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New Geometric Abstract

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For some reason I am always drawn to the combination of black and bright colors.  I guess I love the stark contrasts and, of course, I always love bright and colorful.  One of my current series of paintings seems to be reinvigorating my original style done in a whimsical manner, but with more of a geometric flair.  It is a minimal, bold and colorful look.

This recent painting, a geometric abstract, is done with acrylics and mixed media.  It is 19×24 inches on Bristol Board.

Copyright 2013 Sharon Pierce McCullough


abstract stripe painting

Today I’ve been wondering if other artists simultaneously work on several bodies of work at one time.  Paintings seem to swirl through my head, even when I awake in the middle of the night.  I don’t really want to be planning my paintings but sometimes it happens.

The one body of work I still continue to work on is “What Lies Beneath” … which has a sense of movement to it but also an underlying thread of geometrics.  Perhaps these geometric shapes are a fallback to my love of geometry while growing up.  Seriously, I was one of two girls in the advanced math class in high school.  I loved math.  So, maybe that’s my draw to geometrics?

But with some of my paintings I am drawn to use either white or black.  The other body of work I am putting together I am calling “Wicked Good”.  Is this normal though to paint in a few given directions all at one time?

Wired, 19×24, Acrylics on bristol board, 2013, Sharon Pierce McCullough.

Contemporary Abstract Art

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Have you ever wondered how different today’s abstract art is from some of the famous abstract artists that are now very collectible?  When you look at some of today’s art it doesn’t seem all that different than centuries ago.  Perhaps some of this is because many artists study art history and are greatly influenced by artists of the past.

Sometimes I wish I knew more art history, but at the same time, I am happy to be evolving in my own direction.  Sometimes when I start a painting I am sure of the direction but my hand takes over and the end result is not what I might have intended.

Notches, acrylic on paper, 19×24, Sharon Pierce McCullough


Creative Days As An Artist

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Some days I wake up in the morning, even before I get out of bed, and I know it is going to be a really creative day.  Creative thoughts are already flowing, I just need to channel them for the day’s work.  Sometimes it will be painting, other times poetry or a children’s book I’m working on.  But lately I have been concentrating on my paintings.

However … some days I try to paint and the creativity just doesn’t flow.  Like yesterday.  I spent the day in the studio, working on two new paintings, one a canvas and one on art board.  There was a lot of over-painting done and what I started on the canvas looks entirely different from when I began.  I’m happy with the progress on both and the colors, but they are far from finished.

New Abstract Paintings

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As I continue to paint most days in the studio I now have set up,  my paintings, both on paper and canvas, are seeming to multiply.  I really enjoy the freedom of painting in a more abstract manner.  The end result is often surprising even to me.

My color palette changes weekly but now I am on a blue streak.  The canvas beckons …


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Starting off the new year, this is the first completed abstract painting done on canvas with acrylics.  Titled “Contentment” it is primarily an abstract done in oranges and reds, with a hint of blue.   It is the first piece painted in my new studio.