The Daily Abstract

Daily abstract paintings posted throughout 2022

About The Daily Abstract

The Daily Abstract began on the 1st January 2022. The little paintings that I posted daily to this blog, during 2022, were mostly mixed media with a few digital paintings towards the end of the year. They gave me the opportunity to play with different techniques, styles, materials and colours.

Sometimes I created the paintings to test a specific composition for a much larger piece of work that I was planning. Others were pure experimentation, or a reaction to a place I had been, something I had seen or experienced, perhaps a mood I wanted to convey, or were simply fun to paint.

By the 31st December 2022, I had posted 365 abstracts, one a day for a year.

I hope you enjoy looking through the paintings on The Daily Abstract. Please use the archive links below to look at each month’s paintings or the search bar.

Future abstract paintings will be posted on my Journal.

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Interstellar Theatrics

Interstellar Theatrics

Interstellar Theatrics

Mixed media "Fluid Art" abstract painting

  • Acrylic paints
  • Matt house paint
  • Washing up liquid
  • Stretched canvas 30 x 25 cm

For this painting I was looking to create a chaotic galaxy, with swirls and contrast and perhaps an intergalactic battle taking place….

People often ask me how I create some of my art, so following is a description of how I painted this one.

To begin with, I covered half the canvas diagonally and painted the uncovered area with matt white house paint, which had been diluted with water and to which a little bit of washing-up liquid had been added. I then dribbled, pre-mixed, acrylic pouring paints onto the white paint stirring them a little to encourage the paints to mix.  

Next, I uncovered the other half of the painting and painted it black with white in the corner and dribbled, splatted and threw pre-mixed white, red, gold and purple acrylic paints onto the dark side and again stirred the paints, pulling them across the borders on both sides to blend them. The washing-up liquid that I had added broke the surface tension of the paints a little and helped them to flow into each other. 

 

 Below are a few closeup views of the painting.

Interstellar Theatrics - close up detail

 

 Interstellar Theatrics - close up detail

 

Interstellar Theatrics - close up detail

 

Interstellar Theatrics - close up detail

 Check back tomorrow for another painting:

 

 

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