I have been working on some really awesome pieces of abstract work this year so far.
I’m obsessed with certain colours and trying new techniques. Creating new textures is what I am aiming for. Different shapes and trying to make each piece visually stimulating and provocative.
They are all acrylic paint on canvas and are roughly the A4 in size.
“Blood in the Water”
“Poison in the Water”
“Pieces of Us”
Each piece has been created with nature and our planet in mind. Drips of red and cream to signal blood and human tissue decaying and destroying the water. Gold is the perfect colour to make our deeds seem pure and good but in reality it’s only covering up the corruption and greed.
The blue and earthy calming tones represent the ‘calm’ that most of us believe is happening.
I would love your opinion of the pieces, and your thoughts on the topics.
As you can tell by now I love water, I love painting cabins and landscapes with stormy skies. They are my absolute favourite things to paint. The reference picture I loosely based this one on is from pixabay.com.
(First layers of colour)
I loved the colours in this particular painting are very calming. My favourite combinations to use at the moment are yellow ochre, blue and greens. Again I decided to put a stormy sky in there as well.
(Determining the composition of the painting)
Here I am starting to add more layers and details into the painting. Figuring out where points of interest are going to be is probably the hardest part of painting. Once you know where all the objects sit you can start adding shadows and highlights and details to the painting. By adding details such as highlights and shadows this gives the painting depth and interest. The reflections on the water really make it seem as though it’s real.
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Here is my first ever painting done with a palette knife. A river running through the mountains to the ocean.
I love the flow and peace that this painting seems to give. Although the river is clearly forcing its way to the ocean, the flow of water makes me feel calm and relaxed. This is the first piece of a series of paintings featuring rivers, the ocean and mountains. I’m surrounded by mountains here where I live so it’s not hard to find plenty of inspiration.
The first stage of this painting. I blocked in the background colours with a fat brush. I very much limited the amount of colours I used for this painting. I wanted to challenge myself to create a piece with depth using limited tools. I had 1 brush and one palette knife, red, blue, yellow, black and white. My favourite kinds of skies to create are definitely stormy skies. I like my paintings to have lots of drama in them. The acrylic paint I have used is Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.
Next week I’ll be publishing another river painting I have created this year. To keep up to date with my current work please pop over to my social media pages.