Hello everyone, lately I have been fascinated by abstract art. I need some ideas on how to go about it to create abstract with deep meaning.

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I am an abstract artist and the only thing I can tell you is that if I think about the painting it really sucks. It does not come out well at all. I must let my "artist within" do the work. It is as if the I of me is put aside and no longer exist. When the feeling comes that the piece is done I stand back and see what has been done. I am more times then not absolutely amazed at what has shown up on the canvas. Let it FLOW THRU you is about all I can tell you.

Hi Susan,

i love the question,it asks for an answer which can not be found or at least is not an answer as such. As an abstract artist i paint because it needs to happen, the meaning in the experience is certainly deep,in as much as it comes from inside me,requires me to work and overcome problems as they arise. I suppose the meaning of deep is the crux of the question. There is depth in my work,it has meaning and comes from passion for or about an issue. It manifests itself because it is part of my day and i need to somehow address it. The process is slow. For me the scene must be set,music, ambience. state of mind, materials and something else which i can't put my finger on, It's the last part before actually painting. Maybe it's the passion. I wait with all the process ready knowing i need to paint,want to paint, there is a longing, an urge and the pain that comes  with that inability to resolve. When at last it is right then i paint, it may take hours or days.

As Andrea says it just comes,from within and surprises,enlightens,moves me. It is only personal, it has no meaning beyond that until someone else sees and responds and then it becomes something else, possibly at this point it really finds or achieves depth??. Painting is subjective for me, it is dreams and thoughts made manifest as a visual image, my inner self laid bare, raw and vulnerable. Somewhere in all of that is some kind of depth, good luck and enjoy painting.



stephen mason said:

Hi Susan,

i love the question,it asks for an answer which can not be found or at least is not an answer as such. As an abstract artist i paint because it needs to happen, the meaning in the experience is certainly deep,in as much as it comes from inside me,requires me to work and overcome problems as they arise. I suppose the meaning of deep is the crux of the question. There is depth in my work,it has meaning and comes from passion for or about an issue. It manifests itself because it is part of my day and i need to somehow address it. The process is slow. For me the scene must be set,music, ambience. state of mind, materials and something else which i can't put my finger on, It's the last part before actually painting. Maybe it's the passion. I wait with all the process ready knowing i need to paint,want to paint, there is a longing, an urge and the pain that comes  with that inability to resolve. When at last it is right then i paint, it may take hours or days.

As Andrea says it just comes,from within and surprises,enlightens,moves me. It is only personal, it has no meaning beyond that until someone else sees and responds and then it becomes something else, possibly at this point it really finds or achieves depth??. Painting is subjective for me, it is dreams and thoughts made manifest as a visual image, my inner self laid bare, raw and vulnerable. Somewhere in all of that is some kind of depth, good luck and enjoy painting.

Awe I love your explanation Stephen. That is about as close as it comes!!

Thanks to all - this is a question that I have pondered a lot.

Thanks everyone, I'll keep trying and let you know how it goes.

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