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Improvisation. Day Three #30paintingsin30days, “Espresso No Milk V3”

Composing without a plan or preparation, that’s the type of improvisation I’m thinking about. Improvisation In Painting. Greetings!  I was thinking about my process for this acrylic study and the word “improvisation” came to mind. Its like riffing on a theme of an espresso cup and pitcher.  If musicians can do it, why not painters? […]

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Toward Non-Objective Abstraction

Abstraction – What? Early on, I thought I’d explore abstraction.  I had never purposefully studied abstraction and wanted to know what it was about.  I didn’t even know the difference between abstract and non-objective abstract. Defined, or Not. I looked up definitions for abstraction.  Abstraction is the result of a process…and it gets much more […]

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September Brings Abstraction to Art du Jour Gallery

Rondo in Color, painting by Millie Clarke

Rondo in Color, by Millie Clarke

Millie Clarke Millie Clarke, Featured Artist for September at Art du Jour Gallery, will show her new collection of vibrant acrylic abstract art. Clarke’s work has been described as “having wild spontaneity but with controlled esthetics”. She is noted for using colors in imaginative ways and in employing texture to add interest to her pieces. In her new collection, Clarke uses one foot by four feet canvases. The interspacing of straight bars over her creations provides the viewer with “windows” into the painting. These works may be hung vertically or horizontally.


The exhibit includes a large 30” x 40” work titled “Rondo in Color.” This piece is a fusion of paint-handling techniques which Clarke uses that includes scraping, scratching and wiping. The plane of a large painted area gains tension from her use of shaped and scratched smaller blocks of contrasting

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