Friday, March 09, 2007

Abstract Influence

Every teacher I ever had was an abstract artist, including two colour field painters. How much does the particular style of an instructor impact a student? Looking at this painting, oil on canvas, 20 by 28", there is a definite abstract influence. Many of the colours are placed in the foreground, creating an almost flat picture plain. This question is not limited to an academic setting. Anyone who has critiqued or aided your work, even if only for a brief time, could be considered an influence.

An alternate approach would be to ask how much does an individual's style affect their views, understanding, and approach to other paintings? I strive for a warm palette, and particularly appreciate the same in works that are not my own. To what degree does this influence my views on painting?

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