Appreciation of the Abstract

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
 

-Pablo Picasso

Abstract art may not be a favorite of everyones. It’s easy to judge it and place abstract under a catch-all umbrella. You may not realize the many variations that have erupted out of the different modern movements. Each have their own perspectives and points of view, whether it is Realism, Impressionism, or Abstract Expressionism, they all work with line, color, and space in some way.

“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color
and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.”
-Piet Mondrian

There have been some eyebrow raising pieces that can be baffling, such as a long haired wig sitting on a floor with a few strands going up a gallery wall. Mark Rothko’s colored rectangles vertically stacked may not pull at your heart strings, but Jackson Pollock’s paint splatter may be more interesting. How could you not stare at Pollock’s paintings for a long time as if trying to unravel the web he has created with paint? Whether you enjoy these artists or not, art is subjective, but it is important to have an appreciation for what each artist brings to the table.

WIP Abstract Plate
Abstract plate before clear glaze and the firing in the kiln.

If you don’t really enjoy abstract paintings to decorate your walls, you may prefer the practical application of abstract art, such as a dinnerware pattern. It doesn’t have to be a traditional floral print anymore! Why not start your collection of abstract plates by taking the “Abstract Dinner Plate” workshop at Decoy Art Studio on Tuesday, February 16, 2016? Join us from 6:30-8:30 pm for this 21 & up workshop, and feel free to BYOB! One of our instructors will teach you how to create this Piet Mondrian inspired dinner plate.

Final Abstract Plate

Abstract plate after it has been fired.

Please sign up for the paint-your-own pottery workshop at Decoy Art Studio in Beavercreek, Ohio! You have three options to sign up: 1. Call the studio at (937) 431-4838 2. Book the “Lettering Type Coffee Mug” workshop on the www.decoy-art.com website by going to the following URL: https://placefull.com/clay-workshops—workshop-wednesday-series  3. Visit the studio at 1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio.

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Explore Lettering

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker
creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”
-El Lizzitsky

Have you ever thought about how often we are exposed to letters and words every day? Type can be with illustrations, photographs, or even become art on its own. A certain font chosen for the logo of a company can become it’s very identity. Letters spelling a child’s name on their precious stuffed toy makes it all the more special. A typographer (a designer who specializes in creating and arranging type) has the magical powers to STOP you in your tracks with LARGE, BOLD, and CAPITALIZED letters on billboards hanging on a brick building. Or they want you to float on the cloud of imagination while you read a book without the interruption of loud type.

Anonymous Silhouette (WIP?)

Example of hand lettering working with an illustration.

Many of the fonts we are exposed to may be seen in a digital format or have been printed from a computer, but almost all typefaces have been hand drawn one time or another in the beginning. Currently, hand lettering posters, t-shirts, greeting cards, etc. has become very popular. If you are a lover of words and art, take some time and cover a sheet of paper in words or letters that make you smile. Try to make each word or letter look different from your last and you may want to change to different colored pens or pencils. You don’t necessarily have to be able to read it in the end, but we challenge you to completely cover the sheet in letter forms.

“Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs
to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.”
-Helmut Schmid

Front of Lettering Mug

Front of Lettering/Type Coffee Mug

To further embrace the opportunity to create your very own hand lettered coffee mug, please join us at the Decoy Art Studio for a 21 & up pottery painting workshop called “Lettering/Type Coffee Mug” on Tuesday, January 12th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. What? You are not a typographer? You do not have to be a designer to experience letter forms. So have no fear! We will have carbon paper to help trace the words onto the mug, and our instructor will take you step-by-step through the process of creating the cup pictured in this blog post. If you so choose to alter the artist’s design, it is completely up to you! It is going to be your very own piece of practical art to take home and enjoy.

Back of Lettering Mug

Back of Lettering/Type Coffee Mug

If you would love to learn how to create this wonderful mug on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, please sign up for the pottery workshop at Decoy Art Studio in Beavercreek, Ohio!
You have three options to sign up:
1. Call the studio at (937) 431-4838
2. Book the “Lettering Type Coffee Mug” workshop on the www.decoy-art.com website by going to the following URL: https://placefull.com/clay-workshops—workshop-wednesday-series
3. Visit the studio at 1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio.

Hope to see you at the Studio!

Busy!

I apologize profusely for not keeping my blogging duties up to date. In March, I decided to buy a house and have been fixing it up ever since. It has taken my weekends and evenings when I am not at work. My fingers have been itching to create artwork, but I have been too tired to want to do much other than screw around and doodle on scrap paper. Lol. Hoping I will get a chance to scan in some of those to make it seem like I am artistically productive! Once I am moved in, I will be able to pay more attention to my blog. 🙂