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“Microcosm” Abstract Art Painting

Abstract Art PaintingMicrocosm by Jaison Cianelli ©2009
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“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.  The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars.  Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.” ~ The Upanishads

Abstract Art & The Need For Expression


Abstract Art by Jaison Cianelli

Abstract Art by Jaison Cianelli

As human beings we create nothing of our own, but only partake in the great creative process as conduits.  So the creative position of the artist is a humbling one.  The artist is essentially a channel.  This can’t be any more obvious than in the abstract expressionist artist.  

As you probably know, abstraction indicates a departure from reality.  The need to produce and be a part of something other than the “real world” is a natural desire especially in bad times.  In Europe before the 19th century abstract art wasn’t even considered art.  And it wasn’t until World War II that the Americans considered the idea or perhaps just found a need for this form of expression.   Jackson Pollock was at the helm of this new direction later called abstract art expressionism.

While caught in the moment, an abstract artist is often times unaware of just exactly what he or she is creating.  Exploration, uncertainties, and emotions all play out on the canvas.    Pollock once said, “My method of painting is a natural growth out of a need.  I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.”  So for the expressionist, the visual outcome is important, but so too is the entire action of painting.  The action is like therapy for some – a means to channel feelings that need to be expressed for whatever the reason.

People question whether abstract art is actually fine art.  It’s hard for some to get past the sometimes carefree appearance and non traditional methods of applied paint and foreign matter. But at the same time there is a huge following.   Perhaps the intrigue comes from a simple truth  – that abstract art is a very raw and unique visual language, appealing both in its form and substance from which it came.

Abstract Landscapes – Painting From The Inner Light

bursting_sun_600The Impressionists were a genre of artists from the 19th century whose intent was to capture the effects natural light had on the landscape. To achieve this, they set their easels up outdoors. They called themselves “en plein air” artists which is a French expression that means “in the open air.” Some believe that painting outdoors expresses nature in a fuller way and allows the artist to capture the needed vibrancy and spontaneity in their work. Today the contemporary landscape artists are very much still “en plein air” artists, but there are a group of landscape artists that, while painting indoors, paint a light from a slightly different source.

These landscape artists tend to create work that is abstract or slightly abstract. And to understand their source of light, you have to understand the abstract artist. The abstract artist has a painting style that is all together very different. The general consensus is that the abstract artist paints from within where there is more emotional and expressive energy. So if indeed these artists are painting a light source it would make sense that they are painting not the natural light on the outer world, but an expression of the inner light from within.

Artists and critics have yet to classify all the genres of abstract art. So at this present time there does not appear to be a classification for abstract artists painting “the light from within.” But what does it really mean to paint this way?

First of all, not every abstract landscape artist attempts to paint an obvious light source within their work. And, those that do are generally unaware as to why they are doing it other than the fact that it may look intriguing. But considering what the light source represents from those abstract landscape artists that have spoken about it, it is something very soulful and connected with the individual. One way to explain it would be to say the light represent their our own souls connection with its source.

You see, without trying to re-create reality, some abstract landscape artists go within themselves to reveal on the canvas an essence of nature and also the source of nature, all while they are aware that the two are a part of themselves. The end result is something they consider spiritual, uplifting, or possibly healing. Of course, this is not to say that “en plein air” artists do not have these same emotions when painting, it’s just a different way to express the light source.

Abstract Landscape Painting – “Bursting Sun”


Bursting Sun by Jaison Cianelli ©2009 
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bursting_sun_detailBursting Sun – Detail

Abstract Paintings Have a Purpose?

It depends on the artist, but generally, yes abstract paintings have a purpose.  The purpose is simply to beautify your surroundings with intrigue.  Ok, but why do people pay so much for  what looks like a canvas with some paint thrown on it?  Abstract paintings can actually be very affordable if purchased from an up and coming artist.  And believe it or not, most often there was a deliberate attempt at where that paint landed on the canvas.  The beauty of abstract art, both for the artist and the viewer, is that anyone can take what they see and interpret it however they see fit.

There are many different interpretations of abstract art.  An artist can be completely non-representational, or he/she can conjure up recognizable forms and symbols.  In a broad spectrum of abstract paintings, you can find landscapes, seascapes, natural objects, and colorful shapes and forms.  All and all, abstract paintings tend to have a strong focus on color patterns, and/or texture.  In this modern day, with photography, digital art, and the ability to create prints, it’s no wonder why artists are seeking to make it perfectly clear that what you see on the canvas was in-fact created with a more personal human element.  How you ask?  Through building up layers of texture, depth, or using a glazing technique that collects and redistributes light, making the paint appear luminous.

There is so much joy in painting abstractly because the walls of rigid preconception are torn down.  Many artists are using abstract art as a means to release feelings, and also as a way to freely express what they have seen in nature.  When something is done in spirit and spontaneity, it’s obvious and it shows in the work.  The purpose of abstract art is to capture this essence and bring this joy into the lives of others.

New Abstract Landscape Paintings

As of writing this I have finished my 3rd landscape. I am very excited. I hope that this enjoyment will take me through completing  7 or more paintings. I have been gearing up my website for these paintings. This collection of paintings should be uploaded at my website within the coming months. The originals will be for sale straight from my site. Like most everything I do, they are simple…large…slightly abstract… and demonstrate a love of color.

Here’s a sneak peak at one abstract landscape, 20″ x 30″ acrylic on gallery canvas: