I've been experimenting with painting abstracts for the past few months. Peeks have been showing up in "around here" posts or on Instagram (one, two, three, four, five). If I get 29 that I absolutely love painted and I get up the guts to list them, my plan is for these to be one of the MAKE29 projects. We'll see. Right now, both of those feel like big IFs.
I had a request to share "in progress shots" and so I took 26 photos (with my iPhone) while painting this past week. It took about six active painting sessions to finish this one. I still don't know if I love it or not but at least you can see my process. It's lots of layers. I change brush sizes a few times. I keep my strokes mostly on the horizontal or the vertical because after some failures, I've learned that's what I tend to like.
I start by getting a base, a mix of cream and white paint. Then I use color to determine my main shape. This one is sort of a diagonal.
More of the main color and then the introduction of the second color. I always absolutely hate it at this stage.
Still HATE it, so I start to cover the pink. Hate it even more. Finally in the 6th photo I am starting to come back around to liking it.
These photos should look different, I flipped the canvas 180 degrees. Starting to like it...
Give it two days. Hmmm, more pink? Yes, much more.
...annnnd, after staring at it for another three days and adding a bit more light blue and a bit more pink... it's done(ish). I realize that this is not a tutorial (nor is this canvas anything spectacular), but sometimes it's fun to see a project break-down. :)