I’ve never been a huge fan of abstract art but I have grown to respect those who practice it and going off topic for a moment, many times in conversation I’ve said to people I don’t mind people not liking my work (or a piece of art in general) but I do have a problem with people saying something is “shit”. If you say something is shit, let’s see you do better?
I never ‘got’ abstract art but one example in particular that changed my viewpoint slightly
was down to good old Pablo. Now I’m not 100% sure I’ve got the right painting here or even the right woman, so the images here may be wrong but the essence of the story is true and hey, why let details get in the way of a good story.
According to a documentary I saw, Picasso painted this picture of Dora Maar at a time when their affair was a bit sour. During the documentary, they showed a photo of Dora Maar and then Picasso’s painting of her and I really could see a resemblance. Just for that instant, I got it and have since learnt to appreciate abstract art and in particular, Picasso’s abstract art. I’ll come onto my favourite Picasso another time.
The other night, whilst sat outside enjoying the warm evening, I looked at the three trees on the corner of the street and one looked diamond shape, the other a rhombus kind of shape (!?!?) and the third looked triangular. By chance I’d just opened a pack of charcoals I’d recently bought and having never used them, I thought as a first go, I’d try something simple. It took seconds, literally but again, another Picasso story came to mind where a restaurant owner asked Picasso for a drawing on a napkin as opposed to paying the bill. Apparently Pablo willingly obliged and the restaurateur was a happy man. I should think he was!
My point is, I’ve also learnt that hours of hard toil doesn’t necessarily make something better or more appreciated than 10 seconds of skilful mastery of a pencil or whatever comes to hand as the likes of Picasso seem to demonstrate again and again with annoying ease.
Once again, my attempt is just that, an attempt at something I’ve never tried before and that is something I’ve also learned to do almost everyday, Do something (anything!) you’ve never done before, it doesn’t matter what but you never know, you may have a talent for whatever it might be and who knows where it could lead. Life can take some strange turns sometimes, and many are for the better in my experience.