Abstraction or Not

Abstraction: the act of considering something in terms of general qualities; emphasizing line, color, and non-representational form. The elements of abstraction are 1 - line, 2 - shape-form-mass. 3 - pattern-texture, 4 - scale-proportion-space, 5 - value, 6 - color. These elements are always on my mind while painting. I have been breaking down water surfaces; simplifying in terms of these elements. Here is a painting detail.

This painting's finish size is 20" X 20", perhaps that is not large enough. Some how the more abstract paintings tend to be more effective really large, like one needs to shout out a word.

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