Coastal Inlet – semi abstract oils

abstract blue in oils,

Semi Abstract oil painting, a coastal inlet in blues and greens.


abstract blue in oils,
Blues… in Oils



oil semi abstract painting, blue and green oil paints,
Albany Inlet Blue and Green oils … cropped detail



Preparing the Surface

The painting was done on a board that I’d previously gessoed.

Then I hammered and scratched to distress the wood.  This left many areas where the gesso had been beaten so roughly it had come off.

I then needed to redo the gesso. I did, and added  some drizzled bits of gesso as well.

The result was just what I wanted, an ultra-textured surface to work on.




Once it was dry, it was ready to go.  Choosing just a few colors that would give a strong dark with some mid tones and a lighter tone was all I really needed.

It is the Dark, the prussian blue that does the trick here.  It provides such a great contrast to the mid tone water blue.




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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,

12 thoughts on “Coastal Inlet – semi abstract oils

  1. I love texture in paintings, I went to see the Van Gogh exhibition the other day and there were quite a few of his that had lots of textures. I just wanted to touch them.

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    1. lucky you! and yes! it drives me mad… to NOT touch Leanne. most of my paintings, I will just tell people – Touch It! if its full of rich layered paint all sculptural and tantalizing…. its not going to destroy the image. unless they have like gum or something on their hands 🙂

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