April A to Z – Jackson’s Juicy Jammy Jamming!

The Jackson I’m referring to is the veritable Jackson Pollock. He was the man for the straight line. Yes, as you may well remember, his art embraced the ordered linear, the repeatable, oft parallel line and geometrical shapes so needed to to drive out the inner chaos overtaking the modern mind.

What??? I hear you screech! JP ordered? JP linear? JP parallel? No… Jackson Pollock’s art depicts none of those delectable characteristics. His art is spontaneous… random. Maybe not random. I think he planned the process but gave his mind full control over his hands and even body when he was working on a piece. Just think… how totally liberating it must be to pioneer art the way he did!

Why the jammy jamming? I reckon the easiest way to explain how to mimic a Pollock is to spoon out a large dollop of strawberry jam from the tub… then flick the spoonful onto a large white dinner plate. Flick with force… then flick again… with less force. Take other textured jams… other colours… oh damn… I’ve just given myself a few fresh ideas!

The bigger picture... my Jackson Pollock tribute...

I’m in awe of Jackson Pollock… occasionally I try to get something vaguely resembling organised chaos onto a canvas or two. Yes, the images are of my latest attempt…

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19 Responses to April A to Z – Jackson’s Juicy Jammy Jamming!

  1. zuludelta45 says:

    AJ, I love your work!! To be honest, I thought it was much “brighter” and impressive than the Pollock’s I looked up after reading your great blog!


  2. Srivi says:

    I really liked your attempt on ‘jamming’ chaos on the canvas.. Good one 🙂

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  3. HesterLeyNel says:

    Ek moet erken ek is nie ‘n vreeslike visuele persoon nie en glad nie ‘n kunskenner nie, maar jy het my sowaar aangespoor om amper twee ure lank te sit en kyk na JP se skilderye. Toe moes ek natuurlik gaan oplees oor die kunstenaar. “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.” Jip, daar het jy dit. Ek hou van die manier waarop sy brein gewerk het. Tussen hakies, ek hou van die helder, sterk kleure in die stukkies wat jy hierbo gewys het. Ek is tog nie ‘n pastel-kleurige mens nie.

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    • aj vosse says:

      JP is nie vir almal nie maar dis nie die punt nie! Om te praat oor kuns en om ‘n opinie te lig is die punt! Ek is bly jy wardeer daardie aspek! Ja… ek sien jou nie as ‘n vaal persoon nie! In fact… your writing and the way you switch so effortlessly between the two languages is just another way of showing your brightness! Thanks for enjoying… 😉

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  4. Ha ha – like the way you explain how to mimic one of his paintings! Now, if only I had a range of coloured jams… 🙂

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    • aj vosse says:

      I’m not a jam fan at all… maybe I’m going to experiment with the stuff I find in the food press! My good lady and her dad are very fond of jam… so, I can delve into their stash! 😉


  5. Stein says:

    I am by a looong shot not an art expert, but I enjoyed your description of the creative process. Sounds like fun! Glad you tried your self, the results are very, very interesting!


    • aj vosse says:

      😉 Interesting indeed! As they say in the classics, you either love JP or you hate him… well, his work! Maybe my few bits do the same… o_O thanks for visiting and commenting! 😉


  6. Wow, what a nice surprise to find out these are your works of art. Very rich and vibrant. I especially like the small square in lower left corner of last photo.


  7. I too am fascinated by Pollocks chaotic works. Your pieces are really special. Brilliant.

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  8. Galen911 says:

    You definitely know how to get me tingling!!! These are awesome plus!!! In your case I think the geometric lines in the background just add to the power of the free form. Awesome (I think I already said that)…

    None of us have any idea what was going through Jackson Pollock’s mind… but I am so fascinated by the fact that he would stare at a blank canvas for hours and hours before he applied his mastery. He definitely planned… but what and how will remain his secret.

    He was the master of organized and coordinated chaos!

    Well done… very well done!


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    • aj vosse says:

      WoW! Thank you kind sir! You have just taught me something… again. The geometric in the background is an attempt to “merge” Mondrian and JP but I definitely know what you mean! I think I will move on from straight lines next time… but still have some kind of background. By the way, I still want to try something similar to the instructions you sent on a while ago! Thanks again! 😉


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