the other paul smith

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A work in progress

I thought that you might like to see how one of my paintings develops. This is what I’m working on right now. It’s not finished yet – the orange sections in particular need reworking. Its number 3 of my Black Series of abstract works.

Early stage of Black series Untitled III
Early stage of Black series Untitled III

I started by covering the canvas with cadmium yellow acrylic. Then let it dry to prevent the next layer of colour from mixing with the yellow and muddying. At this stage I was using ultramarine, emerald green, cadmium orange and cadmium red. Putting it on the canvas instinctively. There was already a sense of excitement at this early stage.

Second stage of Black series Untitled III
Second stage of Black series Untitled III

I continued adding more of these 4 vibrant colours to the canvas while also adding black. There is more of a sense of movement on the canvas at this stage which I wanted.

Scratching into the surface
Scratching into the surface

A lot of my work is torn back  or scratched into  to reveal the underlayer – I use my hands as well as a wide variety of tools.

3rd stage of Black series Untitled III
3rd stage of Black series Untitled III

At this point I had added more layers of paint and then let it dry for a while before marking into the canvas. Particularly in the red sections. I scraped back the orange almost to nothing in several sections but didn’t like the result so will be working on this next. The painting still lacked something. I added cobalt blue which I think brought the painting alive.  I’m really  happy with how it looks – at this stage there is still a lot more to do before it’s finished – but its looking good. Look out for the final version on my Artworks page or see it by clicking here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can abstract artists draw?

I know that many people think that abstract artists can’t draw. While I often do life drawing and sculpting I very rarely draw inanimate objects as my paintings are based on emotions and intuition. Unstructured and free flowing. But I thought I’d have a go at a still life. It’s an anglepoise lamp sitting in a set of weighing scales with some flowers. An unusual composition but it suited me. I like the composition – let me know what you think.

Anglepoise lamp still life drawing
Anglepoise lamp still life drawing
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Large abstract works

I enjoy working on large canvases. They allow me to use my whole upper body to make broad gestural marks when applying the paint to the canvas. For these 2 paintings I used  household brushes rather than artists brushes as they allowed me to load a large quantity of paint onto the brush.

 

 

Red and blue large abstract painting Untitled on canvas 150cm x 90cm

Untitled on canvas 150cm x 90cm

 

 

Untitled blue and purple on canvas large

 

Untitled on canvas 150cm x 90cm

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A work in progress

A work in progress

I thought that you might like to see how one of my paintings develops. This is what I'm working on right now. It's not finished yet - the orange sections in particular need reworking. Its number 3 of my Black Series of abstract works. I started by covering the canvas...
October 6th, 2017
The finished version

The finished version

The painting of the anglepoise lamp was ok but for me it didn't have a lot of life or energy. So I covered it in blue paint which I let dry for a while. Then I took the painting to the sink and started washing it, scrubbing it, cutting into it...
September 26th, 2017
From drawing to painting

From drawing to painting

Once I had completed my drawing of an anglepoise lamp sitting in a set of weighing scales I was itching to make a painting from it. Again, not my usual route to a painting but I'll post the stages of the painting so you can see its evolution. These are the first 3 stages -...
September 26th, 2017
Can abstract artists draw?

Can abstract artists draw?

I know that many people think that abstract artists can't draw. While I often do life drawing and sculpting I very rarely draw inanimate objects as my paintings are based on emotions and intuition. Unstructured and free flowing. But I thought I'd have a go at a still life. It's an anglepoise lamp...
September 26th, 2017
Large abstract works

Large abstract works

I enjoy working on large canvases. They allow me to use my whole upper body to make broad gestural marks when applying the paint to the canvas. For these 2 paintings I used  household brushes rather than artists brushes as they allowed me to load a large quantity of paint...
August 7th, 2017
Small Abstract Works

Small Abstract Works

I often paint smaller works onto board rather than canvas. This  enables me to scratch deeply into the surface of the paint. Untitled on board   This is the charcoal drawing which was the basis for the painting above. Study for Untitled on board - Charcoal on paper
August 7th, 2017
New works on paper

New works on paper

I painted this on long strip of paper using  a restricted palette of heavy body acrylics  - much of it is painted by squeezing the paint out of the tube directly onto the paper then using my hand to indent into the paint while it is still wet and malleable....
August 5th, 2017