Over the past five years I have been exploring the many complexities of transparent watercolor as a way of moving in the direction of abstract painting. During the 60’s and 70’s I painted large abstracts on canvas. The 80’s and early 90’s saw a move toward realism and wildlife to satisfy my need explore new venues. Now that we have moved into a new century, I find that I have come full circle in releasing my creative juices to produce a personal statement in abstract imagery.
I have always been fascinated by watercolor and its transparent quality. But for me, that was not enough. I felt watercolor should be pushed to its limit through continuous exploration and play in order to achieve a multitude of accidental and planned textural effects. Abstraction allows me the freedom to paint for the “pure pleasure of painting”. It also enables me to develop multiple layers of texture, color and shape in order to build a composition that is extremely complex and refreshing without the wear and tear of pre-planning. Painting as an act of creativity is fun! It allows me to step back, take a deep breath and let the painting speak for itself. Sometimes it speaks of lyricism. It should be visualized optically in much the same manner as one senses the audio quality in the layering of sounds, rhythms and mood complexities of good music. At other times, it may evoke the sense of smell with its juxtaposition of line, alternating warm and cool hues, tantalizing textures and subtle shapes that suggest the Scent of Summer Emerging.

Theodore W. Vassar

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