I am amazed how beautiful the world can be. Looking at a beach on a sunny day can leave me speechless, overcome with the beauty of the colours, shapes, textures and the crackling feeling of “Life” permeating the environment. The beaches around Hawaii and Australia, or anywhere in the world, are wonderful for observing this. Abstract art is a way of getting directly to the “Life” that we are, the Life that inspires art in the first place. Abstract art removes the story found in a representational work and can communicate the feeling directly. It is a direct communication between the artist and the viewer.
I suppose you could compare it to an instrumental music piece that has not words, just the feeling. That is why I love Bach so much, his genius was that he could communicate so directly and intensely. It was and is a spiritual experience to listen to his music. There are many visual artists who can do the same thing. Many of the Abstract Expressionists of the early 20th century set a new standard in art as they explored communication with out representing something.
My favorite artist is Paul Gauguin. Perhaps because he was so in love with the tropics but in my opinion, his work is an open window into that Life that I am talking about. It was not exactly abstract art but his work is a window into the infinite.
There is no “Life” in the sand, water or sky. The life I feel when I am looking at the ocean, is what I project there myself. (Unless a fish suddenly jumps.) The experience of life and beauty is always a matter of my own awareness, not something in the landscape. (To test this, just go to the beach when you are in a bad mood and notice how little beauty you can see.)
A great work of art can create this same awareness of “Life.” A painting is created by the artist, but we can only experience the life of the art based on our own awareness. (Again to prove this, go to a gallery when you are in a bad mood and notice how little life you see. Or listen to music in a bad mood and notice how little you enjoy it.)
Therefore, what I think is happening when we view a great painting, or listen to great music, is that it allows us to glimpse the beauty of our own Infinite Awareness.
The fine artist is able, with his terrific skill, to wondrously reveal to the viewer just a tiny glimpse of their infinite inner awareness. In other words, fine art causes us to become more aware of our inner self. The better the art, the more this happens. This is why great art (including music, dance, drama etc. of course) is cherished above all else. This is a huge responsibility for artists and they can never stop improving and expanding their skills in order to perfect this most important ability. (And it is not easy, I can tell you that for sure.)
What I love about the beach is not only it’s beauty, but it is also symbolic of standing at the threshold of the great mystery of life. As Paul Gauguin said, We don’t know where we come from, why we are here or where we are going next. This is a mystery that is so big most humans don’t even try to confront it. But I have always wondered about these things and when I stand on the shore of the great ocean it reminds me of standing on the shore of the greatest mystery and wondering what the heck is going on here.
I hope my paintings evoke this feeling of infinity in you and reveal to you at least a glimpse of your own Inner Awareness. I will consider myself an artist if I succeed in doing that for you. If not, I will keep trying.
“I was given a Sandy Abbott seascape for my birthday recently, it now hangs in my home with pride. Every time I gaze at this painting I am moved to another place that is warm, sunny, tranquil and not so far away. I love my painting.”
Glenda Walsh ~ Jazz Singer www.glendawalsh.com
Melbourne, Australia 2016
The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.
- Pablo Picasso
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education. Thesis in photography.
University of Hawaii , 1980.
High School Art Teachers Certificate
University of Hawaii , 1978.
BA degree. Fine Arts Major, Science Minor
University of Washington , Seattle , 1973.
High School Diploma Emphasis in Art
Punahou High School , Honolulu , Hawaii Graduated 1967.
All American Swim Team 1966.
Class President, Honor roll, Presidents Award. 1967
Art Related Employment
1980-2005 Taught Art and Graphic Design in High Schools and Community Colleges in Melbourne, Sydney Australia.
1978-79 University of Hawaii . Art Department. I helped 1st and 2nd year students with art projects and exam preparation.
1967 Punahou Art Festival Honolulu Hawaii .
1968 University of Washington Student Art Exhibition
1974 Orlando City Art Show Orlando, Florida
1977 University of Hawaii Student Group Show
1978 University of Hawaii Student Group Show
1978 Honolulu Magazine Annual Photography Contest Honorable Mention
1979 Hawthorn City Art Gallery Victoria Photography show.
1980 St Kilda Art Festival
1981 Echuca Arts Centre One many Photography show.
1982 St Kilda Arts Festival
1995 Celebrity Centre, One man painting show. Portland Oregon
1996 Community Centre Byron Bay NSW, Group art show
2000 Group show Waywood Gallery Byron Bay
2001 Group show Waywood Gallery Byron Bay
2004 Manly Art Market
I grew up in Hawaii living on a beautiful beach. I spent many hours looking at the surf and was influenced by the stunning beauty of the ocean and beaches. I lived in Byron Bay for several years and again was stunned by the beautiful beaches and ocean scenes there too.
I am amazed how beautiful the world can be. Looking at a beach on a sunny day can leave me speechless, overcome with the beauty of the colours, shapes, textures and the crackling feeling of "Life" permeating the environment. The beaches around Sydney , or anywhere in the world, are wonderful for this.
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