“Splashes of Perception” (#293: Project 365 Sketches)
2013, Sun 20 Oct. A colleague told me she enjoyed my abstract doodles better than the “commute series”. The Facebook Likes that I get seem to suggest that more of my FB contacts appreciate the Abstracts more. My theory is that it has to do with the ability of the image to make a connection with the viewer. The commute sketches are largely “closed-ended”, in that there are limited ways to interpret them. You see a person standing or sitting in a mundane, everyday-way, and that’s about it. From a creative viewpoint, it’s also more restrictive (e.g. Paint a person with blue skin and that would appear weird). In contrast, the abstract pieces are more “open-ended”, both in style and interpretation. Abstracts evoke emotions primarily. The viewer make up a feeling within them, mostly unconsciously. That’s my layperson analysis anyway. Or heck, maybe the reason is a lot simpler: after a week of drab, people just appreciate a splash of colour and free-forms more.
[Sketch Club app; iPhone. #365sketches #SGmemory CC-BY-SA]