Category Archives: Abstract

Abstract Floral Painting Process

I thought you might like to see the painting process of my latest abstract floral painting “Colour Me Happy”.

Here you can see I began with black and white with a touch of blue. Lots or random mark making with both paint and pencils. And of course paint drips.

Progress of Colour Me Happy abstract floral painting on my easel

Now I have begun to add some reds and whites to create different tints. More drips too.

Progress of Colour Me Happy abstract floral painting on my easel

Beginning to add some orange and quinacridone gold.

Throughout the process so far I am continually scraping through the colours with a wooden skewer or old plastic credit card (favourite tools).

Progress of Colour Me Happy abstract floral painting on my easel

Next is the introduction of lemons and greens.

Progress of Colour Me Happy abstract floral painting on my easel

At this point I came to a crossroads and couldn’t decide which way I wanted to proceed.
So, I took a photo and uploaded it to my iPad where i worked on it with my Apple Pencil.
It’s a great way to experiment with ideas.

Progress of Colour Me Happy abstract floral painting using my iPad

Then once I was inspired to continue, I proceeded with an added confidence in the direction I wanted to go with this one.

And here is the final result.

Here you can also see it in a room setting, where I can visualise it in its final resting place.
Your home maybe? You will find it to my Online Shop.
It will eventually arrive varnished and ready to hang in the home of whichever collector has the yearning to own this piece of art.

Colour Me Happy abstract floral painting in a room setting

“Colour Me Happy” and I have enjoyed our time together and I hope you have enjoyed viewing our creative journey.

Latest Acrylic Paintings

It’s about time I showed you some of my latest acrylic paintings.

You’d think with the current crisis and being in lockdown that I would have so much time for updating my website. 🤔

But no, instead I have been sucking up this extra time with even more painting. I just can’t get enough of it. 

However, today I have knuckled down to add a little update showing some of the work here that I have completed during this “gift of time” that we have been presented with. 

Firstly, I have completed quite a few of my abstract meadow paintings.

Acrylic abstract meadow paintings

As you can see my joy of colour has not abandoned me. These four are acrylic on paper measuring 8″ x 12″ approx.

Here are a couple more 12″ x 16″ mounted to 16″ x 20″.

Acrylic abstract meadow paintings

Then I have one more which is far more abstract. 16″ square on canvas board.

Abstract acrylic artwork

And finally for my acrylic paintings I have two for my vase series.

Abstract acrylic vases
mixed media on canvas side view

Well there you have it. You are all up to date with my recent acrylic paintings. And if you are interested in purchasing they are now available on my Buy Art pages.

Next I will try to round up some photos of my latest watercolour art that I have been painting to show you. Yes, I have been very busy during lockdown.

Current Painting in Progress – Knowing when to stop

This is the current painting in progress on my Artristic Easel.

Abstract floral acrylic art. Current painting in progress

An artist’s work goes through many stages. Often loving the early stages and wanting to stop right there. Or trying to decide when is enough and knowing when to stop. (Sometimes wishing I had stopped earlier 😱 ). From enjoying it to hating it. Lots of tweaking and masses of self doubt.

But I guess this is the same when a poet writes his poems, an author writes his book or a composer composes his music. We are constantly seeking perfection. Probably never quite attaining it. BUT that is what drives us to create more. It is part of the creative process. It is important to remember that and go along with the agonies of the process, expect it to happen and work through it.

So, I need to let this painting sit for a while and decide if I am happy with it as it is or whether to work on it some more. I’m sure it will speak to me when it is ready.

What do you think?

And if you want to see why I like my Artristic Easel so much read what I have to say about it here. Then you will understand why it is my favourite easel.

Art Process – development of an abstract meadow painting

I thought you might like to see some of the art process from my latest painting “This Side of Heaven”

Unfortunately I only took a few photos shots but it might give you a little glimpse into how the painting developed.

After the initial black and white layer here are some early layers of blues, lilacs and lemons. As you can see there has been a fair bit of paint dripping going on.

Art process. First layers of colour

Then I have begun to add some reds.

Art process. Adding in some reds

Followed by some oranges.

Art process. Introducing oranges

After this I had a fairly large gap of time way from my art studio. About two weeks away. I was very much looking forward to coming back and working on it. It’s hard to leave a painting when you are in the zone. But because of our enforced time apart we were very glad to see each other again and I was filled with enthusiasm on my return.

The final part of the process was to work into the negative space and bring it all together. This is where my mind begins to see the suggestion of a meadow full of flowers. Maybe there is a hint of January frost in there too.

acrylic abstract floral painting

I loved the final outcome.

Titled “This Side of Heaven”. 24″ x 28″acrylic on canvas.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my art process.

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