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Sorting out labels for art styles

Autumn Swamp 12x16

Abstract or Figurative Style Art

One thing I have noticed about being an artist is you have to prove you can
“draw” before anyone takes you seriously. Even if the style is abstract expressionism, many art buyers want to know that the artist has skills, and that she could paint realistically if the mood caught her.

A look at Pablo Picasso’s early work proves the point. He didn’t just jump to cubism, it was a process. Certainly he gained respect and notoriety along the way. He was awesome like that.

I consider Autumn Swamp, my original painting featured above to be figurative. It represents forms that are recognizably derived from life, stimulates a mood in the beholder, but is not photo-realistic. This painting below, entitled Autumn Calling, is inspired by the same scene in my creative psyche. Of course, some folks may completely reject the figuratism and say it’s completely abstract expression.

Autumn Calling
Part of the Imaginary Flora series by Francelle Theriot

There’s an interesting article about Abstract vs. Figurative Art published by that provides some very interesting definitions and examples from more famous artists than I.

I’d love to know what your thoughts and preferences are. Please leave a comment or share this post.

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from my original artwork titled The Pier, inspired by summer’s on Belle River, LA.

The American life that my family and I are living here in south Louisiana and the DFW area of Texas is so colorful and creative. I love to travel abroad, but I also think that everyone who lives in these great United States today should be kissing the ground we walk on. There’s no place like America to call home, especially the southern exposures.

From the swampy Cajun land where I hail from, to the mountains where we love to ski, and all the way to the beaches that beckon and tease, I celebrate life from a creative mother’s point of view. I hope you’ll check in now and again when the moment moves you, of follow my blog at

Join me on the journey and add some new hues and values to your beautiful life.

Francelle Theriot