Homage à Kandinsky

I have recently rediscovered the fascinating later paintings of Wassily Kandinsky who used geometric forms and color to create intriguing non-objective works of art. His paintings have an intricacy and complexity that I find very compelling. Looking at his work, it became a springboard of inspiration for my own abstractions. I have no intention of copying his work but using some of his geometric imagery, I have composed some original works based on my reaction to his oeuvre.

Normally the process towards completing a work of art is to do a series of preparatory sketches to develop from a simple starting idea to a more complex final creation. Using the digital format, with iPad, Apple pencil and Procreate app, all stages are done directly in one digital file. Working in layers with the ability to add or delete elements of a drawing, I can combine the process of “preliminary” sketching directly into an evolving final drawing. Rather than doing multiple sketches, the elements of the various stages can be kept or deleted as the drawing develops. The position or location of all elements on the various layers can be manipulated and the colors and textures changed at any time during the process.

As an homage to Kandinsky, I offer a few efforts inspired by his inventive artistry.

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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