A Different Kind Of Abstraction

So this week’s abstraction is entirely different from last weeks.  Funnily enough, I came across something in Singapore that made me take a second look and reminded  me of my paintings.
Here is a photo of one of the container ships in the port at Singapore.

Container ship

Container ship

And here are the Abstracts I was working on before I went away.

Colour Field 1

Colour Field 1


And then a little less defined…..

Colour field 2

Colour field 2

And lastly a combination of the two….

Colour field 3

Colour field 3

So these works are small paintings working with small blocks of colour. I was amazed when the pattern of the containers on the ship in Singapore caught my eye. Here it is below.


Abstracts Container ship abstract patterns

Container ship abstract patterns

I could see the similarities to my small paintings and ways in which I might now push those works further- a fascinating concept.  You never know when or where you are going to find inspiration to take your work further.  I had been feeling a bit stuck with these works, but now I have some new ideas to play with in improving them.


Next Thursday’s Post: Somewhere in the heart.

Next Monday’s Post: Visiting Meursault.

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So here we have the same subject as last week handled differently.

Beginning with the drawing again…

Working drawing charcoal for Underpainting

Working drawing charcoal

and a working drawing for suggested different coloured underpainting…..


Working drawing


Then applying the paint this time using colour not too dissimilar from the under painting.

Abstract Painting -Yellow House

Abstract Painting -Yellow House


From this exercise you can see how the same subject can be painted quite differently indeed.It is fun to experiment with things like this – you never know just how things will turn out.  But it is also a great way to launch, or drift really into an abstract concept – this image could certainly be pushed a lot further if I wanted to.  This kind of painting is sometimes called colour blocking.

Next Thursday’s Post: A different kind of abstraction

Next Monday’s Post: Childhood causes for creative blocks

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Called to create – are you?

Continuing our discussion from last week, lets take a look at the question that was posed.

What is the invisible box hindering your creativity?

So you have a unique ability and don’t really want to share it with the world.  Well that’s OK. However this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your best to develop it. And the thing is that even if you don’t personally get around to sharing it, some one at some point will and others will benefit.  There are so many artists down through history, who didn’t become famous till after they had died.

What if Van Gogh had decided not to keep on painting, despite the lack of recognition he received when he was alive.  We would not be able to see his beautiful works today. But he didn’t hold back.  He kept on working until the end of his life.  Do we have the right to do any less?

Well, we all have free will you might argue, and certainly we do, and you may say there are other things you have to do. Be that as it may, my question is, why don’t you want to do the thing you are best in the world at?

In a word it all comes back to  fear. Fear can take many forms, and it will nearly always stop us from doing something that we want to do. The thing is to understand what you are afraid of, because then you can deal with it.. As the saying goes – ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’.

One of the best kept secrets in the world is that of how to deal with fear.  So I would suggest that your invisible box more than likely has a rather fancy wrapping paper  of fear around it.

gift wrapped box photo

Check out next week’s post for more on fear.

This weeks question: What are you afraid of?  What fear is keeping you stuck or away from your art?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Southland Studies

Next Monday’s Post: Fear and Creating

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Photo by Muffet

I have been working on the Southland Series, working up one of the areas of the Southern Hills II painting in some small trial paintings, with a view to doing a larger version a bit further down the track.. There is an area of the original painting that I think bears further exploration, and may become almost abstract in the process….. see below

Studies For Southland Series

Southern Hills snippet

So I’m looking at a couple of different ways to treat this area.

Here are the first stages of that….

Southland Series - Study I

And this…..

Southland Series - Study 2 -Underpainting

Study 2 -Underpainting


Southland Series Study  2 -Underpainting

Southland Study 2 -Underpainting further on…


Next Thursday’s Post: Southland Studies Finished

Next Monday’s Post: Called To Create

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Songs of the Sea – finished

To continue following the path of this work you can see that
I have deliberately left the dark, running, underpainting visible, through the layers of water, as I think this gives the work that mysterious depth in the water, that you get from an aerial perspective.

Songs Of The Sea

Waves are in!

I loved the abstract way the waves wash the top of the image.  It throws your sense of perspective and makes it difficult to figure out just exactly what you are looking at. the waves and sand have been painted in here and there are only a few finishing touches to go.  And here is the finished painting…..

Songs Of The Sea - Kadira Jennings

As you can see there has been a lot more depth added to the colour of the painting in both the sand and the sea, to give it a final impact and depth.

If you would like to see more of my completed work, head on over to my on line portfolio.

Next Thursday’s Post: Dabbling with some new ideas

Next Monday’s Post:  The Calling To Create

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As always – I began with an underpainting. – burnt sienna and then blocked in with the French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna mix as usual.  I have begun with the sand area at the top of the painting.

Songs of the sea - under painting

Under painting

This work is taken off an image I shot while on a helicopter ride one day. Near where I live is a place called The Entrance where a narrow sea inlet feeds into a large lake system.  The day I took this image I was flying of a stretch of dunes and water just to the north of this area.

Songs Of The Sea - green blocked in

First layer of the ocean has been applied now

This painting involved several thin layers of paint to establish the almost translucent look of the water. I used a lot of medium with the paint.  By the next post you will see the finished work.

If you would like to see more of my completed work, head on over to my on line portfolio.

Next Thursday’s Post: Songs of the Sea Finished

Next Monday’s Post:  Guerrilla Marketing – a book review

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