Abstract Art 1, Impressionism

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

Abstract Art, Impressionist paintings. Free downloadable abstract paintings.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course, and abstract art is not to everyone’s taste. Personally, I enjoy painting abstract art, and I hope that you will like some of the colours, textures and brush strokes in the artworks below, even if you are not normally a fan of abstract art. There are no pretentions toward anything deep and meaningful in most of these abstract artworks – they are mostly about the simple, child-like enjoyment of impasto textures, scumbling, brush strokes, vibrant colours, mood and depth – and me having some fun! If you haven’t painted before, or are not confident, perhaps you will be encouraged to have a go and have some fun yourself (there is an art movement called Funism, so you can legitimately indulge yourself). See also the page “Abstract Art 2”.

The two abstract works below are from a portion of one of my mother’s pastel seascape paintings. A left click on the painting will bring up a larger image.

"Bay of Fires Abstract 1". Pastel abstract painting by Sian Butler.

“Bay of Fires Abstract 1”. Pastel abstract painting by Sian Butler.


"Bay of Fires Abstract 2". Pastel abstract painting by Sian Butler.

“Bay of Fires Abstract 2”. Pastel abstract painting by Sian Butler.

Some of my paintings are now available as prints and postcards, click here:  http://www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/david-clode.html . Have a look for “Macro Meditations” paintings on the above site, where I have taken photos of some of my abstract paintings at an angle with a macro lens, with what I think are some quite dramatic results.

“All children are artists.

The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”

Pablo Picasso


This is the day the LORD has made Bible verse poster. Photo: Marko Blazevic on unsplash.com. Poster: David Clode.


“What do I want to express with my work?

Nothing else than that which every artist seeks:

to achieve harmony through the balance of the relationships

between lines, colors and planes.

But only in the clearest and strongest way”

Piet Mondrian


I love this photo by Matteo Catanese on unsplash.com. I extended the photo on the left (increased canvas size in a purplish colour), then used the clone tool to create an impressionist/cubist look. This photo/poster background is free for you to use to add text to make posters.

Photo by Matteo Catanese on unsplash.com, poster background by David Clode.

An example of a poster I made with this background below:

Walk in the light poster. Photo: Matteo Catanese on unsplash.com, poster by David Clode.


Abstract art -“Brush Strokes” series

“Brush Strokes 1”

“Brush Strokes 1”. This is a close up photo of a small section of one of my paintings, an abstract expression of a wheatfield. I just like the texture and colours, and I had fun doing it.

“Brush Strokes 2”

“Brush Strokes 2”

“Brush Strokes 3”

“Brush Strokes 3”. I manipulated the photo above, and the following one, just for fun.

“Brush Strokes 4”

“Brush Strokes 4”.


Abstract Art – Animal patterns

I get a lot of inspiration from nature – the following paintings are an abstract expression of the designs or patterns of a few animals. I call this art style “Naturism” (not to be confused with people who don’t wear clothes – where, in my opinion, the term nudists and not naturists or naturism, should be applied).

The pastel painting below is an attempt to capture the essence of the design (distilled from a large number of examples, with some artistic licence) of the Gaboon viper (also called Gaboon adder), an African rain forest snake.

Gaboon viper

“Gabonica”. The pattern or design of the Gaboon viper, Bitis gabonica. Pastel painting by David Clode.

A photo of a Gaboon viper:

Bitis gabonica. Photo: echitobplusicp.org.

Bitis gabonica. Photo: echitobplusicp.org.


"Atropos". The pattern of the Cape Mountain Adder, Bitis atropos.

“Atropos”. A flambouyant version of the pattern of the Cape Mountain Adder, Bitis atropos.


Abstract painting of the design of the Clown Triggerfish. Acrylic painting by David Clode.

“Conspicillum”. Abstract painting of the Divine design of the Clown Triggerfish, Ballistoides conspicillum. Acrylic painting by David Clode.

A photo of a Clown triggerfish:

Clown triggerfish. Photo: inthetank.com.

Clown triggerfish. Photo: inthetank.com.


"Nasicornis". An interpretation of the pattern of the Rhinoceros viper, Bitis nasicornis.

“Nasicornis”. An interpretation of the pattern of the Rhinoceros viper, Bitis nasicornis.

For more patterns in nature, click on the “Divine Designs God’s Creation” button at the top of the page.

Rhinoceros Viper Bitis nasicornis. Photo: Mazuch T. Serpentes.eu.

Rhinoceros Viper Bitis nasicornis. Photo: Mazuch T. Serpentes.eu.


“God is an artist”

Pablo Picasso


Abstract paintings – “Serendipity series”

Sometimes small portions of a painting are more interesting or work better than other parts of the same painting, often due more to good luck than good management – some artists refer to these as “happy accidents”. Another name for this is serendipity. See the “Abstract Art 2” page for a way of presenting these “better bits”.


“There’s nothing wrong with reaching a wide audience.”

