Saturday, 5 April 2014

Create Abstract Art from Everyday Objects: the Corkscrew by Keith Busby

Ideas for abstract art can be found in the most unexpected places. Everyday objects stripped bare will reveal weird and bizarre visual aspects for art exploration. The point is the creative process by which the artwork was conceived. The subject of this article is this abstract painting in acrylics derived from a corkscrew by Keith Busby.

Ideas on How to Create Art from Objects

I Wish They'd Put a Cork in It by Keith Busby
The artist has taken the corkscrew and processed the image until the object is almost unrecognizable, yet reveals something of itself. The viewer may not necessarily realize this swirling, almost psychedelic imagery is a corkscrew, but this is not the point. By distilling this image, the artist has stripped apart the object and created a new way of seeing it.

Abstract Painting of a Corkscrew

The object was originally grey, yet has revealed an array of colors and patterns by stripping apart the chromatic components. The viewer may ask what the painting represents, feeling that the curious patterns are not random, but have meaning. The image is derived from something.

In order to create this piece of artwork, the original image went through several processes, which are as follows:
  • The corkscrew was photographed against a blank background.
  • The background was then cleaned by using Paint (other image software can do this)
  • Paintshop Pro was used to reduce the colours to sixteen. This separates out the grey into its constituent colors.
  • The image then went through an artistic effect found on the programme. This was ‘enamel’ and then ‘topography’.
  • The image was then twisted via a distortion effect.
  • The resultant image was printed.
Creating Abstract Art

The artist could have used other effects to create a different result. Doing so can create weird and unexpected effects. The possibilities are endless. Once the image was created, the artist lightly sketched the object onto primed hardboard (or MDF) which had been smoothed with fine glasspaper. Flat colors were applied via acrylic paint. As acrylics dry quite quickly, the artist applied the paint in stages and in layers. There are roughly three layers of paint, which was applied via wide, soft brushes, but fine sables for the detail.

Art Pigments Used for Abstract Painting

To create, opaque blocks of color, the pigments weren’t mixed, but applied straight from the tube. Titanium white, black, cobalt blue, cadmium yellow (medium), cadmium orange. pyrrole red and Payne’s grey were used. The paint was applied in stages to create an even opaque finish.

How to Create Abstract Art from Simple Objects

This abstract painting in acrylics by Keith Busby has been sourced from an everyday object, in this case, a corkscrew. Rather than copy the subject matter faithfully, the artist has taken the image and processed it through various stages to create a new image entirely.  Here we can see qualities within the object not realized from an orthodox approach. Stripped apart, the humble corkscrew has revealed an alternative self that may cause the viewer to pause, take a second look and ask questions.

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