Category Archives: Abstract Expressionism

my illustration for “wordless Chorus” w. song and close ups

Fall leaves caught on an updraft.

A couple weeks ago I illustrated a song for Halloween and thought it was a lot of fun so I decided to do another one and this time it was even more fun! I picked Wordless Chorus because I didn’t want to illustrate lyrics. I wanted to see if I could let the music move my hand. I tried to paint with no plan in mind and be fast and spontaneous.

The part of the song I’m illustrating starts at 3.18.

I listened to it a couple times and thought it sounds uplifting and exciting. I’t’s wild and free spirited.

First I mixed some yellow and orange and waited for the fun vocals to start. Then I quickly loaded up my palette knife with yellow and went to town! Then I waited for the part of the song I like again and repeated the process with orange.

I stopped to have a look and decided it needed some pink so I mixed up more paint, turned my paper 180* and slapped in some pink while listening to the vocals.

Then I looked closer at the texture and it reminds me of the veins on a leaf. I said, I guess it’s fall leaves in the wind.

The black background makes it look dramatic but after thinking it was a leaf abstract I wanted to see it on a blue sky, so I added the blue but tried to keep from messing up the edges and smears I made with the bright colors.

The unexpected palette knife textures are fun to look at. I’m not sure how this kind of art rates in real life, I mean is it a big waste of paint, is it worth anything, but it was fun to go wild with it and I might do another illustration of a song.

There’s a funny vein in the paint. I don’t know how I did that.

I can’t tell if this expresses the song very well or not.

the horrors of modern medicine

pharmaceutical companies and doctors joining forces to turn people into addicts and shorten their lives.

The only kind of doctor I’ll go to is a dentist and even good dentists ruined my bite with ill placed crowns. If I catch corona, which I probably won’t because I’m a freakin hermit, but if I did I’d rather die than go on a ventilator.

As always, feel free to opine.

oil paint on pastel paper painted with a palette knife

the abyss

Did you ever look into the abyss and get the feeling it’s looking back at you? And it wants to pull you in so deep you’ll never get out? And you can’t look away?

Step away from the edge, my friend.

I was there too, for years.. Now I’m ok. I’m not opening that can of worms, I just want to say, if I can live through all that, you can too. Keep stepping away from the edge every day in some way. Get outside and do something. Exercise or art or gardening or anything you like. You might enjoy your old age even if most of your life was messed up. Have your fun. You have it coming and it will happen if you stay alive.

oil paint on pastel paper painted with a palette knife

tons of stardust falling to Earth every day

There’s nothing we can do about it.

We can’t see it because it’s very tiny particles but we’re inhaling it all the time, and swallowing it. It could have inactive viruses that come alive when they hit the environment. We might be exposed to viruses from light years away. Maybe we’re immune anyway because they’ve been falling on humanity for countless generations. But something else invisible could rain down from the stars that would change things so fast our heads will spin. It’s impossible to predict. How can we prepare? We can’t.

palette knife painting, oil paint on pastel paper

I thought I knew what I was doing. turned out I didn’t.

I’m going to try again.

Weird thing happened. I noticed that one of my blogging friends put up some posts and her photos aren’t showing up on the reader. You have to click twice to see the picture. So I looked at my last posts on freshly pressed and I see text but no picture. If this doesn’t post the way I want it to with the picture, that unearthly scream you just heard was me.