Archive for December, 2012

Abstract paintings combine geometric and organic shapes: city versus country?

December 31, 2012

Art Deco Dawn, detail, acrylic, 30" x 30", Karen Gillis Taylor

Art is better when there is a contrast of elements within the work. An abstract painting is more interesting to me if it is composed of strong geometric shapes and flowing organic ones. I found both of those elements here in this painting I made a few years ago. There is a story behind this one, and if abstract work has a story, I think it has meaning and some soul.

All of the people in my family have roots in both city and country life. City contains hard edge geometric shapes, and country forms give us the curving shapes and lines. Mom grew up in hard-edge Chicago, Dad had farming roots in his early life.

It’s December 31st, 2012 and our 26th wedding anniversary! Rob and I were married in the presidential suite at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado. We toured all the suites in the hotel a few weeks before the wedding, including the Beatles Suite, where those famous English boys stayed before their historic appearance at Red Rocks amphitheatre in the 1960’s. We decided to get married in the Eisenhower suite. It had a living room with a grand piano to host 50 guests, and oozed mid-century warmth that Ike and Mamie left behind. Brother Bob played jazz piano, Pastor Miller performed our ceremony. So we had a city wedding on New Year’s Eve, and I have to say, cities do inspire romance and magic as weddings go. (The country part was the honeymoon in Arizona, complete with visiting an Arabian horse farm, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon and a brief visit to the Grand Canyon to ooh and ahh.)

Art Deco Dawn, Karen Gillis Taylor

Art Deco Dawn, Karen Gillis Taylor

The city part of our lives as a family is about how Rob and our girls love to visit New York City and D.C. We also have enjoyed our latest travels to Chicago, where I was born, to see what an amazing city it has become. There is so much beauty in the world when we consider life is full of contrasts, and it’s not just about we see in a painting.

I will always be a nature loving person, so count me on the side of finding my inspiration mainly in the great outdoors. That’s just between you and me. 🙂

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