Independent Abstracts

When doing abstract compositions, I often work on three or more pieces at the same time and try to create a unity between them. That similarity may be in color, texture or some other combination of attributes. Today’s three abstracts are individual, independent of each other in the way they were constructed. Although they share a generally warm color palette, their compositions and overall feeling are quite different from each other. I will comment on their individual aspects in the captions below each .

I normally use several layers to compose an abstract image but in this case, most of the “painting” was done on a single layer, applying colors directly over one another. My intention was to approach this composition as if I were applying paints directly with a roller instead of a brush. The texture of the virtual roller allows the underlying color to show through in many areas.
Unlike the previous image, this one is composed of 11 layers. Various “brushes” were used to create the stippled and textured background. Then overlapping curved shapes were added in semi-transparent layers. The blue rectangles were then created with the addition of the glowing horizontal lines on another layer. Finally the black line work was added on the top layer.
The final image was composed with no less than 14 layers. Over the background layers of color and texture I overlaid geometric shapes. A darker diagonal element was added as a contrasting background for the threadlike texture and “pebble” shapes which appear on separate layer above.

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.

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