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This painting is part of my Environmental Series in which I used the butterfly as a metaphor for all living things threatened by climate change and human impacts.
It fits in the abstraction category, I think, because, although the design may suggest butterfly, the markings are just simplified and flattened shapes. The paintings relies on the elements of design: color, line, shape and pattern.
In this painting I set out to create an abstraction. I used shapes, line, color and texture to create a pleasing design. The way the shapes and lines connected reminded me of something plaid. When nearly finished I decided to add a touch of complementary color and bit of realism with the branch of sunlit sumac. Thus the painting became, “Autumn Plaid”.
Beginning with a bright palette of colors I began to make shapes and lines without regard to anything real. As I finished the shapes and colors reminded me of the sea and the enjoyment I’ve had sailing, so I named it accordingly.
This is an abstraction because there is no realism, although the title, colors and shapes may suggest thing in the real world.