An Abstract Collaboration

After a recent collaboration of two artist bloggers, Sharon at Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Jodi at Life in Between, who both painted Jodi’s photo of her Mother’s Day lilies, Sharon chatted to me that it would be fun if we both did some abstract art.   I am always up for that (of course!), so I asked Sharon to pick the colors, and we both went for it with the lovely hues of pink, green and purple.

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This was done on 6×6″ acrylic canvas paper by Strathmore, which is a heavy paper textured with a canvas pattern.    (I am now a Blick affiliate, and your purchases from this link may result in commission to help support my site.)   I really enjoy the surface, but I found this quite a challenge!    I love all three colors, but had an easy time making mud with them too, and so this painting was quite a little journey.    It took quite a few tries with many mediums.  I first tried Tombow markers, thinking of Sharon’s lovely way with them, then moved on to Neocolor crayons and finally wound up with this little acrylic piece.     I was thinking of something a little brighter and cheerier, but heck, it’s Friday, so we’re all in good cheer anyhow, huh?

I hope we are all dancing our way into the weekend today!   Take care of each other.   Hug, rinse and repeat.   😀   Peace.

 

93 thoughts on “An Abstract Collaboration

  1. Oh Laura Loo! This is GORGEOUS! Sharon will love it! The colors SING together especially with the pops of GOLD – did you use a metallic? This looks quite complex and so intricate! Bravo Artista! Oh how I would love to see this in real life. I can picture this in 36 x 36 hanging on a gallery wall with a bench in front of it and people gathering around with glasses of champagne discussing the artist and what this makes them feel. Oh Laura – this is YOU!!!

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    1. Oh Jodi. You bowl me over always with your effusive praise, girl!! Yes I did use a metallic in a couple of spots. I can’t imagine ever painting anything 36×36, but I hope I do, one day! Thanks so much, you are always more than kind!! Happy weekend to you!

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      1. This should be your first 36 by 36. The colors go so well together. It is a happy painting, but not in a sugary sweet oozy sense. Just a content happy. I like the different textures and the straight lines too and in the middle, I see a spring tree.

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          1. Right now, I have to keep my paintings pretty simple, few details, focusing mostly on practicing brush strokes and finding color combinations. Maybe one day Lolololol….rolling on floor at the thought…I will paint like that Sargent guy. Sorry, can’t remember to to spell his name but you know who I am talking about. I think we talked about him not to long ago.

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  2. I totally agree with Jodi, Laura. You have created a very intriguing piece of art. I’m so glad we decided to go for this challenge. I’m learning a lot from you and the way you place your colors. I like how you used the white and black throughout. There like little rest spots allowing me to view each area of your work. Well done my friend. You knocked the ball out of the park! Now, let’s do it again! 😎🌷 you see I have my sunglasses on because your art is shining so bright!!

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    1. Oh, Sharon. I’m amazed by your comments. I wasn’t happy with anything I made, honestly but I felt this was the least of the evils lol. I only used a bit of metallic gold and titanium buff and white for mixing. No black, I got the dark values from dark green at times mixing with magenta. This was a great color lesson for me. I learned so much. Your piece taught me a lot because the way you arranged it compositionally, you weren’t gonna be making mud! And yet the colors still come alive and dance and the design is so beautiful; a professional finished piece! I wanted to create something you would like. If you like it, I’m happy to send it to you. I learned a lot! But wow, not easy to collaborate with someone as talented as you, my friend! I almost emailed Jodi to tell her I know how she felt! Woo. This one was something I kept coming back to over several days, because I wanted it to be just right for you. It didn’t meet my expectations, but if you like it, I’d be happy to send it! 💜💛❤️🎨😎👏🌻 And thank you much for your (too) kind words!!

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      1. Laura, I love what you accomplished. It is always stressful to go out of our comfort zones. We both learned from this challenge. I’ll be trying more abstract, and combining them with my other style. I’d love to have your art, and I can send you a copy of mine. I’ll email you.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Rebecca. I am often surprised by how I feel about a piece vs how others see it. I’d love to know what you like about it. I’m learning more with each abstract (well, with every painting) I do, but I have so much to learn about composition!

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      1. I know nothing at all about abstract, but I enjoyed the harmony of the colours and the arrangement of the squares, plus the greenish parts in the middle. Sorry to be so vague, but I just thought the whole worked well together. 🙂

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  3. The colors are beautiful as is the collaboration idea!

    The piece is intriguing and mysterious to me. I see a person’s head and part of the face with just one eye looking out. I can’t stop looking at it!

