Thought I'd show the progression of some paintings (not all), mainly the ones that aren't successful on first try. Abstract type paintings, while they often appear "just thrown together" the are more difficult often times because you have to come up with a focal point, placement of shapes and colors and lines , and then put them all together in a pleasing composition, which leads the viewer through the painting, and not out of the painting.
This painting started out looking like this. I patterned it after an abstracted photograph I had manipulated on the computer.
After multiple additions it looked like this:
Well, that didn't help much, and I couldn't see my way out, so with gesso and paint I changed it entirely.
That didn't work either in many different versions. So painted over that , and then poured some contrasting colors on it and spread them around, as well as adding "String Gel" for texture. Then I drew some shapes on it, masked some areas off and then sprayed an off white acrylic paint mixture and then some black on top of that. So now here's where it stands at the present. I think I like where this is going and will keep it, working some more on it.
I can't decide which way it goes–horizontal or vertical. Maybe either way. We'll see what I decide it is–animal vegetable or mineral.