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Dawson-Elli, Patty

Dawson-Elli, Patty

Current work is created in an abstract format through the freedom and play of mark making. After about 20 steps of mark making, mostly with a limited palette, the piece is left to rest and decide what it will become (later). When the piece is revisited by me, after some time and distance, I can look at it with a fresh perspective. I do this on purpose so that I am not trying to create and paint at the same time as that introduces judgment and criticism into the process. Instead, after I have made the marks and let it rest, I can see what it has to offer for me to tweak and obtain a pleasing result. Exploring Abstract art has been the most relaxing and an exciting creative outlet since my retirement several years ago. I have always been attracted to Architecture and old buildings. Form and composition are what attracts me. I decided to paint Abstracts but had no idea how to begin! Only after studying and working with other abstract artists and changing to Acrylic paint did I find my niche.