Wednesday, October 07, 2009

thoughts on plein air and abstract art


I write as much as I paint, perhaps more. I think I should share some of those insights as this is a journal of artistic progress.
Every painting is an experiment. The current goal is to reflect not only the visual model but the internal thoughts to try to attain spiritual content.

Journal Jots;

Spiritual Abstract Art
Abstract Spiritual Art

The blank page is a spiritual slate
ready for creation/expression
Interpretation
Perception
Revelation
Nature as a teacher/model is a point of departure for spiritual reflection .
Beauty
Truth
Being
Plein air painting is a study that puts one in the moment.
The studies are developed in the 'Temple of the Studio'.
The product is a revelation of
Being
Beauty
Truth.

So..........
The first painting in this series was done en plein air, Washington Pass, Mazama, WA., as were the next two. The last painting was done in the studio, a result of plein air studies and thoughts developed over time. Plein air painting puts one in the moment. The information gathered achieves a visual vocabulary that can be expanded on in the studio. Both practices enhance my development as an artist and as a person. Hopefully the effort will have value to others as well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly the breathtaking beauty of confronting a majestic mountain is brought to the viewer here. Are these your two best paintings ever? They are magnificent.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Gregg Caudell said...

Hopefully not my best but I like them too. Especially the experience of standing their in the snow waiting for the storm clouds to race by the peaks. Cold and windy but what makes plein air painting worth the magic.
Thanks!

5:11 AM  

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