Art: Abstract



What is abstract art?

People sometimes wonder, and are often fooled by its {seemingly} simple aesthetic.

Abstract art is described as “art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.”  (source: Internet Google search)

Artist and author Dean Nimmer explains it {here} in a 2017 post on

My abstract art is a reflection of the quieter side of me {mostly}. It emerged {the art, not the quieter side!} as a result of an online class I started in fall 2016 with artist, Donna Downey.

The class goal? Create a series of nine 10″ x 10″ canvases using a limited color palette (five colors).  “Numbers” was the theme Donna asked us to use. I added my own twist to the project, adding text to each canvas, and titled it “Journeys.” An up-close look at each canvas reveals a word or message. Want to see more?  Visit RobinLK Studios on Facebook.

Sunday Mornings” was my second attempt at abstract art, produced in one afternoon after images rolled around my brain all day – on the drive to work and throughout the day. Like bugs to a light, the images stayed close and wouldn’t stop buzzing.

As soon as I could, I headed for home, straight to my studio, pulled five 6 x 6 canvases, grabbed the colors from the first abstract project, donned my apron, and began creating. Three hours later, voila!

No earthly idea where that came from, but I loved it! It was, as Elizabeth Gilbert describes in Big Magic, one of those moments when an idea finds you, grabs you, and shakes you ’til you pay attention and create. 

I paid attention. I created. It was unbelievably powerful. Weird. But powerful. Indeed.


Next came my interest in abstract paper collage, and Step-by-Step began to emerge.  It’s a combination of organic materials -string, tags, paper, cardboard, even papers from the 1960s, blended to create a quiet representation of the day-to-day ‘stuff’ we encounter…  often tedious, but the foundation of life, for sure.

In early 2017, colorful abstract work began dancing in my head and found its way to art boards in my studio. Lots of energetic orange and shades of blue and green… all representing the quirkiness of life.

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