Summer Abstract Series

Here’s the birth story to my first painting collection and Etsy shop:

Back in the beginning of May I had a streak of inspiration. An artist I follow on Instagram shared a series she started based on the desert. They were simple abstracted paintings of desert things and they really caught my attention. It got me thinking about composition and how to be better at it. As an art teacher it has been a hard concept to teach to middle schoolers. It’s difficult to explain why one arrangement of shapes looks better than another arrangement of shapes to thirteen year olds. Hell, you might be lost at the concept.

How I attempt to explain it is composition is just the arrangement of elements. Those elements are or some combination of shapes, colors, textures, and forms. For example, a banana, an orange, and an apple and where you place them on the table.

One day when I was watching students in ISS (in school suspension, yep, that’s right) I started sketching.

Prior to this sketching, I had taken a Skillshare class exploring the elements of art and illustration style. I didn’t expect that little class to be groundbreaking for me but I did realize I am drawn to combinations of warm and cool colors where one accentuates the other. Thus, my color palette for the series.

The shapes and colors together reminded me of summer. The first painting I made reminded me of a sunset at Big Sur which then reminded me of my trip last summer. So I titled it “Summer Forever Because Everything Else Sucks.” And put it on Etsy. If you would like to purchase any of these paintings (I would love you forever) they are $30 and that includes shipping!

After that one, I decided to do 10 in the series and give each a name that made me laugh or roll my eyes about summer.

Want to Come Over and Sit in the Air Conditioning?

Let’s Go On A Hike in the Desert But Not Too Far **SOLD**

The Good Bands Start Past My Bedtime

This Humidity Really Works Wonders On My Hair

I Buy Expensive Sunscreen **SOLD**

I Need To Tell You Mosquitos Love Me

It’s a Pool Party, BYOB, Preferably Local Craft Beer

Red Wine and Blue… Berries

Since We’re On Vacation We Should Definitely Ride Bikes