Japanese abstract

Japanese abstract (May 2015) – Acrylic, gesso and pen on watercolour paper, 28.0 x 17.0cm This work started out as a few lines on a page. I was trying to create a composition for an unstructured abstract work, however, it turned out to be way more contained than I expected. For the black and white stripes I was inspired by this artwork on my Pinterest board ‘Art Contemporary’. I don’t know who the artist is so if anyone can help with … Continue Reading →


Sunset

Sunset (May 2015) – Acrylic and oil pastel on watercolour paper, 28.0 x 21.0cm Just like my previous post, for this work I started following instructions for an exercise in the book Painting abstracts: ideas, projects and techniques by Rolina van Vliet. But it wasn’t working out (looked terrible actually) so I did what I could to make it work. Mr Google helped me figure out how to paint the birds flying in the background and my intuition did the rest. IF YOU ENJOYED … Continue Reading →


The River Flows On

The River Flows On (April 2015) – Acrylic on watercolour paper, 28.0 x 21.0cm For this work I started following instructions for an exercise in the book Painting abstracts: ideas, projects and techniques by Rolina van Vliet. It just wasn’t working out so I wondered how I could ‘fix’ it. The idea came to me to paint the black sections (actually Payne’s grey) then fill in the shapes in the black sections which came to look like rocks to me. Once I could ‘see’ rocks … Continue Reading →


Abstract Vliet No. 3

Abstract Vliet No. 3 (April 2015) – Acrylic on watercolour paper, 28.0 x 21.0cm I bought a book called Painting abstracts: ideas, projects and techniques by Rolina van Vliet. I’m slowly but surely working through all the exercises – 64 of them! This is exercise no. 3 and I’m really happy with the result. I’m finding it freeing, relaxing, and just plain fun painting abstracts. You never know how it’s going to turn out so it’s like an adventure.   IF YOU ENJOYED THIS … Continue Reading →


Are you playing from your heart or for likes?

With the rise of social media we are all becoming proficient at showing the world our best selves. So are we now creating just for likes instead of expressing our souls? We all wear masks in front of others, we show them the face we think they want to see. On social media, this tendency is heightened. I heard a teenager say, ‘if you’re not on social media you don’t exist.’ So does that mean that if the only thing you put … Continue Reading →