Tag: abstract

The Cross Abstract

I can’t seem to give up eating chips for lent but it seems like an omen that I just happen to read about the cross technique at the beginning of lent. I can do that yay. Cheating a bit but hey ho.

This is a great book for tips about abstract art:

I noticed a couple of techniques I haven’t tried yet. The cross, the L shape and the triangle.

Until Easter I’ll experiment with the cross then move on to the L shape.

Here’s two I did last night watching the Leafs lose:

I love the overlap of color you get with pastels compared to painting.

Now imagine using other themes like sheep! You could have the details of the face in the middle of the cross area. Sounds ambitious. We’ll see.

Check out this amazing artwork by ZacherFinet:


This shape would look great in collage too, either completely abstract or a road between fields perhaps.

What would you draw in this shape?

Happy creating!

Layering and Patience

I love red but there wasn’t enough contrast. You couldn’t make out the circles so I got out the pink. Very unusual color choice for me.

Shaking my virtual maracas in celebration that I didn’t ruin it as I so often do.

Here it is finished:

It is way more fun to start a few paintings at the same time and build up in layers. Have fun guessing which one you’ll finish first.

Tip: Use same color in different ways in different paintings and wait for it to dry before adding new colors. (I wasn’t doing that before, hence all the brown).

Which do you like best red or pink version? I promise not to cry 😜


Anyone tried layering? Happy creating! 🎨



Undercover sheep
Missed the mark

I intended to add sheep but they were rubbish and I have a renewed enthusiasm for splatters.

Maybe the sheep will come back in the Spring 🐑. Or I’ll stick to charcoal sketches of them. Don’t be afraid to change your mind.

Happy creating!
Catherine 🎨


Hockey Abstract and First Stamp

For the blue streaks, which is supposed to be a bit like the ice, I used a fairly wide bristled brush. I used a ruler to do the posts and some netting from the satsuma box for the hockey net which I made bigger than the posts for a more abstract (and easier ;)) look.

To be completely handmade on the stamping front I guess a sharp knife is needed, but the tools you get in the Speedball Block Printing Kit are way quicker and easier to carve out stamps.

So my recommendation for beginners to stamping is get a few tools and practise on erasers. Here is my first stamp, a tree:

There are tonnes of ideas for stamps on Pinterest. I’ve started a stamping board with my favorites.

I bought a big plank of wood which I will chop into smaller blacks. I just need to find a cheap source of linoleum.
I got one block in the Speedball kit which I might cut in half but I’m saving that for after I’ve practised a bit.

Tip: Before you even buy a tool, scribble some stamp ideas down or print off copyright free clipart so you know which stamps you like.

Happy creating!
Catherine 🎨



Just when I said I’d stick to pencil the paints come out. Consistent is not my name 😉

It’s March Break next week so I’m going to have a blogging break and when I come back I’m going to try twice a week blogging.

I’ve got a wild idea to write some personification poems to go with my animal sketches and put them in a book.

I’m super inspired every day by the wonderful artwork around the blogs, on Twitter and Instagram. Here’s an abstract I did after browsing some abstracts on Instagram:

20160308_211610I’m not 100% sure I’ve finished with it.

On the Etsy front, I can’t wait to get a new printer and make my own prints. I probably should have done that before I opened it – oh well.

Dare greatly and paint wildly!


#artchallenge 2/5 Sheep

#artchallenge 2/5


Abstract sheep in watercolors with splatters. My favorite combination.

I’m going to tag Jenna Gustafson.

Happy creating!




Having a dotty morning here.

How’s your day so far?


Abstract Christmas


The fun thing about abstracts is you can decide what it is afterwards.

I still had the over-blending issue but the ensuing brown looks quite earthy and you just have to remember to let it dry a bit before adding color over the top and then don’t move the canvas about.

Here’s an earlier stage:


After watching a few videos of artists painting yesterday, an overriding factor was not giving up when you think you’ve made a mess of it.

Even the best ones go wrong often.

Happy Sunday!


One a Day: Abstract Flamingo


I’m getting ahead of myself. I even painted in the middle of the night last night (insomnia) so I’ll share two paintings today.

The above one used to be a flamingo with a tree and terrible background. I’ve lightened the body part of the flamingo so now it’s an abstract one.

Just for fun see if you can think of a story to connect the flamingo to Cinderella below.


Happy creating!


More Abstracts


Before I take Sandy for a walk I’m going to share a new painting and one a few weeks old. From now on I’ll post whatever I create that day (probably the day after).

It didn’t seem to fit with #drawlloween so until then anything goes.

I do intend to try something new though I guess each painting is an attempt at that anyway. Outside of the box shall we say. If I can get consistent with that it would be a really fun tagline on the blog too and hopefully inspire others to think outside of the box.

I read somewhere the other day to just chuck the box away that sounds liberating too.

The above painting is for Phil’s wall at work. He’s taken it to work today to see what it looks like on the wall. So I haven’t varnished it yet.

And this one I did yesterday. It’s my favorite so far but not outside the box. Every abstract painter seems to do this.

Are you going to create something outside of the box today?

Have a great day!