Creating an abstract painting

I seldom paint abstractly, which is a shame because I do like abstracts and I love painting in a purely intuitive way which lends itself to creating abstracts.  Anyway, here is a recent abstract painting.  Acrylic on illustration board. I started out with a few blobs of acrylic paint and a vague idea that I was going to paint mineral accretions based on a photo I took in New Zealand.  The painting went in a different way eventually.  See what your imagination makes of it!

 This is the initial scraping of acrylic paint with a few additions of color glazes.

This is the initial scraping of acrylic paint with a few additions of color glazes.


 This is the next phase with some gesso glazes

This is the next phase with some gesso glazes

 Here I added more gesso glazes and some texture and scribbles

Here I added more gesso glazes and some texture and scribbles

 The final piece

The final piece

Dartmoor, England

I've been traveling and neglected my blog!  I didn't get time for painting on my recent trip to England, but I was inspired by some of the places we visited.  Here is my first painting in what I hope will be a series of English scenes.

Dartmoor.jpg

This is my interpretation of Dartmoor.  When we were there it was pretty cold, windy and overcast.  I exaggerated the colors of the sky in my painting.  I painted in acrylics on a piece of 32" square Arches artboard.  This is a watercolor paper surface so I did some wet in wet acrylic painting to begin.  The sky was completely done wet in wet and then left alone. I used a lot of dry brush to suggest texture on the land, and I added some oil pastel to the foreground, just for fun.