What do you get if you combine Native American sand painting with the imagery of Vasily Kandinsky? I continue to be intrigued by Kandinsky’s paintings and enjoy adopting ideas from his iconography. That’s what I was doing here. Although it was not my intent while creating these designs, the end results end up looking something like Navajo sand paintings.

One of the techniques used in putting these compositions together was to create a large shape and then soften it’s edges to form gradations of tone. This is done by using a “brush” in Procreate app that resembles the texture of grainy chalk. When used on the edges of some shapes it gives a feeling of sand grains.

Below are examples of Navajo sand 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 ““Sandinsky?””

    1. It was a very subjective reaction on my part. They just seemed similar to me because of some of the textures, not the designs themselves. As I said, it was not my intention to have them look like sand paintings. They just reminded me of them when I was finished. I put the examples of Navajo sand paintings in the posting for those who aren’t familiar them. Thanks for writing.


  1. The zigzag lines in your second artwork seem to be mirroring the Navajo scenes below. It’s such an interesting approach to blend the two art forms. I wonder what would happen if you recreated the colors from the second Navajo scene with your artistic interpretation of “Sandinsky.” Thanks for sharing, Jeff!


    1. Thanks for writing, Laureen. As I mentioned to my friend Donna, the Navajo connection was unintentional and just seemed to occur in my mind after the two compositions were finished. But it’s an interesting thought to absorb that serendipitous event and try to do another similar design but consciously this time using a different color scheme. I might give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion. Be well and stay safe.

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