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New Abstract Painting in Blue

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

I began this new abstract painting with pthalocyanine (pthalo in shorthand) blue.  The canvas is very small, only 20" x 16", which can be a challenge for me.  I'm used to using medium-sized brushes on larger canvases, and began this one with my favorite brush, which is about an inch wide.

After the pthalo blue, I added ultramarine, light blue, and prussian blue, blending them with the brush.  Then I painted the top and bottom in titanium white, blending that also.  Next, I took a Paynes gray and used a smaller brush to apply it, blending it with the other still-wet colors. 

Now that the whole canvas was covered, I went back in with more blues, then more white.  Finally, I drew lines with the Paynes gray to emphasize sections and add texture.  Once the canvas dries, I will take a serious look to decide what it needs next. 


  Painting #167, 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas.

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