Organic Art…what is it? The artwork of Deb Haugen

by admin on June 4, 2009 · 30 comments

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Swing Print. 43.5″Wx1.5″Dx35.5″H

Delicate dots of black ink articulate and embellish freeform splashes of yellow, brown and ochre that dance on the diagonal in an expansive abstract composition by artist Deb Haugen. Giclée print of the original acrylic painting is strikingly reproduced on crisp white paper in dimensional white matte frame.

  • Artist: Deb Haugen
  • Giclée print


Or·gan·ic  (ôr-gān’ĭk)


  1. Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter.
  2. Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle
  3. Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected: society as an organic whole.
  4. Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental.
  5. Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.
The word Organic can be applied to a variety of subjects. I’m writing about “Organic Art“, and what that means to me, as people have tagged me….The Organic Artist. I’ve always been more comfortable outside than in, I just prefer nature to walls. As a child my Mom had to drag me inside every night. I lived just up the hill from a wonderful swamp, I know my fascination was born there in that magical swamp. Currently I have very strong beliefs in helping our environment, and concerns for the future of our planet.
When you think of the term organic, you obviously first think of produce, that has been organically grown without chemicals. I think when referring to Art with the term Organic attached, we naturally will conjure up pictures in our minds of natural flowing things,  a lush landscape, a gnarled tree, or a bunch of freshly picked flowers, maybe even a basket of produce.
I first thought about the concept of “Organic Art” while walking the creek bed behind my home in Malibu, Ca. I wanted to capture on canvas the feel of  hiking the trails, or exploring the creek. I wanted to convey my response  to nature, something that had a truly innate natural look and feel to it. To take it a step further, I wanted to show the fundamentals of nature that we see daily, that are so strikingly familiar to us, and their relationship to time.  I’m  intrigued by micro assemblages, tucked just below the surface, unusual hidden worlds complete in themselves. Macro and micro organic happenings are ongoing constantly, natural occurrences that also have to do with the passage of time. Time reveals itself through rotted wood, new growth, death, strata on the side of a mountain wall, all these things show the evolution of our Earth, organic markings of the passage of time.
Now, mix these  with feelings of emotion,  physical movement of an artist responding to nature, and you have what I call….Organic Art. It is an artists vision of nature, natures movement through time, and that particular artists feelings, and responses. I want the viewer to re-live an atmospheric memory in their relationship to nature.
Art can also be termed “Organic” by the materials an artist is using. Artists use organic pigments, leaves, branches, berries, stones, etc. An assemblage of natural materials, a sculpture in  wood  or marble, stones stacked/placed  along side a river……..or even crop circles, they are all examples of what I would term a form of  Organic Art.
For me, I find that creating abstract art with an raw, almost telepathic sensitivity in mind lends itself to the emotions involved, rather than painting a pretty sunset that we all recognize to be a sunset. The realistic landscape artist discusses the beauty of a forest they are painting. I am focused on the emotions and feelings that my art conveys, atmospheric memories relived. Organic art reeks of a certain inner familiarity, something very fundamental, and essential in our daily lives. My paintings convey the organic complexities that surround us, sometimes about serenity, sometimes complex layering systems of decay  or destruction. All of life responds to the primitive, tangible, evolution of our planet, some just a little closer to the source.
Organic art is rudimentary, it is essential, it’s primordial, supportive and vital. It might express itself in a piece of  raku fired ceramic, a collection of twigs, or paint on a canvas, twisted, layered, and textured. Organic art is all around us. Look at the car bumper rusted in a gorgeous swirl of burnt sienna, or the red paint peeling off the fence, they are all examples of natural occurring art being affected by time. Organic art is and always has been a part of our ever changing planet.
I hope you enjoy my art, it is my joy in life to paint!
Deb Haugen
All artwork on this site is the copyrighted work of artist Deb Haugen, and protected by The Copyright Act and the provisions thereunder.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

JaneRadriges June 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Hi, interest post. I’ll write you later about few questions!

KattyBlackyard June 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm

The article is usefull for me. I’ll be coming back to your blog.

GarykPatton June 16, 2009 at 6:24 am

Hi. I like the way you write. Will you post some more articles?

