At the risk of shocking some of you blog readers–please don’t be offended!– here is my newest abstract painting in pastel. It is the last painting I did in 2018, and because of the subject matter, I’ve been dragging my feet finishing it. I finally did yesterday, to get it off my easel, and start fresh in the new year.
The idea here is that I needed an example of more a provocative abstract work in my powerpoint on abstraction. So here it is, Testosterone, done in pastel. Testosterone isn’t an idea, it is a thing, so this isn’t abstract conceptualism per se, but it is something we know is there but do not see. Everyone would paint this differently than the next, however, just like a concept in abstract conceptualism. Rest assured, though, that I won’t assign this to anyone in any of my classes.
This painting is 16×20 and the original is for sale– it won’t be hanging on my wall!
There is some great texture and technique here, as you can see in the close-ups below. The entire work is above.
If you are interested in a print of this work or merchandise with it on it, get it here in my gallery.
Now that I’m done embarrassing myself, I’ll get on to painting something else!
I’m laughing! You certainly captured the subject matter and no offense taken! Keep up the good work… no pun intended. :-)!
No need for embarrassment! It’s a great piece of work.
While abstract art, as I understand it, transcends literal detail, I can’t avoid projecting various masculine images into this work . Above all, I’m intrigued by the origin of embarrassment and apology. Is embodiment embarrassing? Do we have in this work an incipient explanation for edenic fig leaves?
A very convincing reply!