View Full Version : Looking back

04-09-2014, 10:49 AM
Last week, after not painting abstract landscapes for at least two years, I painted an abstract landscape and I didn't think it was very good. I posted it here in the Ab/Con to get some feedback. People were polite and some folks liked various aspects of the painting and others liked the whole piece.

It got me thinking about what I was painting two, three, and four years ago and I went back and looked and found that I have really changed (hopefully grown) as a painter. I thought it might be fun and interesting if we share some of the work we were doing a few years ago in comparison to what we are doing today.

Here are some of my pieces from 2010, 11 and 2012






04-09-2014, 03:11 PM
I love all of these. I like the loose style

04-09-2014, 03:29 PM
Thanks legal.

Anybody else want to share some older work?

04-09-2014, 09:44 PM
These are gorgeous! The colors, the blending--it's all perfect.

04-09-2014, 09:45 PM
Like them all..you can see your style....that hasn't changed..!

04-10-2014, 12:56 AM
Nice idea Jim. I can see some transition in your work but also more that connects them.

So for my contribution to your thread Here are one example each from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014

2010 below (Dusks Wave)


2011 below (Under The Dreamers Sky)


2012 below (Contentment)


2013 below (The Eggxistentist)


2014 below (Indigo Entourage)


Thanks for looking!
Who's next?

Ishka Baha
04-10-2014, 03:26 AM
What a great idea Jim. I will keep checking back.

04-10-2014, 06:11 AM
Dave, there is a continuity of style in these pieces, until 2014, at which time it seems you made a shift. I know you paint more than what you post here, so I'm only going on these examples, but your current work is very different from the other examples.

04-10-2014, 06:47 AM
Dave's post made me realize I had not included more recent pieces to my examples for comparison, so let me add one each from 2013 and 2014



04-10-2014, 09:09 AM
Jim, your work has a strong presence and direction. Although you are an abstract artist I find it curious that six of the seven pieces shown are inherently landscapes or abstracted landscapes. Your latest piece with the ribbons is so very different and I applaud you for exploring. They are all excellent.

04-10-2014, 10:56 AM
Dave, there is a continuity of style in these pieces, until 2014, at which time it seems you made a shift. I know you paint more than what you post here, so I'm only going on these examples, but your current work is very different from the other examples.It is hard to pin a year to a style and direction. when I started doing abstracts the paintings were all over the place and there was no obvious continuity. Prior to 2010 I had only done 3 abstracts and those were back in 1968. I believe my focus now has become clearer and I find it is easier to work in a straighter more harmonious way than 4 years ago. The 2014 example has it's roots in mid 2013. Like I said it is hard to say 'I did this in this year and that in another year'.

Thanks for coming up with this thread, it is an interesting and informative record of journey. I am hoping :crossfingers: to enjoy more examples from other members and hear how their art has changed (or stayed the same) over the years. :thumbsup:

04-11-2014, 09:35 AM
This is an interesting idea for a thread so I'm looking forward to seeing what gets posted here. Now, over at the Cafe, we've already established I'm a "cheater" so I'm afraid I'm going to have to cheat in this thread, too. Hope you don't expel me. I'm such a slow painter so it takes a long time for things to look like they're evolving. Instead, I'll show my very first painting and one 28 years later. (My last two, from this year or end of last year, were "Rock Gods" and "Criminals," which I've already shown.)

So, this one was done in 1983 and is my first painting ("Mother + Son," 36 x 42). Was very influenced by NYC East Village artists at the time. Lived in NJ, hung out there. I just recently fixed all that cracking at the bottom; I think originally, I had painted a slice of bread but decided to paint over it. I was so adorable then. But really, there's something about this I still like...maybe because its raw and spontaneous and I had no idea what was going to pop out after I loaded up my brush with black (of course!) paint.


This is "Water" and was done in 2011. I use photos as reference or inspiration (duh) and by now, have accumulated a big file of imagery. Since I don't paint from real-life, I consider this a kind of "study." It started out as a little collage on paper and then was painted "up" to 42 x 60...one of the pieces too big to fit into my car. It sort of turned out happy-looking, which is not my usual "tone" (blanking on word). And because of that, I like it...which I don't get to say that often.


04-12-2014, 08:17 AM
...I'll show my very first painting and one 28 years later...

Interesting choice to show your first painting in comparison to a more recent work. They are both interesting and well executed pieces. While the newer one shows a steadier and more skilled hand, there is a direct stylistic line between the two.