Abstract Family

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been sharing what happens when you present the same subject matter in two different artistic methods and how that can change the way an image impacts the viewer. This week I am going to dive a little deeper into that using a variety of abstract art methods. I used one of these examples in a post that I did in 2014, but this time around wanted to show how four different results came from one group of small statues.

OK, now that I have confused the issue, let me start with the process I went through using the original subject matter. That subject matter is two small statues that go together and represents a family; a mother holding a  child and a father with a child on his shoulders. Having been married for 47 years and raising three incredible daughters, my wife and I celebrate family.  

I started the process by taking those two statuettes and placing them in a light box snapping numerous pictures of the statues in slightly different positions settling ultimately on the three I have attached to this post. I was only using the photographs as a basis, so wasn’t concerned whether the shot was in perfect focus or not (which one isn’t). From that point I tried a variety of styles and methods creating numerous art prints and finally settling on the attached four.

Starting with the the first capture of the mother and child in the foreground and the father with child on his shoulders in the background:

With the resulting art prints being:

For the first print, I used an impasto technique (impasto done in acrylic or oil emphasizes strong and bold brush strokes).

The Family Unit in Soft Hues

On the second one I played with the colors using a fauvism style (fauvism: vivd expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color).

The Family Unit in Gold

Next up is the picture I used for the third art print. In this case I positioned the mother and father figure more side by side.

From this inspiration I created this:

Again, using a fauvism approach I created this art print with a complete change in colors.

The Family in Green

My last example comes from the next picture.

This basis was just slightly different in positioning of the statues resulting in the following:

For this fourth art print I used an abstract watercolor technique and again bold color choices.

The Family in Purple

I had fun with this series and just wanted to share one of the ways I come up with my art prints.


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28 thoughts on “Abstract Family

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Brad for your feedback and I truly feel blessed with my family!! Back to the art prints: the purple one is my personal favorite. Does that mean we both have great taste?? πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Have a great weekend!!

  1. Darlene

    What a clever method to create a number of different feels. I like the purple one too although the first print is a close second for me. Family is everything!

    1. Felipe Adan Lerma

      The fauvism and watercolor were my two favs, Kirt, though all had a particular emotional impact, even the originating sculpture work with its polished wood, like a moment preserved with poise! Interesting how things change so much with alterations of colors and texture! Can see where ya’ll’s 47 years and 3 children shines through in all, Kirt β™₯️

      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        Wow…thanks Felipe! We are blessed and do not take it for granted!! I had fun with the process. I appreciate your feedback and kind words!! My best to you and your family!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      My choice also!! Thanks Dan…it was a fun process and highlights some of the things I try to satisfy my creative side!! I appreciate the feedback and for you stopping by!! My best to you and your family. Have a great week!!

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    They’re all so different. That was an interesting experiment, Kirt. The sculptures are beautiful. I liked the impasto technique the best of the bunch, but all are fascinating.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diana for the feedback. I just wanted to share some of the stuff my brain conjures up as part of the creative process (and who would think I spent my career in the financial industry)! I had fun with this process and family means a lot to me!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!! My best to you and your family…have a great week!!

  3. Sue Slaght

    How fascinating to see the diversity of effect with different techniques Kirt. My favorites are the impasto technique and the abstract watercolor technique with the bold colors. The subject matter close to my heart as well. Perhaps especially in these times when priorities in life have become very clear. A fascinating post Kirt.

  4. denisebushphoto

    Absolutely amazing that today’s software can offer the tools to help make these artistic renditions. My favorite is the first acrylic style for the painterly look and brush strokes. Great post!


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