"The Plaid Dove" series marks my first venture into what the kids call Abstract Art. I've always had a curious love/hate fascination with this genre, which is almost as broad in scope as art itself. The word "abstract" has always conjured so many questions for me ... does it take any actual artistic talent to slosh paint onto a canvas seemingly at random? Are the people who enjoy this style of art truly enlightened, or are they just pompous, rich snobs trying to create the illusion that they are smarter and more culturally advanced than everyone else? Was Jackson Pollock a genius, or just a weirdo? A little of both, maybe? I may never find the answers, but I figured the best way to try would be to jump right in and give it a go myself. I committed to creating a large square full of frenetic brush strokes in numerous colors, with no goal or frame of reference whatsoever. The result was that I spent more time on it and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Interestingly, I used almost none of the skills I use when I draw or paint a portrait, and was instead painting more by natural instinct or intuition ... a very different, but freeing feeling. It ended up looking kind of cool, but more than that, it opened my eyes to the process and the entire abstract genre. In fact, I dug it so much that I now feel I have another tool in the ol' art arsenal, which is always a good feeling. The thing is, it still wasn't complete to me ... despite the fact that I've seen paintings in similar styles sell for millions. As much as I liked my square of random shapes and colors, it's just not my style, and would seem like a cheap sell-out move to put this out there as-is and ask people to spend money on it, even if they might be prone to do so. I had to do my version of abstract. Which means adding shapes, silhouettes, patterns, and stark contrast. Thus, "The Plaid Dove" (Version 1) was born. This may not be "purely" abstract - whatever that might mean - but I feel more comfortable putting this out there because it's me, it's Plaid Design, it's Mod Pop Art. And I just hope someone out there enjoys it. More about the dove itself and the reason I chose it in the description of Version 2 ...
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