Digital Dapples

These new digital abstractions were done in Procreate app for iPad. Using a brush called bonobo chalk, I’ve created images that have a diffused, spatter-like quality. One has a white background showing subtle overlapping color mixtures that are almost like miniature pointillist painting. The other two compositions have dark backgrounds that emphasize the intensity of the speckled colors. A technique that helped create them is to use a “brush” as an eraser. It can cut through or around dappled areas to create negative lines.

White background with “pointillist” overlapping
Dark background emphasizing bright areas of color
Dark background emphasizing bright speckled areas of color
negative lines created with “eraser” brush

Circular Thinking

Well, it may not be “circular thinking” as such but at least thinking about circles. That seems to be what was on my mind while working on these abstractions. Circular shapes of various textures, colors and sizes are the subject matter of all three compositions. The backgrounds of all three have a stippled or textured quality giving a sense of “dry brush” or of being “rolled” on. All were created digitally with Procreate app for iPad using an Apple pencil.

Opuses 47 and 48

When I create a new abstract design in Procreate app, a title is automatically assigned if I don’t intentionally name it. That title is “Untitled Artwork” followed by a number. I have actually done several hundred works and I don’t know where the 47 and 48 come from but that’s what they were titled. I thought it would be fun to shorten them to “opus 47” and “opus 48”. Both were built up of many layers of lines, shapes and colors. Using transparency, I was able to mix areas of color in overlapping shapes to create variety. Ellen thinks they have a “spacey” look and they reminded her that the Perseid Meteor Shower is due to occur this week.

Pixels in Pastel

All three of these digital abstracts share the same “pastel” color palette. They are composed of multiple layers of color with some overlap and transparency. Another common attribute is the texture and colors of the background layers. The backgrounds were created with a “brush” that simulates the surface of canvas. They were created in Procreate app for iPad using an Apple pencil.

About Face … Again

Over a year ago, in the midst of rising anguish about Covid-19, I posted some humorous abstract faces to try to cheer things up a bit. That was in April of 2020.

Things are improving but we still have a ways to go so here are a few more that I just finished. My hope is that they will cheer up those still struggling with the pandemic and maybe, provide a sigh of relief for the rest of us who are fortunate to be past the worst of it.

They were created with Procreate app for iPad using an Apple pencil.

Ellen thinks this is my self portrait … who knows

Just … Happy!

Life is beginning to return to some version of “normal” in Vermont. The rate of Covid vaccinations is almost 80% of the state’s eligible population and cases are going down substantially. We just had several days of chilly and cloudy weather but today the sun is full and the temperature mild. All things considered, I’m happy and these decorative and bright abstractions seem to reflect that mood. I hope the outlook is also brightening wherever you are. Maybe these digital designs will help. They were created in Procreate app for iPad.

Here are some arrangements as triptychs.

Feral Colors

Wild, untamed, undomesticated; those are synonyms for feral. “Untamed” splashes of color burst forth unexpectedly as I was putting these compositions together. Maybe it’s due to the arrival of spring or the easing of Covid restrictions locally. Whatever the reason, these bright colors seemed to be appropriate and using a black background helped to make them “pop”. As usual, these abstracts were created with Procreate app for ipad.

Something Borrowed and Something New

When I’m working on a new abstract design I usually combine layers of colors and shapes to make a coherent composition. I’ve done that with the three abstracts below but with a twist. Rather than “starting from scratch” and freshly creating each element, I did what collage artists do all the time; I digitally cut and pasted pieces of existing patterns to accomplish the task. Some of these disparate patterns came from existing textile and wallpaper designs. There are also digitally created textures that I fabricated some time ago. All of these bits and pieces found their way into these new digital collages, something borrowed to make something new.

The compositions were created in Procreate app for iPad using an Apple pencil. Some textures were created in iColorama app.


I strongly believe in recycling. This applies to life style and in this case, to my art. I often approach these digital abstractions as collages composed of many different elements. Some are “painted” directly on the digital “canvas”. Others might be “cut and pasted” into the composition as in a traditional collage.

In these three new abstractions, I’ve used bits and pieces of some of my earlier works as compositional elements. Sometimes these “recycled” bits are obvious but they can also be hidden and mixed into the patchwork of the finished piece.

All works were created in Procreate app for iPad with an Apple pencil.

This new composition incorporates bits from an earlier work shown below. Three cut and altered pieces were placed on a lower layer which is partially obscured by upper layers.
The three cut and altered pieces of the original, as placed on a lower layer
The source for the three cut pieces is this older original composition.
One of the elements of this new composition (lower right corner) was taken from the original composition below.
Earlier composition from which a piece was used
This new composition also contains parts of earlier works. (not shown)

Worlds Apart

These images share certain aspects. Each is predominantly composed of a secondary color; orange, green or purple. The backgrounds are done in a painterly manner using digital brushes that simulate broad strokes on rough surfaces with some spray painted effects. In all of them, above the backgrounds, are small abstract objects, some geometric and some more organic in shape. Most of the objects are black, standing out boldly against the more diffuse backgrounds. Each composition is intended to create its own separate world of space and relationships. They were all created in Procreate app for iPad using an Apple pencil.