This is an abstract portrait painting of an Art Goddess. The artwork is 9″x12″ and was created with pens, watercolor, paint pens, and markers. Multiple layers of medium were energetically and organically built up to create an abstract female face, with broad strokes of watercolor and detailed pen lines used to push and pull the space. The essence of creativity is playfully depicted as an Art Goddess, with the face as an almost universally recognizable lead in to the visual art.

As I’ve grown into art, I realized that I have developed a deliberate way of expressing myself visually. Perhaps the same way that some have a deeper understanding of other tools for expression and communication, like math, language, or music. I feel a deep appreciation for those other creative processes, even though I don’t understand the intricacies of them, I know there are areas of overlap and mutual insight. So I added a few subtle reminders of other tools that enrich and nurture visual art.

I also wondered, if more people were taught to convey emotions or concepts via color and shape more consistently, what new ways of thinking about the world would we discover? What unknown creativity awaits behind the Goddess’ eyes? And what flashes behind yours?

Abstract Portrait Painting of an Art Goddess

Art Goddess | Abstract Portrait Painting

14 thoughts on “Art Goddess | Abstract Portrait Painting

  • August 19, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Michael,
    This is really a rich piece in color and form . I love the subtle little elements of math and lettering. It’s a wonderful tribute to arts and intellectual endeavors.

    Her eyes seem familiar and warm and inviting.

  • August 20, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Thanks Vikki,
    I appreciate your feedback! πŸ™‚

  • August 20, 2008 at 8:34 am

    The eyes are mesmerizing. And I love the little details one can pick out as one studies and absorbs this piece.

    Lovely work, man.

  • August 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    this is beautiful. The painting is so full of life and the goddess has a very kind, nurturing face.

  • August 21, 2008 at 2:44 am

    I think that you’ve found your art focus and style here, Michael. This is just magical! I love the colors, of course.

    My costuming label was Blue Goddess~
    PS Would you please email me re your sketches of Mr. Frank?

  • August 21, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Hi Lou,
    Thanks for mentioning the details, I enjoyed pushing this one a little further than usual.

  • August 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for commenting Sara. πŸ™‚ I visited your portfolio and I like the the rich colors in your artwork. The flowers are really sweet and personal feeling being so close up, yet they’re not overwhelming. Nice work!

  • August 21, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Thanks Dina! I was feeling more comfortable than usual while creating this one, so I think you’re right!

    I’ll email those sketches.

  • October 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    hi Michael!!!
    This is just beautifullllll..!!!!
    It seems as if ,the,Goddess has found what she really wanted….VERY PLEASING!!!
    Gud Luck for ur work…
    God Bless!!

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks umesh! I like your comments. πŸ™‚

  • March 3, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    i think these abstract portraits are amazing, i am actually applying to an art highschool, and i have to make a portrait of myself, and these gave me a lot of inspiration

  • March 11, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Thank you niki! Good luck with your admission to art school and artistic pursuits! πŸ™‚

  • March 29, 2009 at 10:18 am

    that is perfect!!

  • April 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you iris! πŸ™‚

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