Lyrical Abstraction?

What exactly is Lyrical Abstraction?

Why do I use the catchphrase “Lyrical Abstraction” in describing my art?  Working with a wonderful art coach a year or so ago, one of the suggestions she made was to come up with a “tag line” for my art that would differentiate it from other abstract painters and something that would more clearly define my “style.”  The art coach said to look at my art objectively and find an evocative title that could be used to describe it.  Since my paintings are abstract in nature, that part was really easy.  But, how to describe my particular approach to conceptual painting?  That process was a little more involved and took a lot of thought and reflection.  My paintings have a lot of movement and color and my art coach called them “animated abstractions.”   However, I felt “animated” was a word I associate with cartoons and that didn’t fit my work.  So, I started looking for another word that felt right and stumbled across the word “lyrical.”  It means “of literature, art, or music, expressing the writer’s (artist’s) emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.”  This description really resonated and I felt that “lyrical” unequivocally defines what I set out to convey in my paintings.

A collector from South Carolina recently shared her thoughts about my paintings: “I have been purchasing art from you for at least 15 years now.  From the first piece to the last (which I’m sure will be far into the future), your work has brought color, joy and even peace into our home.  Each piece is different and unique and each elicits only positive feelings and energy daily.  Your creativity is palpable with a range of style, looks and beauty to reach anyone who may be lucky enough to own some of your work.  I look forward to what you bring in the future and want you to know that your art has enhanced the aesthetic experiences in our home.” ~ Tara Darby

It is very humbling, fascinating and rewarding to hear people’s responses and reactions to my paintings.   The nature of abstract art is that everyone interprets it according to their own individual history and perspective.  In that way, each person who views my paintings, or any piece of abstract art, sees something unique and very personal.

Abstraction demands more from me than realism. Instead of reproducing something outside of me, now I go inward and use everything I’ve learned thus far in my life.”
– Susan Avishai, Canadian fine artist

What has been your experience when looking at abstract art?  Has your opinion changed over time?


Inspiration Strikes

Painting is a passion of mine and as such, is ever evolving.  My artistic focus has grown and evolved over the 20 or so years that I have been painting consistently (I’ve been an artist all my life but serious about it for about 20 years).  A couple of attributes do remain constant – my love for bold color combinations; a strong sense of design; and a change in value (dark to light). 

Psychologists have said that color palette preferences are formed early in life and I find it fascinating that I am still inspired by the vivid colors of my childhood home in New Mexico and the Native American (Navajo) influence.  You will still find turquoise, red, golden yellow and black (used for symbols on Navajo pottery and weavings) in my paintings today and I love combining these colors together or adding other similarly vibrant colors to the mix. 

Ann Art Gallery owner Ann Bailey shares her thoughts:  “Jacqueline’s work exhibits energy and excitement. Her ability to show movement and joy in her color combinations is amazing, and stirs the creative side of my soul. It is a true pleasure to work with her and share her passion for life through art.”

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ~  Thomas A. Edison

What inspires you?

That’s the Idea!

So, where do I come up with my ideas for paintings?  Anything and everything has inspired my artwork over the last 20 or so years.  From my personal life experience (I’ll share more in a separate blog post); to song lyrics; to newspaper columns; to poetry; to snatches of conversations.  A great tool that has worked well is keeping a creative journal.  I jot down ideas as they come to mind and that way, when I need them, I can refer back to my journal.  So, I have lots of ideas to pull from when I begin a new series of paintings (I work in series of 8-10 paintings and complete 3-4 series a year). 

In my journal, I capture ideas for series; techniques I want to try; art books that I want to read; quotes I like; color combinations; sketches for painting layouts or anything else that appeals to me.  I also jot down communication drafts that I would like to share including art newsletters and blog posts.  For example, I currently have ideas for 7-8 new series.  Once a series is completed and I am ready to start something new, the ideas are there for me to select from.  Artist friends have told me that they feel artistically blocked sometimes – my creative journal is a wonderful means of keeping me focused and excited about new work.

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”  ~Victor Hugo

What do you use for inspiration?  Do you get blocked creatively and if so, how do you handle it?

Why A Blog?

Artists are visual, right? So write a blog? When people find out I’m an artist, they always have questions. How do you come up with ideas? What inspires you? How do you do that? I take the creative process as a given because it is a huge part of my life. But to many, it is uncharted territory. My website shares the “who, what, and where” and I hope my blog can shed some light on the “how and why.” Thank you for coming along on the journey!

“The joy is in the journey.” ~Anonymous

Do you write a blog? If so, what inspired you?