detail of an abstract painting

paintings on canvas
original prints on paper and metal
small works on canvas and paper
mixed media on aluminum

Wendy Skog is a contemporary abstract artist, creating fine art abstract paintings in Victoria BC Canada. Influenced by the New York school of painters, her painting process is a flowing record of intuitive interaction with the canvas toward a unifying pictorial conclusion. Her organic abstract forms are rendered in a painter's formalist approach. Skog's abstract paintings are unique in the perfect balance of space, color, form, line, and color field.

...preserving the mystery that's there before a painting becomes some-thing and tells you everything about itself...

Abstract Art?

Is it too much trouble? Abstract art requires more effort on the part of the viewer but the effort promotes a deeper response to the very basics or building blocks of any artform: colour, composition, line, texture, etc. Unhindered by conceptual interpretation, absolute abstraction invites you to connect in a non-verbal, non-conceptual way and look deeper into a world beyond conscious thought.

It can be found that this penetrating level of appreciation enhances life in every way in terms of how one perceives the world in general. Thus art can provide a sense of unity.

abstract painting: WANDERLUST W. Skog
Wanderlust acrylic on canvas 16 x 16 in. © W. Skog

Why is abstract art Important?

Art in any form, whether it's a painting, print, drawing, or three dimensional artform is essential to our well-being since existing collaterally in cave walls of ancient mankind. Abstract art circumscribes the amity beneficial to the entire planet because it unites us through a common global language. Art is available to us in many ways. Mother Nature is the prima donna of artists. Her palette can't be surpassed for colours that are pleasant to live with, colours that are always balanced, bright colours serving as accents against more neutral or earth tones. In the world of fine art, usually, the most aesthetically successful artists emulate the colours in the natural environment.

abstract painting EVIDENCE OF SPRING W. Skog
Evidence of Spring oil stick on metal 16 x 20 in. © W. Skog

Fine art and Creativity

But what is it exactly that has such appeal in art? Do you sometimes feel so drawn into a painting that you reach a point of true fascination? How does the artist accomplish this? How are fine art and creativity related both for the artist and the viewer? When an artist creates a successful painting, he/she is carried to an inspired state in the process. This is a state of artistic 'flow' and it is a fleeting thing that everyone has experienced. The individual who has experienced this and in the spirit of creative inspiration has desired to capture this flitting, shining thing 'in a jar' so that it can be shared with others is called an artist. See blog post Courting the Muse.

A State of Wonder

The viewer too, quite unknowingly enters into the realm of creativity when he/she makes a small effort to appreciate the artwork visually and processes it in parts of the brain that, in our present-day culture, usually don't get much exercise. This feels good! All art collectors have figured out that this feeling good thing that comes through art is worth the investment. Above all, abstract art through all of it's nuanced content never loses its visual appeal. That is the mystery of abstract art.

Portfolio of Abstract Painting

Prepare to be amazed.

Showcasing a gorgeous contemporary art portfolio of abstract paintings and featuring large, vibrant canvases, abstract landscapes, still-life, and luscious small works on canvas and paper. Created by an established Canadian artist and professionally critiqued for the discerning collector.

acrylic on canvas abstract painting: A MARINER'S TALE
A Mariner's Tale acrylic on canvas 78 x 48 in. © W. Skog

To truly appreciate art you need to approach it at eye level so that your entire visual field is encompassed. This painting is large enough to easily delight the eye in a scale suitable for a feature wall. I have included it in the lyrical abstraction section of my artist's portfolio as it was inspired by the rhythms of the pulsing ocean beyond a sandy beach shot with sunbeams. The smaller formats like the square paintings below are astonishing focal points to enliven a wall. View the complete portfolio:

Original archival prints

Recently I have created a body of new work in the medium of archival limited edition prints on hand molded cotton rag papers and specially prepared metal plates.

fine art limited edition print: ON VACATION
On Vacation
pigment ink on sugar cane paper
16 x 16 in.
limited edition print
© W. Skog
fine art limited edition print: THE IMPOSSIBLE FOREVER
The Impossible Forever
pigment ink on metal.
16 x 20 in. limited edition print
© W. Skog

My art Blog: intimate, inside stories

Usually painting in the abstract genre is the only language anyone needs but when I feel excessively creative, I like to write about it too. Get some coffee, get comfortable, relax and read a few blog posts about art by an artist.

Flying Colors Fine Art Blog Posts by W. Skog

Contemporary Visual Art

Whatever wall space you have, whatever colors you need, whatever styles you prefer, you are certain to find fresh, contemporary art on this website. Go ahead, explore!

acrylic on canvas painting: PREVAILING WINDS
Prevailing Winds
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 in.
© W. Skog
acrylic on canvas painting: TRANSIT NOTES
Transit Notes
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 in.
© W. Skog

The Wendy Skog abstract art studio is located in Victoria BC Canada.

Ph: 250-474-7328 Tues. - Sat. noon to 5 pm.

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