Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Meaning of Abstract Art

I am often asked: 
What does it mean?
This means:
What is this art about?
Is there a message?
Is it supposed to be something?

The beauty of abstract art (I tell them)
is that it can be anything you 
want it to be!

What do you see?
What does it remind you of?
Do you feel a certain emotion?

One reason I love living with abstract art
is that it can give you many moments
of different ideas, responses and discoveries.
Let's be honest.
Abstract art is mysterious.

I paint to 'express' my current mindset
or mood or life experience.

I paint to work things out.
Like therapy!

My abstract art is also informed by things I see
Places I go
and people I spend time with or think about
(or dream about)

I live life and photograph it.
(an important part of my Artist Statement)

My photo art informs my abstract paintings.
and vice versa.

I am inspired by absolutely everything.

Everything is alive to me.
Everything has a story or a history.

Landscapes ignite my creative output.
So do Sunday mornings. 
I talked about this in my latest newsletter.
(you can receive it on Fridays too if you

What is the meaning of abstract art?

The simple answer is:

It's up to you!


If you want to contact me
please email
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Thank You

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

The Story of Naked Ken

My Daughter, who writes for HuffPost and her popular blog 'The Pearl Curriculum' recently shared a short video (filmmaker future?) about naked Ken.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Inn on The Park Toronto

Where I lived when my family first moved to Toronto from Ottawa. (1965) Inn on the Park was a luxury hotel that once graced the hill overlooking Leslie Street and Eglinton Avenue. 
The hotel was surrounded by 600 acres of parkland, and included CafĂ© Discotheque, Canada's first disco. There were Olympic-sized pools, a small golf course and a ballroom.
Built by Architect Peter Dickinson, who built the first Four Seasons Hotel in 1961. From the air the hotel appeared as the Star of David, a tribute to founder Isadore Sharp's Jewish origins.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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