I have been painting circles because I love circles. Love the serendipity of them. I shared a story on my circle painting journey previously, but if you have missed it and now have a moment, go check it out HERE.
Well, I do love polka dots, spheres, and most any roundish pattern I find (or make), as you might know. And painted circles can be done in a couple of thousand different ways. There is no end to a circle, and I don’t imagine there is any end to the many ways you can vary them. Think about this simple pattern, how it could be varied ad infinitum (forevermore). You can vary this particular pattern in size and color combinations, right? Or you could make it neater, or even messier. You could fill a wall with circles, or a little post-it-note. Thinking about it makes me want to paint all day, every day. Painted circles ad infinitum.
This is a new series I'm currently working on, exploring new techniques and styles in circle art. I have been experimenting a lot with abstract painting. I love painting abstracts in so many ways, and each time I dive in I learn new stuff. New stuff about myself, new stuff about color combinations I enjoy, new stuff about art. I want to share it here, and will try to take more photos of these paintings soon. I have been painting, but not photographing the paintings much. My camera has been resting a lot this year. Too much really due to the current pandemic situation, I can’t travel overseas for the time being. It's actually a rare opportunity to be able to work from home and spend more time at home nowadays to do more things that i enjoy doing, be it painting, journalling, reading, blogging etc.
As such, I've named all of the paintings in this new series that correlate to the term "VITALITY", which has a few definitions such as: the state of being strong and active, the power of enduring and the capability to live and develop. I hope all of you are keeping well at home during this pandemic period, be safe and continue to be connected in the virtual world.
I'm so in love with this circle painting completed recently. The idea of this piece stems from an artwork by a famous Russian abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky - "Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles." The shapes he was most interested in were the circle, triangle, and the square. He thought the triangle would cause aggressive feelings, the square calm feelings, and the circle spiritual feelings.
How did I do it? I dipped my paint brush in few colors, then dragged the brush on the paper. Drag lightly or push down. It’s up to you. Clean the brush after each circle or don’t. It’s up to you. How much of each color or where on the brush you put them determines what your circle or swoosh will look like.
I knew what I wanted the central part of the painting to look like - I wanted to paint it in my usual funky abstract style, writhing and wriggling with bold colors, bright shapes and intricate circle designs. You may find that a circle you thought you hated ends up looking great once you see it with all the rest. So don't stress. The "imperfections" are what make it interesting, I think.
Seeing how each circle in this piece came out was like Christmas morning to me. I waited for each layer to dry to before adding the next layer. Acrylics dry very quickly, so this didn't take very long. When I add details, I add them one color at a time. For instance, I'll add all the white details over the entire canvas, then I'll add all the different blue ones at a time, and so on. This means I only have to squeeze out one color at a time. Because acrylics dry quickly, I try not to have more on my palette than I'll actually use.
Here are some tips: add more circles to the design after the first group is dry, if desired. In this step, you can overlap the edges of circles to create layers, which adds some depth to the arrangement.
Colours are all around us, but also within us. Soul colors are colors that are close to our hearts; we have been attracted to them for a long time and remain our favorite colors throughout our lives. They are related to our character and virtues. If your soul had a colour, what colour would it be? Mine, I am sure, is blue because my thoughts are as vast and as serene as the blue sea. Blues are deep thinkers, analytical in nature, very detail focused and formal in their thinking.
Pink/Light Red, the colour of unconditional love, can help to disperse any negativity and feelings of anger. If you find yourself in a situation of conflict or confrontation, imagine the other person enclosed in a pink bubble and their anger will dissipate.
Blue calms the nerves and emotions, relieves anxiety and soothes the whole body system. It gives us hope and trust as well as calming the mind.
This piece, while it does contain a fall aspect, is a bit broader in that it actually covers all four seasons. I love the changing seasons, and I love the way they turned out. The colours also depict the unique moods and feelings associated with each season. As the seasons change, we are inevitably reminded of the passage of time and reflect on how we ourselves have changed.
I had so much fun painting these colorful circles. Every time each painting is completed, it makes my heart happy. I painted in a free style which is always my goal while painting, it helps loosen up the flow of creative energy as it passes from your mind to your hand.
Art can evolve in interesting ways if you let go of preconceived outcomes. Let yourself decide how it will proceed, or let an art material or tool inspire and influence the course of the activity and the finished product.
Do you ever have experiences like that? Where you start an art activity even though you have little idea what you’re doing? Or what it will become? Have fun painting!