I have made a breakthrough!
I guess you'd have to know what I was looking for, because these seems so unlike me, kinda low contrast, and uncolorful. But the question that kept arising in my mind when I looked at the work of artists like Elaine Daily Birnbaum, or Adele Sypesteyn (and here) was how did they get there? Since the work is not representational, how did they make it so intriguing and interesting?
#1 is 8" square, #2 is 9" square and #3 is 12" square.
I am trying to explain something that is all about the experience of doing, and having the result be what happened while I was getting there. There is no there, there, but the ride was exhilarating.
So I feel armed with the 'secret' and can try again to do more, only stronger with more color, I think. Altho I do love that I did two beige paintings!
Or are they drawings?
When I was in jr. college painting class, I painted a 4 foot square canvas light purple, and then brought it to drawing class and painted the model in dark purple on my canvas. It was an excellent drawing but when I brought it to my painting teacher (a ceramicist who didn't actually paint....) he said it wasn't a painting. It was a drawing. Talk about closing the door on my idea, but I only bring it up because there was no concept of combining these two ideas into one format. Nowadays, mixed media is so everywhere, and loved and accepted. Thank heaven!
If I had a kid who wanted to be an artist, I wouldn't send them to school for it, but instead have them take week long workshops with lots of artists where they really could learn something. I didn't learn a thing in my undergrad painting classes. Seriously.