Small paintings: Introducing small colourful abstracts

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays.  I did take a few days off but I have been painting right through the festive season.  I can get a bit tired towards the end of the year and I feel like doing something completely different.  This helps to keep me fresh and inspired.  This afternoon I experimented with some small colourful abstracts, 8 x 8 inches.  My reference was a close cropped bouquets of flowers and my imagination.  I didn't have a plan, I just let things flow.  I layered, scratched through, scraped away, smeared and dragged.  It was a lot of fun.  Above is the first one I did.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. I did take a few days off, but I have been painting right through the festive season. I can get a bit tired towards the end of the year and I feel like doing something completely different. This helps to keep me fresh and inspired. This afternoon, I experimented with some small colourful abstracts, 8 x 8 inches. My reference was a close cropped photo of bouquets of flowers and my imagination. I didn’t have a plan, I just let things flow. I layered, scratched through, scraped away, smeared and dragged. It was a lot of fun. Above is the first one I did.

 

 

close-up of first abstract
close-up of first abstract
When painting the second one, I did focus a bit more.  There is better colour harmony and a sense of purpose.  These smaller abstracts may serve as studies for larger works in the future.  For now I will keep working small.  Even though they seem effortless, abstract painting is quite hard.  Knowing when to stop is difficult as well.  As I keep at it, things should improve and I may feel comfortable enough to go larger.
When painting the second one, I did focus a bit more. There is better colour harmony and a sense of purpose. These smaller abstracts may serve as studies for larger works in the future. For now I will keep working small. Even though they seem effortless, abstract painting is quite hard. Knowing when to stop is difficult as well. As I keep at it, things should improve and I may feel comfortable enough to go larger.
close-up second abstract
close-up second abstract
Here they are together.  Not too shabby!  They will both be available on my Small Works online shop soon.
Here they are together. Not too shabby! They will both be available on my Small Works online shop soon.
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