Getting From Concrete To Abstract

Many art quilters seem to struggle with creation of abstract work, whether from scratch or from a recognizable photo or drawing.  Even if you don’t want a totally nonrepresentational piece, abstracting can help simplify and strengthen your design.

To work on my abstracting skills I signed up for Lyric Kinard’s Abstract-a-licious online course. To quote Lyric, ” Lessons consist of  concrete design exercises that are clear and easily understood as well as ample encouragement from an award winning teacher. You don’t need to have drawing or design skills as this course is designed to inspire and teach  both the timid beginner and the confident creative.”

The course consists of five play exercises that use pencil, paper, and scissors. There’s no projects involved. So far we’ve done three lessons. The emphasis is on using design principles to develop abstract designs.

First class lesson, unit 1, sketches with line only.
Second lesson, unit 1, adding value to line.
Third class lesson, unit 1, rearranging elements of iron sketch and adding color.
Lesson 2, unit 2, abstract of Degas painting with color added. Lesson 1 was to abstract the painting.
Lesson 1, unit 3, line doodles. I did several.
Lesson 2, unit 3, shaded doodles.
Lesson 3, unit 3, fabric versions of a doodle.
Extra: Fabric doodles with organza overlays.

Once I complete the remaining units I’ll let you know how it all went.

I’m linking this post to Off The Wall Fridays.

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Getting From Concrete To Abstract

  1. Rosemaryflower

    Oh so nice.
    This reminds me of the days of olden. Those few art history and experimentation classes I managed to squeeze in while drudgering through a nursing degree.

  2. Jane

    This looks like a wonderfully mind-freeing way to learn and to get past self-imposed restriction, Joanna. Looking forward to seeing your results in person. I’m thinking about the doodles I did while the Junior High School American History substitute teacher was telling ghost stories. “All” I need to do is find the zone again.

    • The class is helpful in providing concrete ways to get started – making a window (a square in paper) to look through and draw what you see, abstracting a painting, etc. You can do this yourself, of course, but somehow we never seem to.

  3. I look forward to seeing and reading how you progress.

  4. I like the things Lyric Kinard does and enjoyed seeing your projects.

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