Upcycle project #7 and #8 abstract oil painting

Previous Upcycle project

Painting process

This project is to use leftover paint after every painting session. For project #7 and #8, I practice more with palette knife. Well, I have to admit that this type of random color block is out of my comfort zone. However, it is still a good experience of playing paint around.

Also, I feel that the color combination maybe a key factor. During these two Upcycle projects I was painting my abstract “Coral Reef blue/pink” for most of time. Therefore the leftover paint was from a designed and unified palette. And this could be the reason that I keep these two.

Later I made another one similar to project #7 and #8, but I discarded that piece eventually. Because the color was so chaotic and so random due to multiple unrelated painting subjects.


What I learned from my Upcycle projects? Even the most random looking abstract painting is carefully designed in terms of color, composition and shape. ❤

Thank you.

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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.