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Painting

What makes a good abstract painting?

I’m not sure I’ll head down the track of complete abstraction (at least not for a while yet), but I’m coming to appreciate it more and more, and videos like this really help.

Another abstract painter whose paintings and YouTube videos I really like is David Kessler. Here he is on what (good) abstract painting is. I find him quite entertaining. 🙂

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Keep the light alive

If the dream to be an artist is in you too and you feel haven’t reached it yet – even perhaps that you never will – I want to encourage you to keep that light alive within you. Nurture it however you can, whenever you can, even when it feels hopeless.

Paul Foxton in his post “Lambent Rose, the limitations of paint, and the endless search
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Painting

Excellent colour-matching lesson with Paul Foxton

Note: Paul encourages painters to think in terms of hue (one of the three Munsell colour properties) rather than temperature for accuracy.

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Painting

Ranchslider sunrise

Sunrise through ranchslider
8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

I nearly abandoned this about halfway through, but I’m glad I didn’t. I’m really pleased with the result. I painted it from a photo I took of a sunrise through our dew-covered ranchslider door. I really like the lost edges, the mix of cool and warm reflections on the couch, and, of course, the colours and impression of light that come through the window. It was a real experiment.

If you’re wondering why it looks a bit wonky, that’s partly because the photo wasn’t totally square (I should have just adjusted that in the painting), but also because there were curtains on either side. The reflections in the bottom-left were from books on the arm of the couch and a coffee table sitting beside it.

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Painting

Autumn yellow

7″x9″ acrylic on canvas panel

I painted this from a photo I took of a tree in the Auckland Domain. I was drawn to it not only because of the colour of the leaves (which were actually more of a gold) but also the asymmetrical shape. While I struggled with the colour mixing/matching, and painting a convincing shadow under the tree, I like the overall expressiveness of the painting.