Many of the abstract compositions that I have created in Procreate app for iPad appear to be created digitally. There’s a certain look, precise and hard-edged like this one.

A highly delineated hard-edged digital graphic

Occasionally, I will try to do an abstraction that looks like its really painted with brushes and perhaps acrylic paints, in other words “painterly”. That was my intention with the image below. I put it together as if I were actually painting on canvas. Starting with a simple line drawing, I added opaque areas of color with tools that mimic traditional brushes and worked up gradually to the final details of the later stages, “painted” on over the more general applications of color below.

Below is a series of images showing the gradual stages of “painting” from line drawing and the simple application of colors to more defined details with refined edges and lines. You can let the images run automatically or change them manually at your own pace with the round buttons below. You can also pause to look at any one stage by clicking on the pause button at top right.

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 ““Painterly””

  1. Jeff, I really am attracted to your new pieces. I like the colors very much. I also like the way I can watch the progression


    1. Thanks Donna. Glad you like the colors. As you know, I keep experimenting with colors and techniques. I thought it might be useful to show something of the process of creating these abstracts. I’m sure people (particularly non-artists) would be curious to know how it’s done. Thanks again. Stay safe.


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