Charcoal abstracts

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Another class I’m taking, is Karine Swenson’sIntro to abstract painting‘. It’s a great class! Karine is so calm, just working intuitively and encouraging her students to really explore and find their own way in art, very inspiring!
The first lesson is all about charcoal drawings. I had so much fun exploring different kinds of shapes, lines and marks, and smudging the charcoal, that I made a whole bunch of drawings. There are so many possibilities with this medium that I tried as much as I could think of to find what way of working and what style I like best. Here’s what I did.
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl
Charcoal abstract drawing by Randy Roelen - Groenebanaan.nl

I really like some of these but not all of them. I’m amazed though with what I could come up with. I really tried to work intuitively and most of the time was succesfull in that :)

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  1. I never really “got” abstract artwork. I don’t really “get” much artwork, to be honest. :X

    • Me neither! That’s why I’m trying to get out of my head and work intuitively. But that takes a lot of practice!

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