The theme of this trio of abstractions is contrast. There are differences between the images and within each of the three are contrasts of colors, values and textures. For example, notice the difference between the background and foreground elements in all three. The backgrounds tend to be more textured and generally “brushy” or roughened. The foreground elements are more defined, particularly the first and third. There is a major contrast between the first two and the last, mainly in the color palette and darker values. All three designs were created in Procreate app for iPad and additional texturing was added in iColorama app.

The background pattern mimics a roller where “paint” is applied in layers over textured “paper”. The line image in white and green is superimposed over the background as if on transparent film or glass.
The wrinkled texture was added in iColorama. The overall feeling is almost like a batik printed on cloth.
Using primary colors red, yellow and blue along with relatively dark values and rough textures, this composition has a sense of mystery and timelessness. There is an implied feeling of antiquity, similar to that of petroglyphs or ancient cave paintings

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 “Contrasts”

    1. Thanks Shari. Yes, last winter went by very pleasantly. Procreate and the iPad let me sail through the long cold weeks while discovering the world of abstraction. I do hope to continue exploring this winter as well and want to start doing some general sketching on the pad as well. I loved seeing the greenery of your first drawing from Sanibel. Look forward to many more. Have a great getaway and workshop. Hugs to all three of you.


    1. Thanks Donna. I think you might like the middle one because of your interest in fabrics. The last one is a great contrast to the first two and may stand out because of that. It also is the most centered and formal looking. Glad you found them interesting. That’s the idea!


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