Taking what I call abstract pictures is so fun! It's like searching for treasures. To tell you the truth I thought I didn't like abstract paintings etc... I could never understand them. When I take a picture I look for more than what first meets the eye....can't say I know what I'm doing! I had to look up the definition of abstract just to see if I was on the right track giving this name to these pictures.
Here's what I found:
Abstract art communicates. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. Partial abstraction alters color and form in ways that are conspicuous. An abstract photo draws away from that which is realistic or literal. It draws away from natural appearances and recognizable subjects in the actual world. Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. "If you look at a photo and there’s a voice inside you that says 'What is it?'….Well, there you go. It’s an abstract photograph."
Guess I am on the right track! I enjoy the beauty (shapes...light...colors...lines); and the different feelings I get when I look at them (amazement...peace...joy...awe...nearness to God). Abstract paintings are said to be interpreted differently by each person. I believe "nature" is God's gift to each one of us. God Himself (through His Holy Spirit) will interpret the meaning of Truths and teach me all I need to know. (Romans 1:20)
Does my life feel like it's abstract and I can't see the whole picture? And since I can't know am I frustrated, angry, discontented, fearful? God doesn't show me the whole picture of my life. I need to search for and see the beauty in the abstract of where my life is now and allow Him to show me what I need to see. I may not be able to see what's next or the whole picture here on this earth, but by faith I can and do know the future picture! It is eternity with Jesus and I am only seeing a minute picture of that here and now, in eternity present (time). The space between eternity past and eternity future is time....and in reality it is short! So for this short time do I take time to look at how God paints abstract into what I see everyday? Do I search and long for it? Do I allow God to speak to me and teach me through it?