Ocean Abstract Acrylic with Gold

My latest piece is entitled “Violent Weather”.

Size 11″ x 12″ // 28 cm x 30.5 cm

This abstract ocean landscape shows a violent storm wherein waves crash against each other amidst a dark and treacherous sky
Violent Weather by Stephanie Konu

This abstract ocean landscape shows a violent storm wherein waves crash against each other amidst a dark and treacherous sky. Swirling patterns of dark storms lurk in the background, and as a result, the waves are exceptionally high.

This abstract ocean landscape shows a violent storm wherein waves crash against each other amidst a dark and treacherous sky.
Violent Weather by Stephanie Konu

At the peak of the tallest wave, water pierces through the barrier that separates the scene from calmer sunlit tranquility. The break in the barrier allows glimpses of majestic gold to cascade outward and spill into its new habitat.

The ground work for this piece was an acrylic pour within  which I used swirling techniques for the deep blue background. With the foundation laid, I used various hues of blue to form and shape the ocean wave.

The break in the barrier allows glimpses of majestic gold to cascade outward and spill into its new habitat.
Violent Weather by Stephanie Konu

Gold acrylic creates a beautiful contrast against blue, and is spread out as flecks across the piece. This piece is very beautiful, yet very abstract due to the risks taken to achieve the composition. I would really love to hear what YOU see in this very vivid piece.

 

Leave me your thoughts in the comment section, and as always, thanks for stopping by,

 

-S

 

 

 

Companion Dark and Light Blue Acrylic Abstract Art on Canvas

My latest work has two parts. I spent twice the usual amount of time to paint these two pieces at the same time. My goal here was to use the same colour scheme to carry across two landscapes.

In the end, I created “Terror Beach” (right) and “Call out to the Universe” (left).

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When set side by side, the sweeping brush strokes seem to begin in the lower right hand corner and fly out to the left.

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The dripping violet that emerges from the conical horizon in “Terror Beach” creates an eerie setting. There is a ghostly apparition of a sun or moon above the mountains that does little to illuminate the texture rich darkness that encroaches from the eastern skyline. And yet, somehow, there is a mysterious shape below the waters that edge the mountainous horizon.

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“Call Out to the Universe” has a similar mysterious message; begging the question of who calls out to whom in the vast emptiness? An unfamiliar object is answering the call.

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This recent work was a thrill for me. I enjoyed the story telling aspect as much as creating the actual painting itself.

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Thanks for stopping by.

S

Red and gold in acrylic on wood

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My latest work is an experimental use of gold against red on wood board. Similar to my last two posts (See below) the use of wood enables a level of texture and complexity that is not easily achieved with canvas. The size is also comparably smaller.

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The orientation is more flexible, as seen above.  When viewing this piece it is really up to the observer to decide whether they prefer the gold on the bottom, top, or sides. But to be decisive, I created the piece to be hung as it looks in the first photo.

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The dimensions are 14 inches x 10 inches. I finished this (and the other wood board pieces) by adding a strip of decorative trim along its edges; however, I would like to try my hand at encasing these pieces in decorative wood frames. The millwork wood that is used for this purpose is usually available at Home Depot in 8 ft lengths. The cost is usually between $5 and $15 CDN so it would be very inexpensive to make my own.

The big question for me is: can I cut the angles right to make a perfectly fitting frame?

Thanks for reading,

S

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RED: The Heart Beats

Inspiration comes in many forms; and for this piece I was inspired by love and the heart.

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St Valentine’s Day was last week, and as usual we become inundated with images of cutesy cartoon hearts, and cherubs with messages telling us to show love to our friends and family by spending money.

Most of what we purchase are useless trinkets that do very little to further any true affect for our loved ones, but fills the empty space of an average cosmopolitan existence. I suppose that is a topic for another day.

My latest piece is a reflection of the heart, without the fake imagined sentiment. The heart beats. It supplies blood to organs, and for most  of us we can only pray that it does not stop beating too soon.

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Thanks for stopping by,

S

Floating, blending, and a swirl in acrylic on canvas

I love the colour blue.

In paint, in the sky, in eyes…

…and on rare occasions when I’ve seen the blue azure sea in the Caribbean where (half of) my people are from.

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My latest work is a blending of greens, blues, and yellows.  I used “swirling” techniques to bleed colours into each other and make the colours lead endlessly into each other.

The first photo is a bit dark, so I have included this one which adds detail:
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Note how vivid the yellows came out. I was super pleased with that.

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Green is quickly becoming my go-to. I suppose it has something to do with my desire for spring to return to Southern Ontario, and for my garden to bloom in the sunshine.

Thanks for reading,

S

Submerged Gold Underwater: Acrylic on Canvas

My latest work is an abstract conception of underwater  (or sunken) gold.

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Gold Underwater sinking to the deepest of depths.

I have been fortunate enough to take a dearly needed vacation and created this during my time away from work.

This is a modest 12 x 24 inch portrait style original work, that features intense contrasts of deep blue and gold. The idea that I worked with was to have blue waves engulf gold as it sunk deep underwater.

The image is a passive commentary on the notion of sunken treasure and opportunities that are out of reach, but still visible.

Much of my art is conceptual, abstract, and utterly beautiful to the eyes of a kindred be holder. I’ve received a lot of interesting feedback on my technique and style from people; and the ultimate response is that I should keep on going!

I think 800 is a nice number for a lifetime goal of art work… 😉

Thanks for reading

-S