I always base my abstract drawings on ideas derived from the natural world. These include textures, light and shadow, weathering and decay of landscape objects. I love rocks and the shadows from trees for example.
Lately, I have been researching abstract ideas from man-made objects, in this case, windows. Old windows are of particular interest to me. Last week I posted some examples of bird poo-stained windows from the historic property Cheshunt, in Tasmania’s Meander Valley.
Today’s images are from the same property. The second image is a photo of a section from an old window. The digital abstracts above and below the photo are created from the same window.
A much more simplified drawing can be seen at the bottom. This is an interpretation of the bottom-right window pane, seen in the photo. This is a very two-dimensional image with a strong emphasis on outlines.
I love working with this type of subject. Seen in isolation these abstracts have little or no association with their original ‘source’.
It’s not what they mean that counts in this instance, it’s how they look. Although still quite ‘window-like’, these images should be enjoyed as pure abstracts without any ‘hint’ of their origin.
I intend to work on the top image and I’ll post an update of its progress hopefully next week.