Kung Pao, 9041 acrylic abstract

This is a rework of a piece I did about 6-8 months ago. It's been sitting around my studio glaring at me that long. I never put the finishing varnish on it - that's tells me that, subconsciously, I thought it needed something else.
The top picture is the old version-very muted palette and the main feature I was interested in was the texture contrast between the black micaceous iron oxide near the top and the white squiggle made of clear tar gel.
I took it out of the frame and just started adding color. With the original as an underpainting, there are layers of rich color notes that give it such depth. I just can't stop looking at it now. Of course, it was difficult to photograph with all the layers of metallic color, but this is a fairly accurate version. Do you think this is an improvement?


Sheila said...

Yes! It looks more organic now and very beautiful! You followed you instincts and it paid off!

Dana Marie said...

Wow, beautiful piece, Carol!

Sherrie Jones said...

I always loved the original, but the new version is fabulous! You never cease to amaze me with your incredible abstracts! Love them!

David Larson Evans said...

I love your work, the deep reds the abstraction the organic feel.

Dean Grey said...


I love this abstract painting!

Is it an improvement from its original version? YES!

I love the changes you made. The muted greens and vibrant reds work so nicely together.

I'm a bit shocked actually. This abstract looks noticeably different than your more recent "stain glass" paintings.

Also, the squiggly line in the middle looks like a pair of fat hands to me. Sounds strange, I know, but that was the first thing that came to mind.

Very cool looking piece!


Barbara said...

Just off the charts !!!!!