Surreal Abstract Bird Skull With Lines

Surreal abstract bird skull and lines, orange, brown & tan on blue-green, geometric art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Dormiveglia, a word meaning the semi-conscious state between wakefulness and sleep.

This is actually the same bird skull as in Love From Ornithurae, which I had no intention of using for multiple pieces. But in playing around with composition using the already-edited bird skull, I saw the germ of this image and had to develop it.

Update: I made a black and white version of this image, too. It’s called Dormiveglia Black.

Continue reading “Surreal Abstract Bird Skull With Lines”

Black and White Abstract Heart

Black and white geometric abstract heart, bird skull with lines, surreal art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Gray Love From Ornithurae, and breaks down like this:

‘Ornithurae’ is the taxonomic term for the clade birds are a part of.

‘Gray’ because it’s black and white (the color version being Love From Ornithurae), but it’s more than a mere description of whether there’s color or not. Typically there’ll be a color version of my images too, and I love the poetic effect of appending gray or black onto the color title.

Continue reading “Black and White Abstract Heart”

Surreal Abstract Bird Skull Heart

Geometric abstract bird skull heart with white lines, red on blue surreal art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Love From Ornithurae. Ornithurae is a taxonomic term, being the clade birds are a part of. It’s a slightly twisted title given that the vaguely love-heart-shaped thing is a bird skull. But the name is appealingly ironic to me.

There was a vague hint of two heart chambers in the original photo, but they were mostly constructed during editing.

Continue reading “Surreal Abstract Bird Skull Heart”

Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone With Circle

Surreal abstract elephant bone with circle on blue background, geometric art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Disconnect the Dots.

It’s the first in a series of three, the others being Disconnecting the Dot and Disconnecting the Gray Dot.

I notice in these posts I often talk more about the title than the image. That’s because there’s not much expounding to do about the art itself. The process starts with perusing my photos of subject matter I’m aesthetically attracted to, often bones at the moment (actually for years now). Then I select one with shapes and tones I think have potential, crop, and play with colors and geometry to till I like the result.

Continue reading “Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone With Circle”

Surreal Abstract Seashell With Lines

Vintage-look geometric abstract shell, yellow and blue surreal art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Lemon Laeotrope. Laeotropic means turning to the left, often in reference to shells. So I made a noun of it, and prefixed a color reference. It’s a poetic-sounding phrase, but actually entirely prosaic when you break it down.

I thought about putting sinistral in the title instead, which means the same as laeotropic and is also a nice title-worthy word, but I like the alliteration of what I chose. Incidentally, dextral means spiraling in the opposite direction to the shell pictured.

Continue reading “Surreal Abstract Seashell With Lines”

Surreal Abstract Circle With Elephant Bone

Peach & blue surreal abstract circle with elephant bone, art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Disconnecting the Dot.

It’s the second in a series of three. Disconnect the Dots is the original, and has a dark color scheme and slightly different composition. The third is black and white and named Disconnecting the Gray Dot.

Like a lot of my work at the moment, this piece has a simple composition. Despite that, or perhaps because of, balancing the space and light was still very challenging.

Continue reading “Surreal Abstract Circle With Elephant Bone”

Surreal Abstract Frog Bone

Rust-colored frog skull with black lines against a faded green/blue background. Rectangular surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Chalice, the eponymous chalice being a frog skull.

I love the look of bones, and I’m continually drawn to them in my work. Their forms are fascinating and mysterious. They also vary hugely, both within an individual organism and across species. Which, being as I can’t seem to leave them out of my art, is a boon for me.

There is also a black and white variation of this picture named Black Chalice.

Continue reading “Surreal Abstract Frog Bone”