Welcome to the picture gallery—start to finish in pictures—of the first work in my abstract painting coop experiment.

My abstract project is about appreciating life in abstract forms: it is looking at life through art and art through life. For more, click here. Bringing the input of collectors into their making is challenging me in new ways. It is a fantastic experiment. This painting is for a client who wanted to give her partner a little bit of the quiet lake at sunset in his home. For more about the back story, click here.

First the studies — drafts 1 and 2 acrylic on 11 x 14″ slim canvas

I LOVE the vibrancy of the first draft of the study. I would try this again, but the mood was all wrong for this project. The collector wanted a sense of peace, connection, quiet, and thoughtfulness. In draft 2, the sense of depth and calm is starting to emerge.

Then the drafts — again acrylic, this time on full sized 24 x 36″ deep exhibition canvas

Changing the colour of the poured paint from part turquoise, part orange to a light blue but laying down an orange underpainting really set the tone for a cooler, quieter mood for the final piece.

The final painting — with greater vignette effect, blending, and sunset tones

Bring the Lake Home - original abstract painting by Julie Karey - Life thru art and art thru life

This remains one of my favourite paintings to date. It feels great. I love letting my eyes slide over the subtle shifts in blues and along the lines connecting everything together. I feel like I want to eat it up. That happens when I get excited about art.

A couple of mock-ups to imagine what they might look like on the wall

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And last but not least, the beautiful photo by Thomas Drasdauskis of Bowron Lake that inspires this abstract painting.

Photo reference for abstract number 1 life thru art
Photo of Bowron Lake by Thomas Drasdauskis

For the full story, see my posts Life thru art and Art thru life and Work in progress ☆ Abstract landscape.

I hope you have enjoyed this painting as much as I have.

xo

Julie

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