Abstract Games

Sometimes Art is Like Playing

There are times when I sit down and I know exactly what I am going to paint or draw.  I have a definite plan, and stick with it.  Other times though, I just start to put paint down… and I play.

That is what is what I’ve been doing with a piece I currently have in progress, I just felt like playing, so I took a palette knife and started to cover a canvas in gold paint and modeling paste.  Then I put some back and modeling paste, then copper.  I am doing a little here, a little there, and waiting for it do dry in between.  I am not really trying to make it look like a recognizable object, but rather, I’m just doing what feels right, and ending up with an abstract design.  Its relaxing and fun, like a game though it is a little costly to put so much modeling paste down on one canvas.  Sometimes when I paint abstract like this I come up with things I really like, and other times I don’t care for the result at all, either way I had fun playing in the paint.

Here is what the piece looks like so far:

abstract palette knife painting, gold, black, copper, waving lines
I’m not 100% sure what will come next, but I’ll probably stay with the three colors I already have on the canvas, or at most add one more into the mix.


Other Projects are happening too.

The drying takes a long time when the paint is put on so thick, so I also have other projects going at the same time.  One of which is that I am experimenting with oil paint.  I haven’t really worked in oils, so its a learning process, and so far I don’t have anything in oils that I’ve finished.  Soon though I will complete at least one oil painting and post it on here.

4 Responses to Abstract Games

  1. Enjoy seeing your process. I’ve been wanting to try oils myself. Have some tubes of water-based oils waiting to be played with. Look forward to reading about your experience.

  2. I think you are doing what writers do. They write every day, as we are learning to do. You paint every day and I am seriously jealous.

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    minette2012 says:

    Love your artwork and this post is such a great reminder to show up and play. Great colors and texture!

  4. this really looks cool, Vicki.. and I am waiting to see the end result..love these colors.. If I work on a project (which has been not for a long time now), I try to pick colors in the yellow zone a lot 🙂