|Vajra Visions #4 |
Watercolor on Lanaquarelle, 21" x 21" © Kristine Fretheim
Another feature of abstraction is it's dependence on design. Since there are usually no objects portrayed, abstract painting is considered to be pure design. Both abstract and representational painting benefit from a thorough understanding of design. Principles and elements of design energize the compositions of any genre of painting, realistic or abstract. Look closely and you see that abstract forms exist as various design elements within recognizable objects and their surrounding compositions. A reed is a reed. This seems to be true because most of us don't look long enough to see the illusory nature of the reed, the lily or the shadow. Everything is abstract. Really.