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

Along those lines, I am now doing a series of paintings that are a response to New Mexico. Right now, as in many parts of the world, the landscape is brown and dark, fall is almost over, and the sky is frequently grey. I am on my second painting and my process has been to look at nature and choose paint colors based on what I see. Then in a response to my surroundings, I just start putting paint on canvas using a variety of brushes and tools. I play with paint until I think the painting is “finished.”

Ann Hart Marquis-New Mexico, Late Fall-acrylic

New Mexico, Late Fall, acrylic on canvas, 18×24-inches, 2014. ©Ann Hart Marquis

I realize that my finished product is a result on what is going on unconsciously and consciously. I guess that you could say that I am painting both the inner and outer landscape. It is rather exciting to not know what I will end up with.

In my continuing foray into the abstract world, I find that I still like to see that comforting horizon line. It is difficult to lose it and still call a painting an abstract landscape.

I would appreciate any feedback.

7 thoughts on “Response to My Surroundings

  1. Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

    I am always more readily drawn to work that is created intuitively as opposed to being carefully planned out. This image is no exception. I’ll tell you why I am drawn to not only creating by this process, but also preferring other’s images done in this manner: it is more ‘authentic’, it contains real energy and emotion-conscious and unconscious.

    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Hello Paula. Thank you for your comments. I am loving just putting paint on canvas and seeing where it takes me. I am definitely aware of the unconscious experience and frequently surprised with my results.

  2. Gail Suttelle

    Annie, I love your new abstract like paintings. No matter the category they are fluid. unique colors laid on by a loving hand. I’m very happy for you.

  3. Karen Conley

    I love this painting Ann, it conveys to me a surreal feeling, and once again the colors you make/use, make me feel happy…
    Your fan, Karen


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