    Yes, this piece would do very well BIG. This piece is really thought provoking, and beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much, Deborah! I’m really surprised by the reaction to this one. I only posted it because it was the only thing of all I tried that I could call a painting. Really glad you like it, and it’s definitely a departure from anything I’ve done in the grid composition because it’s not strictly geometric. I’ll have to take another look and see if I can see a face! That’s cool that you’re seeing that! Thanks for taking the time to comment. 💜

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      1. YW! The more I looked at it I began to see perhaps a child lower left looking up with arms open toward the face. Perhaps pleading, or asking for a hug. 🙂
        I also like the way you used the black around the edges and near the corners. It acts like a vignette pulling me into the center of the piece where I see the subjects.

        I do like it!

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  4. Love the texture of the paper coming through (I don’t like working on paper too much either) but I think it really lends itself to your painting. I really like how you approached this, the mark making and also how you divided the piece up checker board style. What fun!

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  5. I wasn’t dancing my way into the weekend before, Laura, but I am now. 😉 The blocks and texture that suggests dance and movement to me. The coolest dancefloor of them all!

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  6. WOWZA! This turned out FABULOUS, Laura!! I love the grid format!! 💕🎨 My eyeballs like how there is variations color too. So much mystery in this one! YAY! 😃 I have been working on a grid painting too, remember the roses on Aquabord? Well, it is now totally changed to a grid pattern. Your grid painting reminds me of the art of Paul Klee. Happy Friday!! WHOOT!! 🌈🎨🌟👍

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    1. Thanks so much, Charlie! It is really fun playing with anyone and everyone! Sharon and I have a plan in the works and we are going to do this again, but with words/collage added! It should be fun! So glad you enjoyed this and the best part is you’re dancing!

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    2. Are you thinking of trying abstract again, Charlie? I really love what you did before. I do not love this one, but it makes me feel better that so many other artists do love it! I’ve never tried to abstract something on purpose, I don’t think. I almost think of these as visual quilts, because I am much more familiar with quilting than with painting.

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  7. YOU Pack Power into such Small space!! you fool the eye into thinking the painting is huge! 6×6 is small for the amount of work and information you’ve provided the viewer. so impressive. lovely white and calm areas, balance the painting. It has a fabulous composition, with an underlying design that flirts with the viewer. it is so interesting Laura. you did great! 🙂

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      1. you’re welcome LL! you did great!
        like seeing what you do, when you have a few days to relax and create!!! for me – its a relief, not ‘having to’ get something created…. and typed up, each day. so thats restful!

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        1. It really is. More and more, I’m starting to see the benefits of not posting daily. Although in July, contemplating posting a WC painting daily for World Watercolor month! I may do a WC background with acrylic on top. Who knows. Sky’s the limit. Sharon and I are cooking up another collaboration. Wouldn’t it be cool if a bunch of us decided on a few ground rules and all posted our work on such and such a day? Really glad you likes this, Debi. I’m also glad you’re recharging.

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            1. She did a mix of WC and digital last time, which was yesterday’s post. I did acrylic. We limited the colors and she suggested we go abstract! How could I resist?! This next time we’re going strict paint, no digital, but wide open, may even add fabric and again limiting to three different colors. Fun! I think we would all have a blast doing this kind of thing. So much fun to be inspired by each other’s work!

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    1. Thanks, Graham! I appreciate you stopping by and letting me know that! I wish I could get to a place where I know in advance which are successful and which are not. I liked the orange one I posted yesterday much better than this one. I like most of my paintings better than this one lol. But I know you’re right, because of all the great feedback I got about this one. I just wish I knew why. If you have time, would love your thoughts. Hope you have a great week.

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  8. Well, Laura, there’s a lot more going on in this one so its much more interesting to me. The matrix is a strong motif and the interplay of the complementary colours is strong with the added blacks and whites. There seems to be texture in some of the squares giving them an organic feel. The whole thing has a purpose, energy and complexity that the orange painting doesn’t.
    Not that I’m saying that quiet simple paintings aren’t successful, it just seems that this orange one lacks purpose. There are a few swirls I like which could be developed maybe accentuated with some darker colour but I feel that you don’t have a vision for this one. It’s just playing around which isn’t a bad thing to try out techniques, but I am not grabbed by it. Obviously some people are, as you have many likes as long as they aren’t just pressing the like button in order to move on.

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    1. I appreciate that, Graham, and you’re right on. I didn’t have a plan at all approaching the orange one. I find when I go into abstracts with a plan, it often derails the painting and it winds up finding its own way. It’s probably just me, as that seems nonsensical. I was thinking about developing some of the swirls. Or maybe just taking the swirl idea to a whole new canvas is a better thought? Not sure if there is enough contrast in the orange one either. Anyway, I don’t want to take too much of your time. I appreciate your analysis very much.

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