Working with Geometric Shapes

Here is another painting from Lesson 3 in the book Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects.


Working with Cadmium Red as the base, this was supposed to be a monochromatic color scheme.  I’ve added white and black, plus I used cadmium yellow and made turquoise.  I usually doodle squares, but not like this.  I am actually thinking I will frame this.

Here is another little one that I made with some leftover paint.

Acrylic on gessoed Paper – 4 x 5.5″

These are great exercises and are recommeded in quite a few art books.  I will need to try these again in cooler colors.

Playing with Knives!

Mother always said don’t play with knives.  When I tell my father about my painting, he asks me if I used a pallet knife!  I mainly use a pallet knife for mixing paint.  In the book on abstracts, the author recommends knives for painting.  I have a set, and then some.  I recently purchased a large cake decorating knife for when I go large!

I most likely didn’t use the knife in the right way (is there a right way?), but here is what I came up with.

Seascape - Acrylic on gessoed Paper - 4x6"
Seascape – Acrylic on gessoed Paper – 4×6″

I’ve added a few splashes for extra effect.  This is my first pallet knife painting.  The main thing is that I had fun doing it!

Sunset in Puerto Lopez, Equador

This is one of my first paintings I completed after we came back from our Latin American Adventure.  You can see the photo inspiration in the link.  I’m sorry if the quality is not that great.  I am still trying to get to grips with photographing paintings.


Sunset in Puerto Lopez - 20x20cm - Acrylic on Canvas
Sunset in Puerto Lopez – 20x20cm – Acrylic on Canvas

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We had a lovely time in Puerto Lopez, Equador and met some great people there.  I wanted to paint something that reminded me of the place.  I painted this scene without the boat.  This is my first sunset and seascape painting ever.