View Full Version : high contrast minimalism x's 2

02-15-2018, 06:17 PM
both are 16x20 oils and both were created due to gobs of leftover reds
the strips of color are knifed and the backgrounds softly brushed with plenty of white. the horizons are straight to the world tho the pic(s) angle may be deceiving of that.

boring or understated brilliance?
i dunno, am just using up paint before it dries out


02-15-2018, 10:19 PM
I think they work. But I'm a sucker for minimalist abstract landscapes.

I like the first one, how it's sort of a horizon but sort of it's own thing.

02-16-2018, 10:01 AM
My fav is the second one.

02-16-2018, 01:29 PM
thanks john, chaya

i'm always torn when i try this super minimalist stuff - the urge to fill the canvas is strong.
leaving them tho, i've never shown such works and who knows, maybe they'll fly.
and if not, ha, tons of room for additions


02-16-2018, 03:14 PM
I think minimalist landscapes would sell. One can see them all over the place; on TV, in the dentist office, the hotel. In modern homes in the Hamptons. They are easy to churn out so the price could be low, which is always popular. But knowing how you paint for how long could you do them before wanting to get a lobotomy. :)

02-16-2018, 04:37 PM
So brilliant! Love these! As you said it would be difficult to leave the unpainted part alone.

02-16-2018, 05:07 PM
The second one appeals to me more for the simple reason that (in the photo) the lower one has 'something' going on in the sky.
The first one seems too plain in the sky area, almost seems unfinished. But it may be that the sky area just looks that way on my monitor

The colors are spot-on, love the minimalismness

02-16-2018, 05:40 PM
john, that fix is to Always have another canvas on hand to transfer the urges to.

thanks kay

to be honest, greg, it's not your monitor - there is nothing yet in the sky of the first, other than a Very pale mauve fog above the color - the plan is 'white', maybe SuperDuper pale blue, probably with some texture for interest (maybe not), but i cannot touch it until the knifed bits are dry.

an entertaining bit of them is to study/stare at the strip of bold colors and then wander the white spaces ... so many colors appear in that nothingness - as artists, y'all know that trick, right.


02-16-2018, 10:22 PM
They are darn cool La!

The second is beautiful and more successful I think, because there is more indication of the landscape. It doesn't leave me wondering what it is. I suspect you could have gotten away with even less in the top 3/4.

The first is also intriguing, partly because it could be an object. But less immediately familiar. The right person will love it though.

You gonna do more?

02-16-2018, 10:35 PM
thanks, rick, the 2nd is more organic; the 1st, almost amoebic abstract ;)
always more, but i think for this specific theme i'll go smaller to play with it so i don't have to worry the guilt of 'wasting' so much space whilst playing with color combos.


02-17-2018, 06:29 AM
i am digging the second piece. I think the gentle open area with a subtle blue contrasts with the complex orange in the denser area. Color contrasts seem to help the subtle intelligent design of a piece. They may be impulsive, or utilitarian in that you were using up extra paint, but the color fields still have a direction or purpose. I myself have strayed into the super controlled media of silverpoint, and did some abstracts again this week. The process of abstract really helps open up the creative channels. Nice job, and inspiring!

02-17-2018, 08:31 AM
The first would work better if you maybe cropped out most of the sky.The loose handling is nice and lets the viewer fill in the blanks. The second is perfect. Great atmosphere.

02-17-2018, 01:22 PM
thanks steve and chris, it's definitely good to sometimes work tight... and loose. i'll get some atmosphere into that blank sky today, am pretty sure it's dry enough to continue.


02-18-2018, 05:29 PM
I like them both but prefer the first one. I would like to see a sky in the first one similar to the sky in the second piece.

02-19-2018, 11:48 AM
I love that second one.

02-19-2018, 01:22 PM
thanks jim, ed

here's the completed version of #1
and a small compare of the pair

i've gone an allowed content (green/blue) between sky and land and fear it's cluttered it more than necessary - pretty sure i've talked myself into turning that bit 'white' unless strong objection to that notion ensues ... or maybe it's the strip of ochre at the bottom that's over cluttered it ... or both :confused:


02-22-2018, 12:54 AM
What did you do to my painting? You tried to maximize a minimalist. :)

02-22-2018, 11:23 AM
I find the first to be stark, bold, abstract, clever. But I find the second more intriguing because it captures the imagination with the details, ie what are those little light dots - houses? and is that sand in the foreground? Anyway, both are very good, just a matter of taste.

02-22-2018, 01:19 PM
thanks, john, yeah, i'm definitely going to bring minimalism back behind the red, i got a little carried away there - blasted reality, lol

sweet, thanks truffle, houses, sand, sure, whatever you'd like :)