Ken Done


serendipity 1

“Serendipity 1a”

“Serendipity 1a”

Serendipity 1b

Serendipity 1b

“Serendipity 1b”

Serendipity 2

“Serendipity 2”

“Serendipity 2”

Colour celebration.

“Colour celebration”.

“Colour celebration”.

"Serendipity 3"

“Serendipity 3”

 “Serendipity 3”

"Serendipity 4"

“Serendipity 4”

 “Serendipity 4”

"Serendipity 5"

“Serendipity 5”

“Serendipity 5a”.



“Serendipity 5b” “Chaos”.

"Broad orange brush stroke"

“Serendipity 6a – Broad orange brush stroke”

“Serendipity 6a – broad orange brush stroke.”

DSCF3634 orange flash

“Serendipity 6b – orange flash”. Art single stroke abstract.

"Serendipity orange"

“Serendipity orange”

“Serendipity 6c”.

"Serendipity 7"

“Serendipity 7”

“Serendipity 7”. Pastel pink brush stroke.

"Serendipity 8"

“Serendipity 8”

“Serendipity 8”. Pastel peach brush strokes.

"Serendipity 9"

“Serendipity 9”

“Serendipity 9”.



“Serendipity 10”, “Fireworks”.

"Serendipity 10"

“Serendipity 11”

“Serendipity 11”

Pink and green

“Serendipity 12”. Pink and green.

“Serendipity 12”



“Serendipity 11” “Fireworks”.

"Red violet brush stroke"

“Red violet brush stroke”

“Serendipity 12” “Red violet brush stroke”



“Serendipity 13” “Scarlet”.


“Colours of the Cloth” or “Mediterranean Gold”

This abstract painting combines the colours of the clothing used by the Old Testament priesthood and the colours of the tabernacle – red, gold, blue, purple and linen (white). See Exodus chapters 25, 26, 28, 35. Also, the veil in Solomon’s temple: “And he made the veil of blue, purple, crimson, and fine linen, and wove cherubim into it” 2 Chronicles 3:14..

The painting could also be called “Mediterranean Gold” – which brings to mind colours associated with some of the countries around the Mediterranean – buildings painted white and blue in Greece, blue sky, blue sea, red geraniums (pelargoniums) in pots and window boxes, plantations of lavender. See also the similar painting, “Asian Gold” (reds, golds and black) on the “Abstract Art 2” page.

Colours of the cloth, Exodus.

“Colours of the Cloth”

“Colours of the Cloth” or “Mediterranean Gold”

"The Colours of the Cloth 1"

“Colours of the Cloth”.

"The Colours of the cloth 2"

“Colours of the Cloth”

“Colours of the Cloth”.

"Colours of the Cloth"

“Colours of the Cloth”

“Colours of the Cloth”

"Colours of the Cloth"

“Colours of the Cloth” detail

“Colours of the Cloth”, detail showing scumbled paint and canvas texture.

DSCF3343 cloth 1

“Colours of the Cloth”.


Abstract art – “Rejoice!” series


“I have a predilection for painting that lends joyousness to a wall”






Mark Rothko painted squares and rectangles, trying to capture the essence of various emotions in his paintings. I prefer softer, curving shapes (I am a man after all), and I hope I have captured the emotions of joy and rejoicing in these two paintings. The cheerful colours used are mostly the same or similar to those used by Paul Gauguin in his tropical island paintings. The colours used here are intended to evoke the colours of the night sky, the deep blue sea, bougainvillea, hibiscus, the sun, and the shallow water colours of turquoise lagoons, over a coral sand seabed. Unfortunately the turquoise I used has come up on the photographs as a pale blue, and the red violet/magenta as a reddish brown.





"Rejoice!' detail 1.

“Rejoice!’ detail 1.

“Rejoice!” detail 1. Unfinished – I knew I wouldn’t be able to help myself, “tidying up the edges”, so I took these photos, in case some people prefer the rough edges. The colours are also more like the original in these two photos.

"Rejoice!" detail 2.

“Rejoice!” detail 2.

“Rejoice!” detail 2. Unfinished.



Impressionist Tropical Foliage series:

“Impressionist Tropical foliage”

“Impressionist Tropical Foliage”. Acrylic.

“Sultry tropical day”

“Sultry tropical day”.

“Coconut fronds in the breeze”

“Coconut fronds in the breeze”.

“Impression of palms in the wind”

“Impression of palms in the wind”.

“Tropical Holiday”

“Tropical Holiday”. Impressionist tropical foliage.


“…the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy”

1 Tim. 6:17c


Graffiti Solution:

“Graffiti Solution”

Abstract art in the style of Mark Rothko – a novel solution to graffiti by the Cairns Regional Council. I think it looks better than the graffiti (in many but not all cases), and better than just painting the same colour as the wall (or a closely matched colour).

I hope to do some more abstract paintings and impressionist paintings in the future (there is never enough time).



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