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Abstracting November 2011

I’m going back in my archives to 2011 (November 25) for these never-before-presented camera-motion abstract photos:
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Spring Revisited (Part 2)

In Part 1, I shared 5 abstract photo images, taken in the Edmonton river valley on a beautiful spring day in May of 2013. Here area few more images conveying the color and lines of spring:

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Maximum Green

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Scratchy Lines

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Horizontal Bands of Spring

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Wet Golden

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White Trunks Against Spring Green


Spring Revisited (Part 1)

In the depths of a dull November day I reached back in my photos archives for some memories of spring to brighten my mood.

I found some photos from May 20th of 2013 that captured the light, mood and color of spring. After tweaking these camera-motion abstract photos a bit, these are the images that I came up with:

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Spring Colors (May 2013)

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River Frolic

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Into the Woods

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Pack Play

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Spring Greens

Watch for more abstract photo images from this day in Spring Revisited (Part 2).


Abstract Autumn

Here are some of my recent (September 2018) abstract photographs:

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These photos were created by using a shutter speed of around 1.5 seconds and moving the camera during the exposure. I then tweaked the digital images (contrast, color saturation, cropping etc.) using Lightroom.

I hope to use some of these images as inspiration for paintings.


Forms on a Frozen River

It is the end of January and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton is frozen over and covered with 15 centimeters of fresh snow. I venture to the river’s edge and am captivated by the abstract forms that I see:

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Six Years Later

This morning, I was looking through my old photos, curious as to what I might have been looking at, taking photos of, on this day in past years. As it turns out I hadn’t been very active on January Thirteenths, but I did find some from 2012. In fact, I quite liked what I was doing that year – it was a bit of a treasure chest of abstract images!

I took a number of those photos, tweaked and cropped them to come up with these final images (which I like and hope you will too):

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Impressions of Autumn

It’s the end of September here in Edmonton and our autumn colors must be near their peak. It has been a while since I’ve dabbled in creating abstract photos but that’s what I did today and here are some of the results:

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These photographs were all created using a longish (1.5 to 5 seconds) exposure with deliberate movement of the camera.


Lines (an Abstract Painting Series)

This small series from the autumn of 2012 was an exploration of mark making into the wet surface of an oil-painted canvas:

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“Marks”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 30 cm, 2012

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“Fall”, Oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2012

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“Lines in a Field”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 30 cm, 2012

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“Spirals”, Oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2012

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“Maxwell”, Oil on hardboard, 61 by 61 cm, 2012


Earth Light Tapestries Series (part 2)

In this blog post, I present the middle third (pieces 9 – 16) of my 2006/7 Earth Light Tapestries series of abstract paintings. (The first 8 pieces are shown in Part 1 of this blog post)

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“Earth Light Tapestry IX”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry X”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XIII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XIV (The Sun King)”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XV”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XVI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The final group of paintings from this series can be seen in part 3 of this blog post.


The Earth Light Tapestries Series (Part 1)

The non-representational (abstract) painting series which I called “Earth Light Tapestries was my largest and most deliberate series. I began the series in late 2006 and finished in early 2007. A dozen pieces from this series were exhibited in a solo show at the Milner Library in Edmonton in November of 2009.

From the start, I set out with the goal to paint 24 pieces, each which would be 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm) in size. I used acrylic paints with the intent to be experimental with textures and additives. The “earth” in the series title refers to the “earth” pigments (ochres, umbers, sienna, etc.) that dominated the colors through this series.

The pieces were just given numerical titles (in roman numerals) corresponding to the order in which they were created.

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“Earth Light Tapestry I”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry II”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry III”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry IV (Windy City Sand Storm)”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The “sand” reference in “IV” comes from the texture which was created by the mixing a fine sand into the paint and gel media.

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“Earth Light Tapestry V”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry VI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry VII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry VIII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The rest of the pieces in this painting series are presented in Parts 2 and 3 of this blog post series.


Whales Atrium (a Painting Series)

One of my weirdest (and by weird I mean quirky and fun) painting series was the abstract group of paintings that I did in 2010 and which I called “Whales Atrium”*. In this series I played around with various acrylic media and additive in a very exploratory and undirected way. Other than the lack of any direction other than to experiment, the common element to the 12 paintings in this series is the size – all works are on 30 by 30 cm (12 inch) hardboard panels.

