|Teacup Pineapple, watercolor on |
paper by Tracy Feldman 8 x 8", 2004
The little watercolor to the left is currently available on auction in my Daily Paintworks Gallery. It is an example of my loosening up within a very realistic piece. I reached past the literal by messing around with placement and how I named the piece. So, I did a very realistic painting of a mini pineapple and a teacup for which it was named. I also placed the items on a tablecloth decorated with pineapples. For me, it was an amusing piece of "reality with a twist". But as the years went on, I had a growing feeling that in order to keep growing as a painter, I needed to challenge myself even more by allowing myself to let go of my realism touchstone.
|Reef, by Tracy Feldman,|
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 36" , 2010/11
By 2010, I was willing to take a foray into abstraction. I took an abstract painting class at the PA College of Art and Design. During that class, I found that a brother-in-law of mine was ill. I worried about him, and knew there was nothing direct I could do to help since they lived in another state. So, I decided to use a number of his underwater photos as the inspiration for an abstract work and send him good energy while I painted. That one piece grew into a series of figurative abstracts -- which means in my case that while my painting had identifiable "real world" shapes, the objects in the pieces were so simplified, and the color scheme modified in such non-naturalistic ways, that the final pieces became abstracts.
But, these abstract works clearly didn't signify that I was moving from realism to abstraction. At the same time, for example, I also was painting a number of very realistic pieces. Furthermore, the next year, while my husband and I once again went to Galway, Ireland for his sabbatical, I went back to realism. More on this topic in tomorrow's post.