ICE AGE, 9115, geologic abstract by Carol Nelson © Carol Nelson Fine Art




This geologic abstract touches on a cool palette that I don't use very often, but I really like the combination of the blues and the browns. It is more fun than you can imagine to let the colors flow together and have complete freedom in mixing the colors as I choose. It's why these abstracts are such a kick for me.
I tried something new in coming up with this composition. I brushed on some watered down colors onto the canvas, then covered it with the clear plastic that the canvas came wrapped in (making use of something I would have discarded.)
Lifting up the edges of the plastic, I squirted in more water causing the colors to flow into the wrinkles and crevasses in the plastic. When the plastic was removed later, there was an abstract flow pattern you can see in the finished work.
As with other paintings in this series, the metal foils and areas of soft metallic sheen are not picked up well by the camera, making the original a more dynamic, exciting piece than what you see here.
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10 comments:

jennifer woodburn said...

Wow - this is a gorgeous piece. Not the colours I would normally use either, yet they really sing. I just may have to go paint with some blues and browns!

SarahBowie said...

Yes, a different look for you, but turned out so great!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I LOVE this piece Carol...the way the you made the cross(?)so detailed in the center with the rest of the color complimenting each other and flowing away from the center with the composition making us look up towards the center...fabulous!

Suzanne McLean said...

Just love this one, Carol. The subject iceage appeals to me on a deeper level. Hope you will be doing more.

Carol Nelson said...

Thank you all. I like the way ICE AGE turned out. That whitish area at the top and the turquoise reminded me of ice.
I was watching a show on Nat Geo about how the glaciers formed the Great Lakes and this painting kind of looks like ice pushing earth.

Michelle said...

Wow...this is gorgeous! I love the colors.

I have a rock with beautiful striations that I've always wanted to make into a painting, but never had the nerve to do it.

Kerri Settle said...

This is so beautiful! What a gorgeous combination of colors.

Diana Marshall said...

Another gorgeous painting , love the colour combination and the effect of using the plastic, it's such fun coming up with new ideas. Ever thought of making a painting video? I don't think that I will ever be in your State to take a workshop, would love to see you at work creating.

Dean Grey said...

Carol!

The color combinations are really quite pretty!!

-Dean

Lisa Walsh said...

I love this series, but this one is a standout favorite! I love the colors and movement of the piece.