Monthly Archives: February 2010

Haliburton Morning WIP1

Haliburton Morning – 24 x 30 – acrylic on wood

I’m finally ready to post the start of my next painting. :)  Haliburton Morning came from an excursion to that area of Ontario on a dreamy fall morning. We watched the sun rise over the hills already starting to lose their bright fall colours. The mist hung over the warm water, obscuring the far shore and painting everything pearl.

Contemporary abstract landscape painting Ontario Haliburton morning mist by Mandy Budan

Solitaire – Finished

Solitaire – 20 x 20 – Acrylic on Panel – Reserved for Mayberry

Done! :) The white flower basks on the dark leaves; the sunlight traces paths along the petals. Colour spills from the centre, reaching out to influence the rest of the flower. Way too much fun – I will have to do some more florals soon. (Maybe right after I do a painting for a local show entry and a commission.) :)

white abstract flower on green leaves by Mandy Budan

Solitaire WIP6

Solitaire – 20 x 20 – Acrylic on Panel – Reserved for Mayberry

There. The petals are complete and are awaiting the defining background. I like the movement in this flower, everything is flowing and sinuous; the light and shadow are weaving in and out, playing an elaborate game of hide ‘n’ seek with the colour. The flower itself is nestled into the background  – or will be shortly. :)

white flower abstract painting

Solitaire WIP5

Solitaire – 20 x 20 – Acrylic on Panel – Reserved for Mayberry

Some more of the background is in, defining the edges of the petals and echoing the shapes of the leaves in the darker ochres and greens and blues. I love the way these colours are emerging – a little surprised at the pinks and oranges in the petals, but they seem quite a part of it now. :)

Solitaire flower abstract painting blue green white

Solitaire WIP4

Solitaire – 20 x 20 – Acrylic on Panel – Reserved for Mayberry

Working more on the petals in this session. Introducing some unexpected colours – its the center of the flower asserting itself I think.  Not content to be the center of the painting, sneaky little fingers of colour brushing the pristine white of the petals… :)

solitaire white flower abstract painting

Solitaire WIP3

Solitaire – 20 x 20 – Acrylic on Panel – Reserved for Mayberry

I really wanted to see how the background works against the flower petals. I’m interested here in the fine line between the contrast between the darks and lights and the similarities in the shapes. Oh and I also wanted to pull some of the darker colours into the petals too. Too much fun! :)

flower abstract painting contemporary