Acrylic Abstract and Contemporary Realism

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“Autumn Solitude” started with a few colors of the season and one of my favorite blues, phthalo. With a palette knife and a few brush strokes I created the outline of her hat, the ribbon, and some  of the background areas. Because the top third of the canvas needed a little interest, I figured a pop of red from a faraway balloon would do the trick. Then for it to make sense, I had to add the narrative, and that’s when the tiny figure of the young girl on the right came about.

When I finished this painting, I thought of how often people on their own, by choice or due to certain circumstances, learn to enjoy their own company and find peace and clarity in nature. Brave souls sometimes walk alone.

NOTE: “Autumn Solitude” was created in acrylics on 12 X 16 Canson Montval Fine Art  Paper (SOLD to a Kindred Spirit)

I rarely know where my paintings will go after the first layers of paint dry and here’s a good example. This is what the background looked like before I added the face and headpiece.

I almost didn’t want to touch it and leave it for a future painting adding abstract figures, but I moved forward with it, exploring contemporary realism and light, therefore, my subject was enlightening and became known as “The Prophetess.”

NOTE: “The Prophetess” was created in acrylics on 12 X 16 Canson Montval Fine Art  Paper (SOLD to a Kindred Spirit)

It’s all about the journey and moving out of our comfort zones. Thank you for reading and have a fantastic week creating your own magic!