Abstract painting study

Abstract painting for the first day of new year~!

Actually this is not my very first abstract painting study. I painted one like heart shape. This time I wanted to try something rustic. The reference photo I use for this study was texture of metal rust. Well for me it was the most “abstract” picture I can understand. So I thought why not try? I have to do abstract painting at some point. However in the beginning I had no idea what I was doing. It was not like an animal or still life that I can easily land my eyes on a certain area. I was all over the canvas yet nothing progressed. I tried different methods to approach the effect of the reference photo but only realized later that I had to move away from it.

I had to focus on the canvas and what was on it. I had to paint the way that I felt it would look better.

So I did. I put on the paint and followed my guts. And even I finished the painting I was not sure if it was really the end point. I just can’t work on it any longer. >///< It won’t get any better if I kept working on it. By the way, the dripping method somehow worked this time. I tried before but it was not good. For oil paint, especially for later layers, it is tricky to make the paint thin enough to drip while keep the “fat over lean” rule. But it also depends on how far you want the paint to drip. A little bit or all the way to the bottom of the canvas.

Here it is~

I hope you can have some metal rust feeling. That means I’m not too far from what it supposes to be.

ㄟ( ▔, ▔ )ㄏ

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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