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What is seen on the surface

By Cate Cormack

People often tell me what they are “seeing” in my paintings. I enjoy hearing what they think the subject matter of the painting is. Usually it is something I never thought of! So what is abstract painting anyway? Commonly “abstract art” is understood to mean “not realistic.” However I, like many artists, do have a subject in mind when I paint. We may take a subject such as a landscape or figure and exaggerate it, simplify it, stylize it or distill it in some way. Usually we are not trying to recreate, represent or imitate the subject but instead use it as a jumping-off point.

“What Is Seen on the Surface”
An artist’s talk on abstract watercolor painting by Cate Cormack
Sat, Aug 31, 1-4pm
Casa Diana Gallery
Recreo 48

In this lecture you will be able to experience from an artist’s perspective how abstract art is created. Using my recent body of work as examples, you will be able to see how color, texture, line and form are more important to my painter’s eye than the details of the actual subject matter. You may learn how an artist gets a sense or feel for the subject matter and then goes about abstracting it rather then painting an exact replication.

You are welcomed to attend this free, one-hour artist’s talk at beautiful Casa Diana Galería. Come gain an understanding about abstract art that may open up a whole new way of “seeing” art on a deeper level.


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