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A Few Pigments
07-19-2004, 07:28 PM

Title: Abstract BALANCE ONE
Year Created: 2004
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Other
Dimension: 13 3/8
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Acrylic painting on 100% rag mat board, gessoed front and back. 13 3/8" x 10 1/8".

I got the idea for this while doing compositional thumbnails one night. Itís the first abstract Iíve ever doneÖand it may be the last. The background of the painting is white so I placed a black border around it for posting it.

All c & c welcome.

07-19-2004, 07:35 PM
I don't know enough about this to begin to say why, but I really like it...something about the cleanliness - minimalism - sharpness I dig.

07-19-2004, 07:57 PM
Not the style of painting I enjoy- but I gotta say I like this.
It does have balance to me.

07-20-2004, 04:11 AM
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A Few Pigments
07-20-2004, 10:21 AM
Thank you Michael-Ann, eddiespagetti and Gilberte for looking at my painting and leaving a comment. Theses are the most positive responses Iíve received for anything Iíve posted on WC. May be I should only paint abstracts :) :) :)

A Few Pigments
10-28-2005, 06:42 AM
I took Marty Cís advice (thank you Marty) and changed the composition on this painting. I painted this version with oil paint. I put on a thick layer of white paint to create a textured background and worked the colours into it wet into wet. The first painting was done with brushes, but I used a small painting knife for this painting. The background is actually white even though it looks a bit yellow in this scan. And the white stripe is the fault of the scan. C & C welcome.

14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas.


glenn payan
10-28-2005, 11:53 AM
minimalist for sure. not my thing but...hey...if it's in ya...paint it!

A Few Pigments
10-28-2005, 01:38 PM
Hi Glenn,

Iím not sure it was in me, but I think Iím better off with it out then inÖLOL

10-28-2005, 03:21 PM
If your doing simple geometric minimalism, look into the golden rectangle/section. It's a porportion that is considered "devine" and found in nature constantly. Most minimalism and a lot of composition has been based on it. When doing something like this it's best to have some background into color theory / composition... so that u can build on what has been done in the past. This is not really balanced, the red/green line (complementary) create alot of weight in the bottom left corner. That, along with the sheer amount of line in the bottom left and the total absense of line in the top right = not as harmonic as it could be.

look at these:


A Few Pigments
10-28-2005, 04:16 PM
Hi drharney,

Can you tell me what you would do to improve the painting?

Thank you for the link to the art web site.

10-28-2005, 05:16 PM
When your working with minimalism your trying to perfect a certain idea; in your case it's balance

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So if this was my painting Id either 1) make it black and white and add some weight to the top right corner ; or 2) orange line on the top right- the complements of orange and blue might help to balance the bot left-<O:p></O:p>

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again tho- balance is hard to acheive by just drawing lines and hoping it looks good- look at geometry shown in paintings by other minimalists.

Looks more balanced in black and white, means your color is still off;



A Few Pigments
10-29-2005, 03:43 AM
Hi drharney,

Thank you for providing the example paintings. My friend made the suggestion about getting rid of the blue triangle in the upper right corner to give this painting an asymmetrical composition instead of a symmetrical composition, but he didnít say anything about the colour. I can see in your example your orange line and red circle are not in the corner of the upper right corner as the blue triangle was, so this is still an asymmetrical composition.

Iíve tried to learn from the work of Cezanne how to use primaries and secondaries but I guess I still have a lot to learn. Iíve always said though I wasnít borne an artist and I think that makes a big difference.