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.


Symphony of Hair

Symphony of Hair

Symphony of Hair


Mixed media;

  • Acrylic paints
  • House paint
  • Washing up liquid
  • Salt
  • Coffee
  • Wood base approx. 13cm x 25cm  


For this painting I wanted to use lines to lead the viewer around the painting.

To start, I painted the wooden board with white matte house paint as a base coat and let it dry. 

Then I repainted the board with white acrylic paint, slightly diluted and with a few drops of washing up liquid added to help the paints bleed into each other.  I then dropped some pouring acrylics onto the board and used a wide toothed comb to create lines and sprinkled sea salt on half of the painting. The salt caused the paint to bleed locally and is quite a pretty effect.

Then, I sprinkled some instant coffee granules onto the painting and few drops of water to help them blend. The coffee adds depth and contrast to the colours.  By gently blowing onto the wet paints I encouraged them to run a little. 

Check back tomorrow for another painting.....




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