Blue & White Surreal Abstract Shell With Cross

Deconstructed seashell with cross, surreal abstract art in blue and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Antelucan White.

It’s one of three variations, the others being Antelucan Red, which is red on a light blue background, and Antelucan Black, which is black and white.

The deconstructed shape is just one seashell that I chopped up and manipulated into the composition you see.

As prosaic as a broken old seashell might seem, when I found it sitting around the house I was thrilled. I instantly saw the potential in it, and I’d been having trouble finding material to photograph for my art.

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Black & White Surreal Abstract Shell With Cross

Deconstructed seashell with cross, surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Antelucan Black.

It’s one of three variations, the others being Antelucan Red, which is red on a light blue background, and Antelucan White, which is off-white on a darker blue.

I keep a list of title ideas, words or phrases that I either happen upon, arbitrarily think of, or specifically search for, and antelucan was one such. It means before dawn.

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Surreal Abstract Bird Skull With Lines

Bird skull beneath white lines, surreal abstract art in brown and blue-green 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.

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Surreal Abstract Bird Skull Heart – Black and White

Bird skull heart with white curved lines, surreal abstract art in black and white 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.

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Surreal Abstract Bird Skull Heart

Bird skull heart with white curved lines, surreal abstract art in red and blue 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.

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Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone With Circle

Circle surrounded by bone, surreal abstract art in tan and dark blue 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.

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Surreal Abstract Circle With Elephant Bone

Circle surrounded by bone, surreal abstract art in peach and blue 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.

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Surreal Abstract Circle With Bone

Circle surrounded by bone, surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Disconnecting the Gray Dot.

It’s the third in a series, a black and white version of the second, which is named Disconnecting the Dot. These first is called Disconnect the Dots, and is tonally very different, with a very dark background.

(Even when doing variations of an image I like to have different titles for each instead of numbering them.)

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Surreal Abstract Frog Bone

Frog skull with geometric lines. Surreal abstract art in rust and blue-green 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.

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