Surreal Abstract Seashell Collage on Rectangle

Blue seashell collage around yellow pinstriped black rectangle. Surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Organon.

Over the course of roughly a week after I thought I’d finalized this image, I kept needing to rework it. Balancing the brightness and colors of the elements proved really tricky, and each time I thought I’d cracked it, I’d wake up the next day with that niggling realization it still wasn’t quite right.

It evolved such that the background became lighter and lighter so as not to be overwhelmed by the blue shells, I introduced the yellow, dialled back the saturation of the colors to fix a cartoony look that had begun to emerge, and added solid black to the rectangle.

But why? Objectively there’s no right way for art to be, especially with abstract work. However, from behind these eyes there absolutely is a right way for it to be, though it’s mysterious and one of those I-know-it-when-I-see-it situations (which makes editing an imprecise and iterative process).

There’s a peach and blue version of this image named Peach Organon, and a black and white version called Gray Organon.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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