Why Does a Conceptual Abstract Artist Paint Flowers

Christine Alfery

Posted on May 10 2020

Why Does a Conceptual Abstract Artist Paint Flowers

If you know my esthetic, you may wonder why this abstract artist is suddenly painting flowers, flowers and more flowers. The simple answer? Because I can.

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 When I say it is important for an artist to have freedom in creativity I mean it. And right now the colors and subject matter of flowers make me so happy – so I am going to continue to do them. It surprises me - I have never painted flowers for such an extended period of time. But I am learning so much in this process – and that is what being an artist is all about - discovering, exploring and doing what you love. So bear with me - yet another flower. 

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 This one was done on canvas and there are about 5 other pieces under it. It has tons of texture because of this. I just keep painting out the entire canvas - it started with three figures and masks, it went to pure abstraction and now it is flowers and I just love looking at the work. I love it.

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 I recently wrote about the pandemic and creativity. I was working on this canvas when I wrote that essay. I thought about the creative spirit and the freedom to be able to paint over something that isn't working for you as an artist. Creativity isn't about saying ‘well technically this is just fine’ rather it is about saying ‘I love it with all its flaws and imperfections’. 

As an artist I may see imperfection, but I have found that others often don't see art that way. Rather they often see the beauty and creativity and appreciate and love something that I thought of as imperfect. That is one of the valuable lessons from art that I sincerely wish would be carried over into life - seeing the beauty and experiencing the artist in the work and relating to someone through art. Loving something that someone worries is imperfect. Translated into life, seeing the beauty and appreciating or relating to the perspective and experience of someone else in a way that is different – that is true acceptance and that is wonderful. 

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The photo of this work was taken in my studio. The piece still needs to be stretched and professionally photographed but I was so anxious to share it with you all I am going to post it like this for now. 

I will post the professional photo when this work is officially “finished” - although for an artist the idea of "finished" is not black and white. For now the piece will be stretched to 72x52. It is an acrylic on canvas. I have titled it, A Walk in the Garden. But I might change it again. Why? Because I can.

UPDATE: For Mother's Day I stretched and hung this work. I have never spent so much time painting florals, but they just keep bringing me such joy. This is a large canvas work currently on display at the entrance to my home gallery. Depending on how things continue to develop, I hope you will be able to visit it during the next NorthWoods Art Tour.

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