Abstract Art 2

Abstract Art 2 – Free paintings to download and print. Some more abstract art, and an idea on how to salvage paintings, and build confidence and enjoyment in painting.

You may enjoy some of my “Macro Meditation” paintings, where I have used a macro lens to take photos of some of my abstract works, which I think adds a feeling of drama and mystery. Click here http://www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/david-clode.html

“Asian Gold”

This painting includes a few different reds, golds, and black. Red and gold are a popular colour combination in China, Vietnam and some other Asian countries. This painting could be good as a background for a Christian poster that may appeal to people from some Asian countries, preferably in the appropriate language. The painting is multi-layered, with overlapping colours and tones giving visual depth, and using scumbled paint to add texture and interest.

"Asian Gold"

“Asian Gold”

“Asian Gold”. Artist: David Clode.

Asian Gold detail

Asian Gold detail

“Asian Gold” detail.

Asian Gold detail

Asian Gold detail

“Asian Gold” detail.

Asian Gold detail

Asian Gold detail

“Asian Gold” detail.

Asian Gold detail

Asian Gold detail

“Asian Gold” detail.


Salvaging paintings – the “happy accident technique”

Below is a way to present some of those “happy accidents”, using small good portions of what may be a much larger abstract painting that may not have worked as well as you had hoped. Sometimes there are bits that you like, and bits that you don’t like. This technique enables you to salvage the bits or portions that you do like, and make a better painting, and have fun at the same time. This could also be an art (and photography) class in schools, prisons, etc.

The technique, step-by-step

Prepare the background canvas first by painting a thick and textured, impasto coat of black or dark coloured paint (e.g. dark purple, dark blue or dark green) with a large, coarse brush. You could add some mat medium to produce a satin finish.

Cut out the best portion(s) that you like from your abstract painting, using scissors (or tear them out), and then glue them, using acrylic binder medium, to the prepared background canvas. You could glue just one portion on to the background canvas, or, as my sister Laya Ross suggested to me, make a collage of multiple, partly overlapping, or just next to each other,  “good bits”.  The good portions are likely to have lighter, brighter, and perhaps warmer colours, and a gloss finish (either from impasto medium or gloss varnish); so a darker, cooler, mat/satin background makes the painting portion(s) “pop out” visually from the background. The edges of the portion(s) you have cut out may need to be painted an appropriate colour before you glue them onto the background canvas. Alternatively, add some modelling compound or similar around the edges of the good bits, to build up the background to the same level as the good bits, and then finish with another coat of thick black or dark paint to the background canvas, painting over some of the edges of the good bit(s), to blend them into the background.

Advantages of the “happy accident technique”

This technique frees you up to experiment and play, and to salvage paintings. It takes away the pressure to perform, and makes painting fun.

I think many people will enjoy this approach if:

they are just starting to paint and they are building up their confidence and expertise,

they are suffering from temporary “artist’s block”,

they think they can’t paint,

or their natural inclination is towards detailed, photo-realistic painting, and struggle to loosen up, and would just like to have some fun.

I think the technique would be suitable for art classes and perhaps art therapy. I hope you try it and have some fun. A few examples below:

Red-violet brush stroke

Red-violet brush strokes.

 Red-violet brush strokes. Acrylic painting by David Clode. A “good bit” glued with acrylic binder medium onto a black painted background canvas.

Sweeping yell brush stroke.

Sweeping yellow brush stroke.

Sweeping yellow brush stroke. Acrylic. David Clode. A “good bit” glued onto a black painted background.

Orange brush strokes.

Orange brush strokes.

Orange brush strokes. Acrylic. A “good bit” glued onto a stretched canvas which has been painted satin black.



“Fireworks”. Acrylic. A “good bit” presented on a stretched canvas which has been painted black.

I think it may be worth scumbling some dark green, blue, or purple paint, as appropriate, over the black background, so that the good portion blends better into the background. I may get around to this later.

I did this, and I think it is a slight but not significant improvement.

Talents… use them! Jesus tells us to use our talents in the parable of the talents. Photo and poster: David Clode.


Talents… use them! Photo: Diego Ph on unsplash.com. Jesus commands us to use our talents in the parable of the talents. Poster: David Clode.


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