Another Brush with Abstracts

In the past, I’ve talked about my different approaches to creating these abstract images. Sometimes I go for a rather “clean-edged” graphic look as in this recent example.

At other times I try to make the digital image more like a traditional painting as shown here.

The three compositions I’m posting today combine both approaches to varying degrees.

This first composition is meant to appear like it’s done as a traditional painting with paint and brushes. Building up layers opaquely and semi-transparently, details are added in the final stages. The palette is composed of highly contrasting colors and values which creates a feeling of excitement.
The second abstraction contains “painterly” elements but also introduces a few more hard geometric edges along with digitally created patterned textures. More curved lines and shapes soften the effect compared with the above composition.
The third and final work uses both “brushy” and surface textures combined with some sharp edges and well defined shapes. The palette is more analogous (closely related colors) than the first two and less contrasty. The overall effect is one of openness with motion.

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.

6 thoughts on “Another Brush with Abstracts”

  1. Wonderful as always, but I particularly love the one that is most like a painting. It made me smile immediately, I guess because of the joyful colours. We need some joy these days, don’t we? Hope you guys are well.


    1. Thanks Shari. It’s great to hear from you and I’m glad you liked the bright colors. You are so right. In these trying times, every bit of sunshine, real or digital, helps. We are fine and hope you are as well. It’s great to see that you are busy as ever with all the artwork and class offerings. Great stuff!


    1. Thanks so much and thanks for following. I loved looking at your blog as well. Lots of adventure and beautiful photos of exotic places. Keep in touch and feel free to comment on any of my posts. I hope to hear from you both again.


    1. Thank you Laureen. I look at a lot of art made by many different people from various times and places (as do most artists). I’m sure that some of what I see becomes part of a vocabulary of imagery that I can tap into whether I’m aware of it or not. My goal is to create images that are balanced in composition, interesting to the eye and with compelling color. You have been very generous in your comments regarding my work for which I thank you sincerely. Be well and stay safe.

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