Franz Kline Inspiration

I’m an art fan of all mediums and have a penchant for pieces that tend to be dark and moody (I’m currently dying for Emma Bennett’s paintings and Jennie Prince’s photography). It’s that combination, as well as the bold, heavy lines and graphic appeal, that draws me so much to the work of American Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline.

Untitled-Franz Kline

Cardinal-Franz Kline

Untitled-Franz Kline

And I’m certainly not alone. In 2013, Kline’s “Painting No. 3″ fetched a whopping $2,811,750 at auction for Christie’s.

So what’s a girl to do when she’s lusting after original art that’s just a *smidge* out of her price range?

DIY, of course.

With a bottle of black, a bottle of white (Billy Joel, anyone?) and a little bit of burnt umber, I channeled my inner artist and went for my own version of a Kline original.

It's me...it's Franz...well, let's just pretend, shall we?

It’s me…it’s Franz…well, let’s just pretend, shall we?

My Golden Pyrenees puppy Charlie kept me company as I painted away. When I was done, I stood back to stare at my master piece. As you can see, Charlie was thoroughly unimpressed.

But the fact is that anyone can try their hand at abstract art. All it takes is a little courage, a dash of gusto, and a big glass of “I-could-give-a-rat’s-ass”. I mean, it’s supposed to be abstract, not perfect. And if anyone asks, you were trying to convey “anguish and angst in equal parts”. Then take a sip of champagne with your pinky out.

-Roxanne

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