Style and content

Reflecting on my own work…in particular the abstract images I’ve been working on for the past months. I’ve been observing how the images have been forming. In particular, the relationship between the aspect of visual appeal and any meaning or symbolism that develops as layers are added. I’ve posted some thoughts already about when a piece of artwork can be considered as finished. From my own perspective as the artist, when I clearly ‘see’ or recognize some symbolism or idea that reflects back to me a message, or, the elements within the image show strong enough relationship to one another (in the case of an abstract), I then pay attention to other visual aspects in the same way as I might with a single photographic image. Things like tone, contrast, colour etc.