Abstract 88 – 10, 11, 12

Abstract 88 – 10, 11, 12


I’m still on watercolor here. I took an abstract break for awhile as my inspiration had that dried up feeling. I couldn’t think of anything to paint to save my life. As this series is simply a casual exploration, I decided not to be offended. Instead, I worked a little on a colored pencil drawing that I’ve been working on for awhile now. Since that already had a subject, all I had to do was continue drawing it. I have found that working on both that and this abstract series actually works really well.

Anyway, I started looking around at other abstract paintings to get some ideas on using shapes and lines and colors together in a different way. This is what emerged today. As you know, I like a lot of colors so I happily put down another rainbow happy palette. Then I tried to arrange simple lines and circles to create some movement. Does anyone see a tiny little face peeking up from the lower left corner or is it just me? Anyway, I like this one!

Below, in order of age, are my children’s titles for this painting.

Christie: Rainbow Swirls

Charlotte: Rainbow Monkton (Monkton is the name of my grandmother’s dog. I didn’t press for explanation on this one but I continue to wonder…)

Bradley: Solar System

Nick: Swirly


When I first started this one, it went very smoothly. I made the background of yellow, green and blue just like I wanted. 

After that, my mind went totally blank.

I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. Isn’t it annoying when that happens? Sometimes, it’s fun to have endless possibilities stretch out ahead of you. But today, I wasn’t in that sort of mood. I just wanted to have a plan and execute it. 

I ended up deciding there was nothing wrong with trying triangles and rectangles and circles! So that’s what happened. I’m not sure about the result but I’m trying to remember that ultimately, there is nothing “wrong” when it comes to art. Well, mostly, anyway. 😀

Below, in order of age, are my children’s titles for this painting.

Christie: Rainbow Dots

Charlotte: Alien

Bradley: Smile

Nick: Dots Everwhere


Finally stocked back up on oil paint supplies! And this one just happened! Even though I love watercolor, I was really happy to have my oil paints back. There is just something about them that really agrees with me. 

I had a couple of other extra colors in mind when I first began but ended up staying with just three colors. This one makes me think of the beach and ocean waves.

Below, in order of age, are my children’s titles for this painting. I see a couple of them had the same thoughts as me!

Christie: Desert Oasis

Charlotte: Whistle

Bradley: The Beach

Nick: Blue & Yellow Stuff

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