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Going With the Flow

Illinois Beach State Park in Abstraction

 

Recently I had the great good fortune to have work accepted in another gallery.  I’ve had my eye on this gallery for some time, for I love its charm.  Called the “Back Alley Gallery”, it is housed in a wonderful little building tucked in behind stores in Libertyville, a town near my home.  Libertyville is one of those towns you wish you lived in…concerts in the park amid the rose garden, several coffee shops and local eateries, etc.  People get out and walk around, here.  All year something is going on to draw people out.  And, art thrives here!

I’ve been working away, building up an inventory, and this year I decided it was time to get out there and get noticed.  Heart pounding, I went in to introduce myself.  I’m so glad I did.  I found the owners to be kind , warm, and welcoming.  I showed them my portfolio, and was surprised that the ones they all gravitated to were the abstract pieces I had put in there just for fun!  Who knew?  I have thought that people are growing tired of representational art and are hungering for the essence of things, not just the representation of them.  What do you think?  Have you noticed this as well?

At any rate, in honor my new gallery, I thought I’d better do  some more abstract paintings.  I hope you like it, and I would welcome any comments on how it might be improved.

12 thoughts on “Going With the Flow

  1. Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. I love the piece you’ve included here. No improvement needed at all, it’s lovely!

    1. Yay, thank you! I’m so glad you like it. The more I look at it the more I like it too :)

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  2. You should be so proud, so very proud. Your work is fluid and as beautiful as a field of flowers. Just beautiful. Congrats. 🙂

    1. You are very kind, Noeleen. Thank you. I am looking forward to reading more of your story on your blog.
      Best Wishes!
      Melissa

  3. Congratulations on getting into the gallery! I think you were wonderful and brave to go in and introduce yourself to them. I would have had a pounding heart too.

    I don’t know anything about art, so I’m not a good one to answer your question. I wouldn’t have known this painting was abstract if you hadn’t said so. But I know what I like, what appeals to me. I don’t think I’ve seen anything of yours that didn’t appeal to me!

  4. It is a good abstraction: lots of color and movement. I wish I could be in the scene.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    1. Really? That is awesome! I feel the same. What a relief to paint abstract, sometimes, and use all my favorite colors. By the way, I continue to enjoy and learn from your blog. I love the tiny visitors you sometimes catch.

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      1. The visitors I sometimes catch are fine. It’s the ones that sometimes catch me (mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, etc.) that aren’t.

  5. My advice is to paint that which you love the most, in a style that you think expresses yourself, and your personality, as much as you can… and to ignore what is popular and what not. You can change your style as you go forwards, or your subjects. That is common among many artists. We don’t have to be loyal to what worked for us in the past. But to find meaningful art in ourselves, we have to try and get as close as possible to our inner self.

    1. This is so true, Shimon. I am learning that there are many sides to our inner lives, and they all will be expressed in their turn.

  6. whoo hoo for you. Beautiful painting.

    1. Haha! Fun!

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