Thursday, November 18, 2010

Abstract Turns Into A Flower . . .

Acrylic on 6x8 canvas board

This started out as another attempt at an abstract and somehow a flower came out! I was trying another monochrome piece this time using quinacridone magenta with only white and black to vary the shades. As I started blending the shades together I saw a flower in my head and decided to add it.

I am very uncomfortable painting this way with no reference except whatever is in my head. My mind is so crowded all the time there is no room for imagination sometimes! But I will keep working nicely with my left brain and hopefully find a more comfortable place in abstract mixed media.

This piece and my first attempt at abstract piece are inspired by a new class I am taking with Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen over at Land of the Lost Luggage. I love their abstract art and am learning alot so far about color in the Color Beyond the Basics class.


  1. Beautiful Cathy..a wonderfully meditative piece..gorgeous!I think it is fabulous..I love when things appear and want to be blooming from within your special is that! Magical!

  2. First, let me just say: "WOW!!!!!" What a gorgeous flower! But, of course, you knew "I" would like it!! LOL...Secondly, you're sure getting your money's worth at these classes with Julie and Chris!!! Whatever their teaching method is, you're picking it up beautifully!!

  3. Mi piace! Continua a provare,i risultati si vedono!

    Ciao,buona serata!

  4. I really like this a lot, Cathy!! You are making me want to try to limit my color palette. And I LOVE quinacrodone magenta! What a brilliant color that is... It's beatuiful! love, SIlke

  5. Cathy this is very refreshing and such a pleasant flower in this busy time of year when autumn and Christmas colors all collide. Happy painting...