Three Palettes

The three abstractions I’m posting today all use different color palettes. All three were created in Procreate for iPad and enhanced in iColorama app and Photoshop Elements for Mac.

The first uses one of my photos taken of a cloister wall at the monastery of St. Paul de Mausole in St. Rémy, France. This was the sanatorium where Van Gogh stayed and painted some of his last and most famous paintings including Starry Night. I used this photo to provide a semi abstract background for the layered objects in the composition. The palette consists of warm reds, oranges and yellows with touches of green and blue for contrast.

photo of a wall at the monastery of St. Paul de Mausole in St. Rémy, France in the background

The next abstract uses a strikingly more analogous palette of greens, yellows and blues. The composition contains more arcs and rounded objects arranged to imply motion.

analogous palette with implied motion

The last composition incorporates a palette that I rarely use, predominantly of blues and purples. As in the mainly green image above, I tried to create motion by using curves against more static objects.

cool analogous palette of blues and purples with implied motion

You can view a larger image of each by clicking on the thumbnails below.

Abstract Collages with Variations

I tried a new approach to creating digital abstracts. Using a couple of my existing digital photos, I radically altered their look in iColorama app and then cut out segments, using them as raw material and pasted them into new abstract compositions.

It was an interesting experiment using existing digital material in the same way that an artist might make a traditional collage using various pieces of cut and pasted paper and other items.

The first of the two original photos is below and under it, the radically altered and abstracted version. It’s interesting to see how the main colors are recognizable in the altered version but the abstracted shapes become highly angular and flattened.

original “Flower” photo
highly altered and flattened version

The abstracted version, in turn, was further altered in color and became the background for this collage.

The altered “Flower” image was used as background; then other elements were created and added in layers in Procreate app to create the digital collage . The bottom horizontal piece (green and gold) was cut from a part of the altered second photo (“Fall Color”)

I later edited the above collage in iColorama and came up with these variations.

variation 1 / added sandstone-like surface texture
variation 2 / added a slightly embossed texture
variation 3 / added an “edgy” look

Now for the second digital photo (“Fall Color”) used as raw material. The original photo, unaltered below.

original digital photo
Highly altered version of lower left corner of that photo. (A piece was cut from the top of this and used in the first (“Flower”) collage as noted above.)
Highly abstracted and altered version of “Fall” photo used as background for the second digital collage.

Here is the second composition based on the abstracted “Fall” photo above.

Second collage. Colors were altered and new elements added in layers above the background in Procreate app

Below are variations of the “Fall” collage.

variation 1 with added painterly brush surface texture
variation 2 with a different brush-like texture
variation 3 / a much more altered version with changes to color and outlining of edges