By Popular Demand:
In the comments of a recent post I had a request for showing how one of my abstract paintings develops, from conception through completion. It is a bit difficult for me to remember to stop and take photos along the way, but here is my best effort. I’m not certain that this painting is at its final state, but I’m stopping for now.
I started with a couple of rough ideas:
- This would be another ‘Down on the Farm’ painting – an aerial landscape
- I wanted to emphasize the color red
- I wanted to utilize 3 simple shapes, inspired by an exercise in the Steven Aimone book Expressive Drawing
Maybe you can see by comparing the drawing and the inspiration that I have chosen shapes that roughly represent shapes in my inspiration… they are just placed a bit differently and simplified.
I used a combination of yellows, oranges and reds for this first wash, trying for lots of variation.
I also glazed the upper left corner to create a new shape by combining it with the triangle. I’m starting to add bits of line work… along the edges of the shapes.
I also added one more glaze to the upper left corner. I think this is finished. What are your thoughts? I’d love your comments.