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I enjoy photographing floral still lifes, rural scenery, and so on; I’m sure it shows in the quantity of these types of images in my collection.  I also enjoy painting and illustration, particularly abstracts.  This combination of interests eventually led to the question:  Can a photograph do what a painting does? (If you’re not an artsy type and don’t get it, read on anyway.  No, I’m not really going to explain, but there are important insights and links to buy stuff so I can keep painting.)

Digital photography and image editing software have made it incredibly easy for artists and amateurs alike to create attractive pictures; as evidence of this, there are literally billions of nice looking images on the internet. 

But, as an artist who prefers painting abstracts, making pretty photos can sometimes become mundane.  My solution for this has been to seek unusual angles, unusual subjects, macros, and other techniques which result in images that appear more abstract.

It started a few years ago with a photographic tribute to Jackson Pollock’s artwork.  Viewers stared curiously at the tangles of light and dark, wondering what was the inspiration for choosing to photograph these particular things, then grinned at the moment of realization that it wasn’t really about the things (It rarely really is.).

This led to more images done in tribute to other abstract painters, like images inspired by Rothko’s glowing squares:

Minimalist Skylight by S.Lynnette

Minimalist Skylight by S.Lynnette (This image is available on a variety of products.)

Heavenly Light in the Loft by S.Lynnette

Heavenly Light in the Loft by S.Lynnette  (This image is available on a variety of products.)

Or, more recently, more images reminiscent of the abstract expressionists like Pollock:

Trees in the Snow

Trees in the Snow by S.Lynnette  (This one is available in large prints on canvas! and a variety of other products.)

Of course, I haven’t given up the floral and rural photography.  I do still like pretty pictures:

2011 Floral Calendar

2011 Floral Calendar by S.Lynnette (Nature and Rural Calendars and other products are also available.)

And some images are even available on jewelry now:

Owl Necklace by S.Lynnette

Owl Necklace by S.Lynnette

So if you see the abstract art and photography, and think to yourself “What on earth is that?”, don’t panic.  I still haven’t completely given up making pretty pictures.  If you’d like to see more, you can shop for merchandise printed with my images, or better yet, shop for original art.

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, December 29, 2010 at 06:00 PM EST)

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