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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

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Take me to the river with the campy artwork

For as long as I’ve lived, the water has spoken to me. Brown water, blue water, green water, clear water, river water, lake water, sea water, and even bayou water. Here’s a little series I worked up with my digital art skills. I’m going to be working this concept into an acrylic on canvas series as well. LOVE negative space and painterly texture!

These watery blue scenes take you to your favorite fishing hole, camp or marina…even if it’s just in your dreams. A mix of photo realism, with a modern painterly background, irresistible for home or office

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These and all original abstract landscape watercolor painting and digital images are property of Francelle Theriot. Copyright 2017-All rights reserved.

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Sunrise, sunset

Wherever you are in your journey of American life, there’s time for the ebbs and flow of special moments. Moments of reflection and self nurturing aren’t always obvious. Sometimes you have to close your eyes and force yourself to take a minute to focus on the positive times in your life, and intend for there to be more.

I like to think of water and light. Any recent scene will do, and if it’s not live, you can watch a little Island Life, or Beachfront Bargain Front on HGTV to help set the mood. I am absolutely convinced that these shows were designed as self-help for mothers.

This creative mother is lucky to have been to so many great water destinations over the years. Whether real or imagined, current or from memory, there is nothing like a great coastline to cleanse the body and mind and reset your “lucky meter.”

What’s a lucky meter you say? A lucky meter is that inner voice that whines to you that you don’t have enough, aren’t comfortable with the present circumstances, and that you’ve been treated unfairly. Everybody has one. Your “lucky meter” can also be a loud reminder that nothing hurts, you have all the basics, and you’re so privileged to be living in America today with the freedom to do what you choose, say what you want, and change anything you don’t like.

You always have control of your lucky meter, no matter what anyone says or does. It’s yours, just like your head, or your hands… Which are two very useful human tools you’ve been gifted with as well. Remember to use them!