Abstract Sampler

Today I’m posting several unrelated abstractions that I’ve been working on. They employ different methods to achieve the end results. In all of them, I create various shapes and arrange them, sometimes symmetrically and sometimes not. In three of them I used pattern brushes which, in effect, “paint on” an intricate pattern. All of them use slightly different color palettes and vary between flat solid color and textured color. All of these started with a background color over which I built up the composition by adding objects, colors and textures on additional layers above the background layer. I continue to be fascinated and inspired by the variety of tools and options available in Procreate app for iPad.

This composition uses shapes that are mostly outlined in black. I used a pattern brush to fill the central blue-green object with a “textile” pattern.
Using a black background to emphasize the bright color contrasts, I added stippled textures to several objects and created shadow effects on some to give more depth.
This complex image was created with a multi-colored background. Over the background, several layers added overlapping shapes and textures. The floral pattern running through the image was done with a pattern brush. To create new colors and additional shapes I used various levels of transparency to allow the built-up objects to overlap.
This is a very modest “homage” to Kandinsky. In many of his later compositions there are separate little combinations of objects that seem to form islands away from the main or larger central objects. I used a pattern brush on the central orange polygon and added a couple of shadows to help break up the composition and add depth.

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

4 thoughts on “Abstract Sampler”

    1. Hi Laureen. No, I wasn’t listening to music when I did these. Maybe it’s an unconscious thing having been a musician in the past and often thinking about music and art. Who knows? When I was a child, I sometimes would draw with music on for inspiration. Maybe I’m reverting to my childhood in my mind…
      Thanks very much for your kind comment.

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  1. Hi Jeff, I like the one with the floral pattern in the background. Otherwise, I don’t get much from the others. Sorry.


    1. Hi Donna. Not a problem. You generally like the more symmetrical designs so I’m not surprised. We all have different tastes and takes on art. I’m glad you’re still following the blog. Thanks for writing.


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