Geologic Art and Painting with Abstracts and Visual Play

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Exploring Abstracts

For decades I’ve devoted my art interests to realism and acquiring the skills necessary to creating realistic artworks.  It’s been totally worth it! I now feel like I can pretty much create the art that I yearn to create in a realistic manner in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil.  There is always SOMETHING to learn though, and it keeps me ever pushing my skills forward.

Abstract is one area that I am only recently delving into.  It is a real change of pace from the intense planning that I need to do to create realistic art.  It is more like play. Like exploration. Like jumping off the deep end of a river then floating along the currents to see where in the world it takes you.  

I’ve tried a workshop recently that helped me jump in feet first.  It’s called Art and Soul Retreat and they have several locations for the workshops around the country.  You have to jump on registration quick though, because these are uber popular and they fill up fast.

I was lucky enough to live very close to the Portland Oregon workshop this year and I was really, really excited to take a two day class from the very talented Carol Nelson.

Her abstract work has been on my radar for 10 years and taking a class from her has been on my bucket list for a long time.  She was a generous and kind teacher who didn’t disappoint! I learned so many techniques and skills in the two days.

Here we are together. She’s holding a Bob Ross candy tin….who doesn’t love Bob Ross??

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Notice our artsy aprons.  Creating is messy! At least the way I do it.

Here are three of my abstract creations that weekend.  Two geologics and one paper collage:

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Comment below if you are interested in a short tutorial for the process I used.


I hope you are enjoying this article! I really care a lot that you find what you are looking for. There are so many ways to go about creating and my goal is to help you. Thank you again for reading!

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