Derekp June 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

I think i’ve seen this somewhere before…but it’s not bad at all

admin June 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I am the author, and you might have seen it on my blog. I also have submitted it to many article forums.
Thanks for visiting!
Peace, Deb

Eva Wojcik June 27, 2009 at 8:43 am

I most appreciated your expression of the JOY you take in your artwork—as opposed to all that dark suffering artist cliche. I like the way you defined your artistic journey–very useful for me as I am trying to define my own visual work at this point–and which shares common ground via nature, though its expression is quite different than yours.

admin June 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Eva….yes it is a joy to paint.

admin August 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

No, I’m a painter….just very strong opinions Thank you though!

Erron September 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

Thanks so much for writing this! It’s a really good little introduction to organic art! <3

Jacqueline DeWylde September 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

Hi Deb,
Thanks for visiting my blog. Your work is absolutely stunning. :) I think you would have a great experience with Etsy. Feel free to email me if you like. Have a great day!


peregrina feminina October 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like you are doing amazing things with both art and words!

Chris October 28, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Beautiful artwork, great article!

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Emma July 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

Ah, I love the concept! Its so beautiful! The concept of abstract art being from a natural living thing, its great! I love interesting art and this has definitely tickled my fancy. I’m going through the archives! Love it! Emma

Emma July 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

Ahhh, there’s only one? I’ll look out for the rest. x

Candice March 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

Thank you for your nice comment on my blog! I am looking forward to poking around your site and seeing your art as well. It’s so nice to connect with fellow artists!

admin March 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thnx for linking me I will do the same, and congrats on those sz. 14′s! woo-woo

Kim King April 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

Your art is beautiful and sensual! Pleasing and relaxing to get lost in. Love it!

admin April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

Thanks for visiting Kim! YOU have a way with words, mine is with paint!
Have a wonderful day….Deb

Barbara Rodgers August 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Your paintings are lovely – the colors are so cheerful and pleasing to my eyes…

walter smith December 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

Hi Deb, I really like the painting and the article. The painting is so fluid. I really like the circular forms and splashes of color. Please take a look at some of my recent work in my “The City Series”. I have been using a digital effect, called a displacement map that create flowing forms and circular structures. This effect reminds me of your movement with the brush. Tell me what you think.

walter smith December 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

Deb, I just read again, your wonderful commentary on what is organic art. I truly feel that your thoughts mirror my own. Although I must say you conveyed the thought much more clearly and eloquently than I could ever hope to do. I feel that when I am creating art, I must go to a deep place where my emotions live and grow; exploring them; making them into a universal statement that we, as a people, can relate to. It is constantly changing and evolving as you say. It is in the beauty, the magic and the lost of our perpetual existience.

Thanks again for your wonderful statement.

admin December 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Well, I’d say you are VERY eloquent. Walter! I’m definitely not a writer, but I try to put it into words, it’s not easy to convey feelings and responses to my art in words now, is it? I find that art is just so intuitive most of the time I click into this little zone that I float outside my body when I am creating. Sounds funny, but you know exactly what I mean…… It is really a great form of meditation for me. I dredge up swirls of emotion which translate to brush movement. and see you have done this also in your “City series” just looked into it. Just beautiful, evolving, and the movement is quite magical. Yes, I do see movement in others art, digital, inks, even collage, if the artist is aware of it themselves while creating. It’s an interesting exercise for viewing art. All my best, take care…D

Deborah February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

love the creek bed

admin March 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

thank you Deborah
peace to you…D

gwendoline May 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

Love your art !

admin May 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

Thanx so much!

Kimby Faires June 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thank you so much for this beautiful post. I believe I understand portions of your vision. Just gorgeous conceptual details and expressive language. Thank you so much;)


k i m b y

admin July 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Thanks so much Kim for taking the time to comment! I appreciate your kind words! Keep making great art!


Lynn-Marie Goodwin September 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

I am a teacher of students who are learning to be mindful when dealing with appropriate behaviors in the world (ex. adhd). I am spearheading our communal energetic mindful morning meetings and it is organic october. do you have any ideas that would really drive home the organic art lesson that i could do within a very very short amount of time? 1-8th grade small population.

admin October 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

So sorry for the delay in writing. I use my ink drawings as times for meditation. When I was just a student learning how to “see” my teacher had us look at an object, put out pencil to paper, fins a starting point and start drawing. The catch? You never look at your paper, and you do not lift your pencil. It is contour drawing, at it’s best. You spent time with the object, being mindful of where you are at all times, not lifting the pencil will keep you tied to a path of seeing. It really is a great exercise to help one see an object, how it rests in it’s space, and how you see it from your minds eye. Good Luck!!!

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