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“Eggman”

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“English Garden”

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“Ga Joob”

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“I am He”

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“If the Sun Don’t Shine”

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“I’m Crying”

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“Penguin Singing”

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“See How They Fly”

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“See How They Run”

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“Sitting on a Cornflake”

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“Smile Like Pigs”

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“The Joker Laughs”

Don’t try to read too much into the titles of these works, they were largely an afterthought.

* I am still waiting for someone to “get” the significance of this series title. Let me know if you think you do.


Return From Whenever

It seems like a longtime since I’ve added a post to this blog and since I did any camera-motion abstract photography. Well today (Sunday, September 11, 2016) I did take my camera out, put on a neutral density filter and cranked the shutter speed down to 2 seconds. The day was cool, wet and gloomy but I imagined to find some color and these interesting images:

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Chicken Scratch

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Broken Spiral

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Rosy Glow

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Darkness in Light

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Cherry Blossom


Spring Reflections

Technically it is late-winter, not quite spring yet, but the melting has begun, puddles formed and reflections are making for some interesting images:

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Chains

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Puddle and Path

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Storyland Sky


Splash of January Color

Color can be hard to find for months during the long Edmonton winter.

However, with a bit of light and a long exposure photograph …

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Snow and Shadows

A New Year’s Eve afternoon walk in Edmonton’s river valley revealed interesting patterns made by snow and ice, trees and the sun.

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Blue Diagonals

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Alien Icescape

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Foot Paths

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Tangled

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Crystalline Edge

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Trampled

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Like Flakes


Moving This Way and That

I have often used camera motion during a long exposure to create an abstract photo. I recently took some of these photos one evening in downtown Edmonton and discovered after the fact that I have used a good variety of camera motions for different effects.

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Dance in the Distance

 

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Cycles of Light

 

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Towers of Dripping Light

 

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Side Step

 

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Simplified Geometry

Three recent (2015 October) photos – abstracts, in that what makes them interesting is the simplification of, the focus on, certain geometric forms.

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Window on Blue

"Where Leaves Go"

“Where Leaves Go”

On the Step

On the Step


Color Fields

A bit of texture, some color and practically nothing recognizable:

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Blue 48

Pink Spot

Pink Spot

Dark Field

Blue Corner

Light Field

Light Field

Blue Vertical

Blue Vertical


Completely Non-objective

Dare I say “completely”, “non-objective”? Non-representational? The images in this post did after all derive from photgraphs of real objects. Nonetheless, what is left are images, interesting just for their form and color  – their source is even a mystery to me now.

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Sixteen – 271

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1- Sixty-two – 75

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16 – Twenty-eight – 3

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Nature Softened

Here are some recent abstract photos of natural subjects. The edges have been softened and blurred by varying amounts of camera movement during an extended exposure (a couple of seconds).

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Modulation

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Dream Front

Dream Front

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Landscape V


Art in the Movement

Another five camera-motion abstracted images, from recent photos:

Pyramidal

Pyramidal

Wedges

Wedges

Confetti

Confetti

Corner

Corner

Red Nest

Red Nest


Five August Abstracts

These are five abstract photos that I took/created today:

The Rock

The Rock

Verticals

Verticals

Poles

Poles

Soft Horizon

Soft Field

Car Wash

Park

All of these images are 2-second exposures with some element of intentional camera movement.


Color Fields of Spring

Today I was back at taking some long-exposure, camera-motion abstract photos. This batch emphasizes color, sometimes subtle, sometimes bold.

Blue on Green

Blue on Green

Peach Left

Peach Left

Golden Square

Golden Square

Pink Haze

Pink Haze

Spectrum Centre

Spectrum Centre


Photographic References for Abstract Painting?

It has become quite common (an pretty much acceptable) for artists to paint from photographic references rather than from a model in the studio or from a landscape “en plein air”. But do photographs have any value to an “abstract” painter? Well, for me they certainly do. One of my favorite forms of photography is abstractions, especially  those that push to the edge of non-representational-ism. Through the use of camera-motion and long exposures, with a bit of post-processing to enhance colors and contrast (and some cropping), I regularly come of with images that I will use to inspire my paintings. Here are some recent examples (all are photographs) that I can’t help thinking would make dramatic largish paintings on canvases/boards/paper in acrylic, oil or pastel.

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Surreal Manuscript

Light on Blue

Light on Blue

Cubist Portrait

Cubist Portrait

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Sweep

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My painting are yet to come out of any of these images and I’m not sure how related the final work might appear in comparison to these references but some day I shall tackle them.