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02-02-2010, 06:11 PM
Of late I've been spending several hours a day mucking about with AR, trying things out, muttering over them, then banishing them to electronic oblivion. The thought occurred to me that I might be better served by posting some of these less-than-stellar efforts along with a brief description of what I was trying to do.

This was an exercise in abstract composition employing the rule of thirds. It didn't quite work.

02-02-2010, 06:21 PM
Docsmith626, I like your idea, and the action is difficult, but you did it, I strongly support your work.

02-02-2010, 06:54 PM
Interesting design Docsmith and I feel it was very well executed. Works like this are valuable to the artist whether you consider them a success or not. In fact, I believe I learn more from the unsuccessful ones (and there are many of them) than I do the so called successful ones. Great idea to post these instead of deleting them. You may get some feedback from others that can benefit you. Nicely done!

02-02-2010, 07:54 PM
Thanks, Sketch. :) Composition is presently one of my bugaboos. I know the rules, at least the short form, but getting them to work in practice is a bit more complicated. And when you toss in things like asymmetric balance . . . Whooo! :o

02-02-2010, 10:04 PM
This is an excellent abstract painting. Rich, colourful, harmonic, vibrant of energy!

02-02-2010, 10:33 PM
This looks great Doc, the colors are so bright and clear.

D Akey
02-02-2010, 11:46 PM
Less than stellar? Yeah if you mean 'smaller than'. . . How about 'molecular', old son.

Like the stained glass in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris suddenly vaporized only to hang about in air trying to remember their original configuration.

Pretty remarkable. :):)

02-08-2010, 12:04 PM
Been putzing around with composition again. This time I started with a textbook geometric composition, then fractured it with the transform and select tools allowing some of the layer below show through. There may be some possibilities here.

creative daughter
02-08-2010, 03:45 PM
Looks ready for prime time to me.. So this is where I got my ability to putz around?

Love it Dad..

02-08-2010, 03:51 PM
Very creative and I like all the colors, and I may have to try this.

02-08-2010, 05:30 PM
Very likely, Amazing Offspring. Or, perhaps you were bitten by the chaos bug. In any case, I'm looking forward to your next post. :D

Thanks, Valerie. I discovered that I could select and transform areas on a single layer quite by accident. (And it's right there in the manual. . .:o) I'm clearly still trying to master this amazing toolset.

02-08-2010, 06:43 PM
Please.......whatever you do......do not make me choose between the abstract composition or the geometrical composition!!! They are both so delightful and so full of creativity. The use of the transform tool is indeed your friend!! Oh, by the way, putz around all you want! Just make sure along the way to share your wonderful creations with us!

02-09-2010, 12:48 AM
Love these Doc! Keep 'em comin!:D

02-15-2010, 01:57 PM
A new offering, perhaps the most "painterly" of the lot. Oil brush, knife, blur, opacity, and sticker spray. . . If you want a Bumble sky, the harsh chaos knife and the blur layer tool are your friends.

02-16-2010, 03:35 AM
All valuable artpieces with superb palettes!

03-07-2010, 10:01 AM
More wanking about with composition.

03-07-2010, 11:01 AM
I like some better than others but to me all are worth posting and keeping.
Good job!

03-07-2010, 07:24 PM
Hi Doc,
I see some very nice efforts here. I have a particular fondness for the last effort - it seems the more fully balanced and aesthetically well integrated of the works. It's quite good I think. :):):):):):)

03-08-2010, 12:00 AM
Thanks, Jibes. One way or another, they are all experiments in moving the viewer's eye through the image space, some more successful than others. My chore now is to figure out why one works and another doesn't.

Oddly enough, Byron, the last one was inspired by some of your work. It is actually a sort of collage, several complete-but-simple compositions stacked to create a more complex image tied together with some overpainting. The idea that the beginning images have in common is that negative space is created by the viewer's focus.

04-06-2010, 06:11 PM
A Peter-style quickie to see how simple an effort can still get the full effect. Apparently very simple. This took all of ten minutes.

05-02-2010, 05:17 AM
An experiment with roller settings.

05-02-2010, 10:13 AM
I don't see anything wrong, dear Doc. The rule You're citing is possibly similar to the slightly different "sezione aurea". i.e. golden section, of classical memory. Anyway I don't see anything wrong with this bunch of gorgeous abstracts. Bravo!

05-02-2010, 11:49 AM
Thanks, Ceasar. The golden section was what I was striving for, but I was letting the composition guide me rather than breaking down my canvas into a grid with rigidly defined "hot" points.

05-02-2010, 02:22 PM
This is something of a departure for me, both in the use of impasto, and that I just followed the colors where they led with no particular idea in mind.

05-02-2010, 05:07 PM
This is a wonderfull display of creative mind...

05-03-2010, 11:47 AM
A bit more traditional. . .

Mairzie Dotes
05-03-2010, 12:41 PM
You are a better man than I to consider posting your "maybe-maybe nots"
but since I am a girl I would DEFINITELY take the metaphorical bridge if
you were to see some of MY experiments in painterly futility. :eek: :eek: :eek: :D
Just love your artistic expressions. They speak of many things creative
and some concepts that no doubt may have led to spectacular pieces.
Paint on ... paint on! :)

05-03-2010, 01:27 PM
Fun and creative, I agree with MaryAnn, paint on!:D

05-04-2010, 06:10 PM
AT-TA, Thank you, more coming.

MaryAnn, I have always delighted in your poetic observations. You prompt me to try harder.

Sandra, your work has inspired me since I have been on this forum.

My next offering started as a photograph of stained and corroded metal. I saw the ghost of an image in it and, with the aid of PhotoShop, PostworkShop, and ArtRage, teased it out.

I call it Ancient Mystery.

05-08-2010, 02:22 PM
Continuing the "more traditional" approach. (I think I'm beginning to get a grip on these tools.)

05-10-2010, 10:01 AM
Doc, I like all your paintings. However the latter is breathtaking.:eek: Congratulations.

05-10-2010, 08:40 PM
Oriane, from the eye of the master, that is a mighty compliment indeed. Thank you.

05-15-2010, 08:00 PM
I did a simple design in ArtRage, applied a style in PostWorkShop, and returned it to ArtRage for some fill tool madness. It was FUN! ;)