Curves and Colors: Abstracts

earth tones, abstract art geometrics, brown bronze,

Curves in Art.

This first painting with its graduating circles, curving in like a vortex, definitely leads the eye around and inward.

earth tones, abstract art geometrics, brown bronze,
Curved:  circular forms of earth


I’ve created 2  very different styles of abstracts, equally enjoyable for me.

Both feature the Curve in their design.

One is easier to ‘relax’ with while the other is a bit more on the ‘energetic’ side.  Can you, see that difference?  Do you know why?



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Curves and Textures


I’ve used color,  texture and tonal values to enhance the illusion of depth.

This last image I’ve used a multitude of layers.  Layers of tone, textures.  All with a sweeping curving directional movement to alleviate boredom.



The first image with all curving circles is smoother, gentler.  While the last image with the rough textures and more drama,  creates a stronger sensation of Tension ‘abrasion.’     This is why one feel more relaxed with one style than the other.





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The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

10 thoughts on “Curves and Colors: Abstracts

  1. Two good images but I am none too sure that everyone sees the same things in their own minds. I love the first image, all the circles and those circles making there own circles. But for me it is not a relaxing image as I am constantly searching for the a point where all that energy comes from.

    The second image being more natural is so easy to go with the flow.

    Just some thoughts and certainly no criticism implied. 🙂

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  2. Very two creative images, Debi. Like David said, I was also wondering where all the energy is coming from in the first image 🙂 To me, usually its colour that determines whether or not I feel calm when looking at an image. With the second image, I spy both cool and warm colours – and looking at that image I do feel a bit of a rush of energy (abrasion, as you said) but also a sense of calmness and in control when my eyes flick over to the blues 🙂

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    1. Thank you Mabel 🙂 Its great that this sensation was conveyed!
      I liked this mysterious sense of inner power with its hint of energy. Most of the time when I create I try to use integrate the Yugen element of wabi sabi – hinting at things. I guess, for me ‘wondering’ about art is fun. Its not everyone’s cup of tea though! lol

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