Fork In The Road

Paintings from beyond about how the universe works. Original acrylics on canvas by Don Shapiro.

Abstract Art Is In The Intent

All who attempt to create abstract art do not come with the same intent. Abstract art is not about just putting paint on the canvas anyway you want. It is not about huge brushstrokes, small brushstrokes, rolling the paint, splattering the paint, working fast, working slow, painting lines and shapes, painting no shapes. Abstract art does not start with technique.

You must have something to communicate, a meaning to express in order to paint in the abstract. The closer you are to your soul, to the inner voice reflecting the frequency of the universe, the better. Without such a voice, abstract art is too easily reduced to painting on the surface. It may look interesting and even decorative. It might even be done with masterful craft skills. But it will lack depth and purpose. It will fail to communicate meaning to those who view it.

The highest calling of art is to express that which is beyond our physical world and physical senses. It is to reach into the vast and intricate web of existence to extract a fleeting moment of clarity about who we are, where we came from and what we can be.


4 Responses to “Abstract Art Is In The Intent”

  1. Hello, thank you for your share. i cant find your twitter account on site, can you please share, i want became your follower in twitter.

    • Don Shapiro says:


      My Twitter account is donshapiro1 but I do not play the I’ll follow you if you follow me game. Just don’t do that. You can follow me if you want to.



      • Champ says:

        Good points Jon,I don’t like the QB rotation with ACS and Crum, but at that point in the game and the way the offense was going I think the coaches wanted to try just about anything. Hopefully what the offense did late will be a spark for the rest of the season. It’s very evident from talking to ACS he di&n2#8d17;t like the rotation.I won’t lose any sleep if I don’t make it back to Provo for a game for a while. LOLTake care and thanks as always. Have a good rest of the weekend.RG

  2. Clara says:

    Yes. I think there’s a difference between “screwed and therefore likes kink” and &#;se082cr2wed, also likes kink.” That’s not to say a certain experience wouldn’t lead someone to certain preferences, but sometimes it appears to be the prevailing assumption in all cases that something has caused a person to be a certain way–when perhaps something just showed them what they were in the first place. That an experience is a knife rather than a mirror, if you see what I mean.

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