Carole Huber Art Blog
I had a feeling that moving out of doors was definitely changing how I approach an abstract painting. I saw a distinct difference between what I had done before and what was happening in my most recent paintings. My friend, Jeffrey Boys, who is a real art historian, reminded me that we tend to forget that abstract paintings were once of two very distinct varieties: Abstract Expressionist and Abstract Impressionist. The latter term was coined by Elaine de Kooning to distinguish this type of painting from the action painting of the Abstract Expressionist movement. I have found forms growing more fluid and my brush strokes more reflective of my emotional state. I read that the Abstract Impressionists used short and intense brushstrokes or non-traditional application of paints and textures, done slowly and with purpose, using the passage of time as an asset and a technique. Also, I found that some of my favorite abstract artists Milton Resnick, Philip Guston, Sam Francis, Richard Poussette-Dart, and Jean-Paul Riopelle painted in this fashion. The brush strokes of this movement remind me of the work of Vincent Van Gogh. I find these artists painting with a very high level of emotional intensity.