Abstract on paper – small

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“Sparklers with a fire stick”

Acrylics, inks, gel, metallic effect medium on mixed-media paper.

10 ¾ “ x 7 ½ “

Close ups of texture:

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About the title:

I was going through old dvd’s I have of stored family photos and came across a picture I’d taken when on holiday in the Southern Drakensberg with my family for a long weekend over Easter back in 2008.  We made a fire outside whilst we were braaing (you guys in the UK call it a barbeque).  My son placed a few twigs in the red embers, waited until they were glowing and then began making circular patterns, zigzags and drawing words in the darkness (as we would do with sparklers on Guy Fawkes night back in the day when people were responsible and there was no need for stupid draconian health & safety regulations for everything).   I digress.  Anyway, that moment inspired this painting.  (even though I promised I’d lay off the gilt paper for a bit, couldn’t help myself) 🙂

Driftwood

Abstract acrylic multi-media painting
Abstract acrylic multi-media painting

“Driftwood”

51cm x 41cm x 2cm

20″ x 16″ x 3/4″  (approx)

This is a heavily textured piece and a lot of reworking went into its creation.  There are many layers of material that I have sculpted.  The layers were made from caulk, modelling paste, fabric, threads (metallic and cotton), sand and paint.   I used acrylics, as well as metal effect paints and the base is a stretched canvas.

This image taken in reflected natural daylight with tripod.

Anyway, hope you like.
Textural detail:

 

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Re-worked work.

Lost at the mall

“Lost at the mall”

24″ x 18″

Reworked old canvas.  Acrylics, glues, fabric, hand-dyed silk, caulk and gels.

Trying some new colour combos out today.   Don’t know as I like this one yet.  Might chuck it 🙂

There is a little back story behind this one, though.  Many years ago, I lost my youngest daughter, who was about four at the time, when we were shopping in a busy department store.  My eldest daughter (who was also with me) and I, spent a frantic fifteen or twenty minutes running backwards and forwards trying to find her.   The horrible thing, for me, was that I’d had a particularly vivid nightmare the night before and in it I was hysterically running through what appeared to be train carriages (also brightly lit and full of people staring at me) searching anxiously for something  or someone … all the time I was looking for my little girl, I was trying to remember how the dream ended but I couldn’t! I think these kinds of dreams are called prescience … don’t know much about that.  In any case, my heart was in my mouth as we ran through the garishly lit and noisy mall trying to find my baby – there had been a spate of child abductions in the area where we lived during that time, which made things even more scary.   People watched me running past, screaming for my child, shaking their heads and looking worried but nobody actually did anything to try and help.  We eventually discovered that she’d gone back to the parking area and was patiently sitting on the pavement by the front wheels of my car, waiting for us to come and fetch her.

 

Texture detail.

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Beachcomber

Hi everyone, hope your 2015 has started very well.   I am going to try and post one painting a month from now on …  ‘try’ being the operative word.

This one I finished today and am pleased with it, so will sign it later.   For some reason, I seem to be veering towards pink in this work, a complete change for me. I was thinking about the sea, flotsam and jetsam on the beach, when I was making this picture – hence the title.

Hope you like – I would really appreciate some comments if you have time, or the inclination!

 

Beachcomber in indoor reflected sunlight

 

“Beachcomber”

47″ x 39″

Mixed media (including pastes and heavy gels) on stretched box canvas (ready to hang)

This picture taken indoors with reflected sunlight.  The picture below is taken outdoors in natural light

Beachcomber in outdoor light

 

Close ups of texture

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New Small Abstract Works

‘The Twins’

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Both pieces are 8″ x 10″ x 1½ deep”  (or 20.5cm x 25.5cm x 3.5cm)

Acrylic/metallic/oil paint, substrate of concrete and contractor’s caulk on stretched canvas.

 

Textural detail

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New Abstract

“Autumn Texture”

Acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas.  39″ x 47″ gallery wrap 3″ deep

 

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Some detail of texture in close up:

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New Artwork for First quarter 2014

 

For Hayzel
Abstract #4
Large Acrylic Abstract
Large Acrylic Abstract – Lyrical Expressionism style.