My Thoughts Just Got Away From Me

This fall I’ve been participating in a studio painting group at Woodmere Art Museum, located not far from home. We focus on abstract work in these sessions. Here is something I started in class and finished up at home, as is my usual practice.

It’s called “My Thoughts Just Got Away From Me” and is done in acrylics and acrylic markers on board, 20″ x 16″. I used this opportunity to go all-out on patterns and colors and shapes.

18 thoughts on “My Thoughts Just Got Away From Me

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I find more and more I have been using lines, and making grids or boxes, recently. I always did so but lots more these days. I like the feeling of structure and ordering they give, which I think is important since then and I go and fill every space with patterns or whatever! I really enjoyed making this “portrait” and fitting all the parts together to make a whole.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          Yes, I agree. I wonder why. I’ve always liked buildings and architecture and man made structures, let’s say, more than looking at scenery or landscape, so I think this orientation has been with me all my life. It is interesting to me to think about it.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I love all the shapes and forms within this painting. I especially like the shape of the yellow eye and the sweeping curved line from the shoulder down around the arm and to the hand.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I started out with random colors and shapes painted on the surface and went from there. The arm grew out of the original elements, I liked the swoopiness of it too. And the yellow eye, as soon as I put the color down, I knew I could not let it go, and that other parts would need to fit with it.

  2. Diane

    I like how you incorporate the acrylic markers. This is something I have not yet gotten a real feel for, although I like them. And I really like how you use them.

      1. Diane

        Yes, I have the broad nibs but I think I need a small version. Darn, I’ll have to buy more!! Basically, I think the large ones would work well on board or canvas. My sketchbooks are kind of small for them.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I do like combining many colors and shapes and it’s always so absorbing to me to do something like this I just get started and then…it runs off on its own! Which I enjoy.

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