Geometric Abstract: Purple, Pink and Blue (World Watercolor Month, 19/31)

Last year, I became entranced by Kerfe’s 100 Grids Project at Method Two Madness.   Please check her project out if you haven’t seen it – they’re the most beautiful grids I’ve ever seen.    Nina and Kerfe are good friends, and post their artwork (and even musical performances!) on their blog.  Her grid project led me to embrace the idea of geometric artwork.   Coincidentally, I’ve been doing informal color studies lately, particularly with M. Graham’s Ultramarine and Prussian blues, combining the colors wet in wet, and letting them mingle together on the page as they dry.

Then I started thinking about composing a *gasp* planned, geometric watercolor painting that embraces all kinds of lines and shapes.  I started with a small color study using only M. Graham’s Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Rose watercolors.  The above piece is 5 3/4″ by 3 1/2″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper.  It was interesting and fun, and I learned a few things from this exercise.   Mostly, I surprised myself by enjoying the precision of it.   So I decided to do another, a bit larger adding one more color, M. Graham’s Quinacridone Violet, another favorite, to the mix.   This is 5 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:

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I was much more pleased with this one, and now I may take Margaret’s advice (and Hub agrees, too) and go larger.   I’ll be working my way to larger paper as I learn how to compose paintings with a ruler, which is a new one on me!    Mainly, just learning more about how various pigments behave, how they mingle on the page together, and most importantly, how to get various effects in and with my paint and brushes.   Hopefully the paintings will become a bit more exciting as I go!

I also want to let my fellow art supply addicts know that Dick Blick Art Materials is offering free shipping on orders of $35 or more through Friday of this week!   (Yes, I’m a compensated affiliate, but friends don’t let friends pay shipping and handling, even if it is under $5 an order.)

I want to thank you all for your encouragement and friendship as I find my path, more and more, as an abstract painter who also loves to draw realistically.   It’s kind of weird with one foot in each ballpark, but it’s kinda the story of my life, so why should art be any different?!    I’m still feeling like a kid at an amusement park every time I pick up a paintbrush.    I hope you find time today to do something that gives you the same feeling.    Happy Tuesday, and May the Pigments be With You.   Peace.

83 thoughts on “Geometric Abstract: Purple, Pink and Blue (World Watercolor Month, 19/31)

    1. Thank you, Steven! I can only hope! Boy, if everyone took the time to create daily……..in whatever way inspires them the most, I truly don’t think we’d have all of the war, violence, it would just be beauty and love and people caring for each other and protecting each other………trying to create as much as I can and spread it far and wide and contagion is definitely what I’m after! Thank you again. Glad you enjoyed. πŸ’œ

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      1. That’s such a beautiful idea. There can be so much inspiration in art, and its rewards are as simple as a smile or or a reflection of beauty. And it doesn’t take much… just the gifts of people doing what they love doing anyway. πŸ™‚

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  1. This is great Laura! Rulers and compasses are good tools for abstraction. I like how you blended the colors within each shape, it gives a lot of dimension.
    And thanks for the shout-out. (And the encouragement to Nina too to get back to posting) (K)

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  2. these are GORGEOUS Loo! You make me want to get out a pencil and ruler and color geometric patterns!!!! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing the tip on the free shipping. I might just take advantage!! πŸ™‚ Beautiful colors and design and thanks for sharing your journey. I’m so enjoying it with you.

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    1. And the same goes for you, my artistanistasista! (Take that, autocorrect) I hope you do, I’d love to see! Although I will say, still haven’t come up with lines anywhere like I envisioned to start with. Ain’t it just the way. I guess Kerfe said it best – these things must find their way. Oh the zen wisdom that exists in our little corner of WP! Glad you enjoyed this Jodi. I wasn’t sure how they would be received …

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  3. Stunning work! I love how you have wrangled your abstract with the lines and shapes, and the fine white border on some of the shapes really helps with dimension and “pop.” Such fun and so striking!

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  4. I had no idea that geometrics are under your spell! love them both but especially your last one and it is larger…..even if it is an inch…..yes! slowly but surely, you’ll see…your confidence will be building. Love “May the Pigments be with you!”…..yep…..better be I am off to go paint at a cemetery! can’t wait.

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    1. Thanks, Kirk! I’d like them to be a bit more cohesive; hopefully that comes with practice. And that last line was a typo I didn’t catch in edit. I thought I’d deleted it but mobile wp apps are weird sometimes. Hehe. Glad you like this, I’m always curious what you’ll think of my abstracts. Your reactions sometimes feel like whole novels!

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  5. I like the straight lines and geometric pattern to this. I giggled when you said planning…gasp. I feel ya!!!!!

    Have you seen some of the Michael Lang videos. When I read this post I thought about his geometric abstracts and thought if you hadn’t heard of him maybe you would like to see some of his stuff and his process. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LY7KiuFyK5o

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    1. Wow, Dawn, woo! I guess his medium is oil? Wow, he’s pretty incredible, really glad you shared that link. Every thing I try, I feel like I could just keep going but then I’m so art-ADD that I wind up on something different again. I should really study his stuff because it’s really interesting to see how he composes. It’s pretty tough to come up with a really interesting and pleasing, yet cohesive composition by adding lines. I’m not much for thumbnail sketching but if I stay with geometrics I think I need to start. Does he make you wanna try this kind of work too?

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      1. I think his stuff is gorgeous and I love his colors! Oh my goodness. It does make me want to try. I have watched a few of his videos and I think he is pretty darn cool.

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  6. fantastic! love the color unity in the last image and the overal design best in the top image with the soft edges and the greater amount of Light. Both are awesome…. way to go! I’m up pre-preDawn….so am quickly on WP atm, lol

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