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Insignificant Me


Abstract landscape

I have just released “Insignificant Me” for sale. It is an abstract landscape and is my largest painting at the moment. It measures at 65x35x2.75 inches and is done with acrylics on linen. I finished this one in early spring of this year. The title “Insignificant me” comes from the feeling I get as I peer into the distance from the Coastal Maine shoreline, as I contemplate mine own purpose of existence. It is a bit of a departure for me as I usually only concentrate on geometrical abstracts and on Some occasions, surrealist work. This particular work has a bit of history as far as its development. I have included some photos to illustrate the progression to the final outcome. It started when I moved to coastal Maine with my family from Atlanta, two years ago. I started taking photos from the coastline.

Coastal Maine

As I was enjoying the simplicity of the photos, I decided to do some pencil and ink drawings for practice.

oceanscape painting

On a later visit back to these drawings I noticed some geometrical designs hidden within. I decided to pull them out onto colored paper with colored pencils.

Abstract painting

From these designs, I move on to the final acrylic on canvas that I have for sale now.

geometrical Abstract

So quite the journey for this artwork.

I did an earlier post called a Hidden World where I referenced the color pencil drawings if you want to check that out. The consistency of this work with my other work is that I use geometrical forms to make the composition. Even though this obviously has some resemblance to a seascape, it is basically a hard-edge painting of geometric shapes. As I mentioned in my artist statement I use geometry as a language to describe the world around. In a way, I feel this is the bridge that takes me from representation work to the commitment l made to abstract art using geometry to represent the unseen natural world. So I can argue what is really the difference between representational and nonrepresentational anyway? (a conversation for later) This is, as it were, my ”missing link” of my evolution into abstract art (just done later in my career is all). It is nice to be reminded every once and a while that representational and nonrepresentational painting have a lot in common while appearing to be so different. As I said, this is a bit of a departure for me, I am not sure at the moment if I will pursue this particular avenue any further or not. It just became a side thing that I had to follow all the way through but, you never know, there could always be that certain view that just takes a hold and won’t let go till it’s done.

Also, just some things to mention as well: I have been published in a recent publication 1340ART Magazine. Follow the link to see it. I have also participated in a project called MarcDeck where 54 artists were asked to design a playing card as to make a full deck. It is now complete and on sale at https://marcd.co/MarcDeck. I have some new work coming up for sale, so keep an eye out for that. I have some of my digital painting for sale as prints on my Etsy shop so check that out if interested, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and now Pinterest . I post my most recent work and idea on my social media accounts. Not everything I post is for sale, although, if you see something you like I can always make a print or sale a digital file that you can print yourself. Just shoot me a message if you have something in mind. I just started on Pinterest so it may be a little bare at the moment. And finally, my newsletter, don’t forget to sign up for all the latest. Thanks, and see you next time. rji

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