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Coming Undone

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Coming Undone

This is one of my favorite paintings, not because of its visual appearance but because of the joyful process of creating it. Having what I considered to be a lot of stress in my life at the time, I wanted to represent something that would exemplify how I felt. And, of course, the process did help to alleviate most of the stress altogether!

Coming Undone

Coming Undone

The beginnings of this painting were interesting, but, at one point, I had a sort of “blah” painting that needed some spicing up. Here is a photo that shows the painting in one of its early stages. It was, at this point, coming together, but still needed some work on the right-hand side. So I continued to add color and emphasis, using a small circular stencil to add the small dots you see within the circular shapes.

Coming Undone

Coming Undone, Displayed

When completed, the edges were finished and the painting was hung on my wall. Some photos were taken to show specific areas and the overall effect when hung.

Coming Undone, Closeup 1

Coming Undone, Closeup 1

Abstract Acrylic Art

Coming Undone, Closeup 2

Abstract Acrylic Art

Coming Undone, Edge







Though this may not be my best work, it certainly has meaning to me. It has the impression of being wound up (stressed), much like bobbins on a sewing machine, and then being let loose – becoming less stressed. Thus, Coming Undone!




Little Florals – Getting Grounded

Since the beginning of April, I have been a bit uninspired to continue my abstract painting. Although I will never give up paintings abstracts, there are times when I feel a more structured painting would help me to become more creative.

So I decided to take a “break” and get myself grounded once again. The way I do this is to paint something with a more realistic approach. Since I love, love, love flowers – there aren’t many who don’t – I decided to paint some small 12×12″ florals in acrylic.


March Tulips

First, I decided to do tulips. I remember my first trials at painting these seemingly simple flowers in watercolor several years ago. After painting “umpteen” tulips, I finally got it! So my first small acrylic is of some March Tulips. I painted these in warm colors to signify the warming of the earth as spring rolls ’round.

bearded irises

Iris Parade

Next, I painted my most favorite of flowers – the bearded iris. My challenge was to paint these in more or less of a straight line arrangement; thus, Iris Parade was formulated in my mind. I decided to paint them in cool colors since the first floral of tulips was in warm tones.

And finally, since there are no flowers without a few weeds amongst them, I decided to paint a milk thistle. Their lovely fluffy heads and oddly shaped tendrils surrounding them intrigued me. I loved using a small brush to paint multiple layers of magenta, ultramarine blue and white to create the flower head.


Milk Thistle

My foray into painting a few florals has now made me yearn to go back to working more expressively. Doing more detailed work impresses upon me how much I love putting my feeling into paintings. Now that I am “grounded” I can happily and eagerly return to creating some new abstract acrylic paintings.

Merit – Getting Inspiration from Everyday Things



Finding inspiration for an abstract piece of artwork can come from obvious but often unnoticed objects. You can find inspiration in the bark of trees, in the colors at a farmer’s market, in the shadows on the wall…almost anywhere your eye can wander.

The inspiration for my latest painting, Merit, was inspired by an advertisement photo of various colored ribbons on spools. In order to not break any copyright laws, I have not posted the photo and my painting does not show a realistic representation of the photo.

Merit, Starting Out

Merit, Beginning of the Painting

The layout of the advertisement was used as an inspiration and I revised it to fit the canvas and conform to what I had in mind. The colors are not inspired by the photo as I wanted my painting to be much more vibrant. The spools were transformed into rectangular shapes and colors for the background were chosen with an eye for continuity in the painting.

Some breaks between the rectangular shapes were created with softened areas to give a smooth transition and a path for the eye to follow. In other areas, shadows were added to the edges of the shapes to give them a feeling of depth. When adding the shadows, I kept in  mind that the light source was coming from above left. This helped not only with shadows, but with adding highlights to various areas.

A bit of stenciling was added to the curved shape to add a bit of texture and interest to the painting. A voila! Merit was complete!

Now, I challenge you to find something in your everyday life that inspires you to make a new creation, be it a painting, a quilt, fabric art or wearable art, a 3D structure, a collage, whatever you like. Happy creating!