In these past few weeks, I have been exploring and experimenting with various avenues of abstract painting. This was a more personal endeavour through which I aimed to find the best style to express my mood, emotions, and though process.

The following painting was one that I had done some time ago, however I recently took a lot of time to add in even more layers, more quality of depth, and really ensure that I was clearly evoking the mood that I wanted to inject into this painting.

Throughout the whole process I kept in mind the distinct feeling of dread swirling around in a restricted coop of resignation. This is reflected in the colder colours of blue and grey which make up both bold brush strokes of colour as well as severe lines representative of restriction. I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of this painting and I feel that it strikes a very nice balance between the more blended, watery colours and the harsh dark blue accents.

This painting was an attempt at a diptych for the previous painting above.

Personally, I do not like this painting at all. I did not use enough contrast and variation of tone in order to create an aesthetically pleasing painting. Upon further reflection, I realized that I hadn’t taken the time to build up the more subtle washes of color behind the strong accents which would have added much more depth to the painting. I don’t think that I achieved the sense of dread and resignation that I was aiming for.

Below is a before-and-after of a very conceptual painting which I have titled, Blemish. I was exploring a technique where I would paint bold strokes of paint onto a wet background and then blend it all together using only vertical brush strokes.

This created a blurred effect on the whole canvas which reminded me of an image being out of focus on a camera. I was very interested in how this turned out because the variations between the dark and the light were still noticeably crisp.  Thus, I added a single dot. A single, orange dot which was so crisp, so ‘in focus’ that your eye is immediately drawn to it and, I would even argue, cannot move away from it because it seems like such a disturbance against the fluidity of the background. This relates to the fashion industry where everything is airbrushed to perfection and if there is a single mistake, a single blemish, then that is the sole thing that people will see.

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  1. I love the focus on the voyage of discovery through this post, Leo. You talk about your successes, but more importantly, your “failures.” I love the process and how you talk about what you are learning through your experiments. Again, I’d love to hear more about where you get your inspiration from. Where do you get your ideas for techniques? Who is working in styles that you emulate?

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