New Abstracts

It’s been quite a while since I posted strictly abstract drawings. The three shown here are recent works done in Procreate app on an iPad. The last Procreate images that I posted in May and early June were not strictly abstract but paraphrases of Oceanic and Australian Aboriginal artistic traditions done with decorative and semi-abstract elements. These current works are non-representational abstracts similar to several that I posted earlier this year.

All three of these evolved as graphical improvisations on the iPad. What I mean by that is that I had no preconceived idea of what the end result should be. By working with separate objects and colors assembled progressively on multiple layers, the compositions came together through trial and error and by experimenting with multiple combinations of the elements as in a collage.

Some of the followers of this blog have suggested that my abstracts make them think of music. I don’t really think musically in the process of putting them together. But there are similarities between music and graphic art with terms like structure, texture, color, harmony, balance and the use of motivic elements. So it’s not surprising that some viewers might think of or hear music when they see these. All three of the compositions share those musical/graphical components. Using basic geometrical shapes and lines to produce harmony through color and the arrangement of elements, I have tried to create a visually interesting structure.

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.

2 thoughts on “New Abstracts”

    1. Thanks Donna. It was fun to get back to doing these “improvisations”. They are always an adventure since I don’t really know where they will end up.


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