Abstract painting - Field of flowers - Yarra Glen #1

Title: Field of flowers Yarra Glen #1
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 63 x 122 cm
Painted: 2017

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The story behind

Field of flowers – Yarra Glen #1

When spring arrived in 2017, Bert felt an overwhelming and intense need to go out and paint the most beautiful thing he could. He had been suffering from severe depression due to the recent suicide of his brother, and then soon after the tragic death of a very close friend. Making a beautiful, abstract work of art would lift his spirits.

It took a little bit of a trek, but Bert eventually arrived at a spot he knew where he would find the most incredible view. It was atop a modest hill and looked down across the Yarra Valley. There were numerous different flowers in full bloom, and the sun shone down from a blue sky.

The painting took most of an afternoon, and he managed to capture the incredible visual beauty of the field of colorful flowers that lay before him. There was all manner of colors in the flowers – from yellow, orange, red, purple, mauve, and even pale blue – this was all set off against a field of the greenest of green grass.

Once he had finished his painting Bert packed up his things and left. He had a tear in his eye though – he knew Luke and Rebecca would never get to experience this magnificent beauty he had witnessed. Bert hopes that he has achieved what he set out to do – to create the most beautiful abstract painting which shows the beauty of our world.

Why

Bert strives to create beautiful art. He wants people to see the actual painted surface as being incredibly beautiful with its dense array of colourful splotches, flicks, dabs and runs.
Secondary to that is the crazy story and image behind the work.

How

  • Using a paintbrush to paint a stroke, dot or line
  • Flicking paint from a loaded brush
  • Using a finger to manipulate paint already on the surface
  • Dropping a droplet of paint from a brush
  • Pouring an amount of paint into a puddle
  • Tilting the board to make wet paint run across the board
  • Adding oil based paint to acrylic paint
  • Using a syringe to squirt paint in a direction
  • Using a syringe to drop a droplet of paint
  • Using a large brush to apply paint to a large area
  • Removing half dry paint off by washing painting off with a hose
  • Removing and smudging paint with a rag
  • Using a can of spray paint

Bert’s compositional approach is very much like taking a photographic image and tearing it up into small strips, shapes, confetti like circular pieces and throwing them up into the air. Only to have them fall in a completely random manner on the board. Each piece of the torn photo occupying it’s own space, and all the pieces landing in the original image space.

Bert’s abstract paintings are just a torn imaginary photograph.

From the mind of a complete and utter lunatic.

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