The Daily Abstract

These abstracts are small paintings that I create to experiment with different ideas, techniques and materials. They are a visual diary of abstract ideas which I hope you will enjoy.

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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