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Painting Challenge #2: Pictograph Tribute

Painting Challenge #2

I’m participating in a “7 Week Painting Challenge”, an online painting class with San Francisco artist Tesia Blackburn.
This week’s challenge was to do a painting in response to the pictograph style of Adolph Gottleib, an American abstract expressionist painter, sculptor and printmaker. (March 14, 1903 – March 4, 1974).

I had to make it quick because I was goofing off in Las Vegas since the last class and had only today to complete the assignment! (sorry Adolph)…

photo 1“Tribute #1″
16″ x 20” Acrylic on Canvas

 The grey pigment you see is Stainless Steel Coarse fluid acrylic by Golden. In real life it has a metallic sheen.

photo 4
photo 2
photo 5-2

“Tribute #1″
16″ x 20” Acrylic on Canvas

(You can see Painting Challenge #1 here)

© deb davies thorkelson   |   November, 2014

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11 replies »

  1. A very good composition. Whenever I go to the Moma or Beaubourg I always have this mixed feeling that everything’s already done or de-constructed. But yours is a good answer to that! 🙂


  2. Very nice Deb. Sometimes its the pressure that creates those unique images that burst onto the canvas. I am often captivated by the textures and the hidden shapes and I lose sight of the total picture. It’s like cloud watching and seeing so many things in the cloud shapes you forget about the sky. I think that painting would look very nice on a white wall that is very tall in a narrow corridor with lots of angular shadows. 🙂


    • I had a blast! I love the desert (used to live in Scottsdale, AZ – now in San Francisco east bay). It was beautiful and had a great time. Thanks so much on your nice comment about the painting I did yesterday. We’ll see if I successfully answered the challenge during my online class tomorrow night. It’s such a fun course! A different contemporary artist to study & a painting challenge based on their work each week. Sharon, your work is so fantastic; I really can’t wait to see what you’ll post next! xo

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  3. Kudos to you, getting this done in a rush. Good job. When I’m in a hurry, I always make editing errors, then hit post comment before I catch them, so hat’s off to you for a job well done.


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