Abstract Art

Art Projects Potpourri #2!

I really need to do this more often! Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I’ve been involved in a bunch of different projects and I’m dumping all these into one big post.

To start, I’ve decided to become a PartyLite Independent Consultant! Wahoo! I’m not sure yet if it suits my personality, but I need me some sales experience and people skills! I’m hosting an online-only party this weekend and I’m finding I have a REALLY small circle! If you’re interested in ordering I’d appreciate it and I’m even giving out FREE tea light candles in a scent of your choice if you order this weekend at my party!

My consultant website is http://www.partylite.biz/sites/thekerrminator/productcatalog, click on the purple bar that says “Click here to look up your Host if you’re placing an order for a Party” and type in my name, Sara Kerr, in order to connect to the party. After you do that, any orders you place will be applied to the party and I’ll be able to contact you to give you your FREE tea lights! FYI, these tea-lights last 4-6 hours!

Now that I’m done with my PartyLite spiel, some other things I’ve been up to. . . I’m working on a new item to add to my Etsy page which, I don’t want to give too much away about it, but I will tell you it involves coconut shells, air plants, jute, and poplar. 😉

This last week I finally got the lead out of my ass, stretched a canvas, and did what I’ve been longing to do. . . drop water balloons filled with paint onto it! YEAH! I originally came across this technique while in a high school art class. I had the best teacher ever! She let me put a 3’x3′ canvas on the lawn of the school directly below her 2nd floor window and drop paint-filled water balloons onto it.

We first used bottles of tempera paint and tried to create an image that way, but I wasn’t too thrilled with how it was turning out. So, after letting that dry for a day (or three) one of us, or maybe it was another student suggested the water balloons. . . I don’t remember who it was, but whoever did, was a genius! I squeezed some acrylic paint from tubes into the balloons, stretched them over the faucets and filled them the rest of the way with water. Then we finally dropped them out the window onto the canvas.

It. Was. Awesome.

As I recall one of the first balloons dropped didn’t pop on impact. It got a tiny hole in it when it bounced off the canvas, then proceeded to roll down the hill next to a car, nearly spraying it with paint. I ran down out the door, down the stairs, and out the front doors so fast only to find a white patch on the school parking lot. OOPS! At least it didn’t get on whoever’s car that was.

I ended up painting over the entire canvas and taking it in a totally different direction, but I have always looked back at the technique as something worth doing again, and not because its shit-tons of fun, but because it creates a really interesting surface to work on.

This is the resultant painting. You can’t see it very well from this picture, but there is some cracking and bumpy texturing that adds to the impact of the piece.

Oh right, so the whole point of me telling you this is because I did it again last week. This time, since I live in an apartment complex, I had to do it in my garage. And being that I don’t want to get paint all over my apartment I had to fill the balloons out there as well. I taped up the garage Dexter-style (well if Dexter was suddenly super lazy and nonchalant about hanging his plastic) with old plastic sheets from fabric rolls and garbage bags.

Squeezing the paint into the balloons was essentially the same, but being that I don’t have a sink in the garage, I used a straw and bottle to fill the balloons with water. It was trickier and more time consuming, so I only filled two balloons.

After three attempts to pop the balloons they finally exploded rather splatter-tasticallly. I need less-holey plastic next time though because it shot through the gaps and holes and went 4-5 feet into the garage. What’s art without a little mess, right? The image on the left is where it stands as of yesterday. It’s the start of something. What, I do not know. I did come up with an idea while I was working on this, for a series of sarcastic propaganda posters. I’ll get into that another day though since this post is already longer than I expected! 🙂

The other things I’ve been working on is setting up a few more social networking sites for both my art, and my PartyLite Consulting biz. I joined Twitter and I may regret that later, but it won’t hurt to give it a whirl! (I hope). If you’re a twit, or tweeter, or whatever you call yourselves, please follow The Kerrminator on twitter! I try to keep it all strictly art-related so I don’t bog down your feed with political or personal bull crap.

I just recently created a Facebook page specifically for my art-doings as well.  Check out Thekerrminator on Facebook! Make sure you *like* it and tell your friends to *like* it as well 🙂

Lastly, I made a Facebook page for my PartyLite Consulting Biz. Be sure to like my “PartyLite with The Kerrminator” Facebook page too, as I’ll be using it to post monthly specials, host and guest rewards, giveaways, party info, and consulting opportunities. Don’t forget to get in on my party going on today and tomorrow and get in on some free tea-lights!

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for liking my pages! Happy Spring, everyone!

First abstract piece complete! WOOT!

First and foremost, please read [if you haven’t already], “Abstract art, why do you escape my grasp?” so you will understand what I’m about to scream because otherwise this is going to seem really random. . .

THE TURD IS DONE!

I’m actually sort of happy with the way it turned out. It’s amazing to think I could potentially tolerate it being hung in my apartment considering how much I hated it and wanted it destroyed. I didn’t do much to it; as you can see I only painted the brown stripes across it. For me they symbolize a cage containing all the struggles I had with this piece (hopefully they will remain there so the next one won’t be such a poop!).

Also, I hope that with the completion of this piece I will not reference BMs in my blog ever again. . .

What do you think?

Abstract art, why do you escape my grasp?

*HUGE SIGH*

The struggle with abstract art continues – I simply cannot get the hang of it. I’m very literal, direct, straightforward – I try to keep things simple, and most of all logical. With all these characteristics, how does one loosen up and create something that is pure feeling and pure visual “nonsense?”

I have never understood abstract art and I can’t seem to get any meaning out of the majority of pieces I come across. I don’t want to shut myself out of an entire arena of the art world, but maybe it’s just not my style. . .

If you haven’t already seen it, the piece I’m having the worst time completing is this piece I blogged about in an earlier post called, Abstract crap. I blogged about it in 2010, but probably started on that painting back in 2007/08 and have painted over it…hmmm how many times now?

Let me count; it started out as a landscape painting, but I gave up on that and started dripping bright paint all over it which I morphed into a possible nuclear holocaust piece, but I [again] gave up on that, painted it black, put a kokopelli on it and smeared white gesso all over [which is the stage you see in Abstract Crap], afterwhich I decided to scrap the kokopelli and painted over it [yet again] in dark green which I intended to be the background for a grotesque interpretation of the correlation between modern models and Jews during the Holocaust, and now. . . well, see for yourself. . .

An unfinished abstract painting by Sara Kerr

What. a. mess.

So, that’s four times I painted over an idea I wasn’t making progress on. Based on my previous idea descriptions you can tell all my ideas are actual plans – I don’t know how to convert the specific images I have in my head into a generalization without those specific details.

Like I said, I’m direct: if I want to paint a tree, it’s going to be a tree. Why beat around the bush? The most direct route to the message I’m trying to portray is to “spell” it out with clear imagery. . . Maybe illustration and story telling is where I belong.

Currently I’m using hairspray bottles to spray a light shade of brown over it, leaving bottle caps on areas so some of the color shows through. I’m leaning toward titling the piece, ‘The Turd‘ since it has turned into such a piece of shit and my brain is seemingly constipated when I try to come up with something to do with it [my heart isn’t set on that title – It just seems like a suitable moniker at this frustrating point in time].

I’m thinking the next thing I’ll try – if The Turd fails – is burning this cursed canvas and starting fresh! [because painting over it time after time doesn’t seem to solve my problems. . .]

TBC