abstract art, a systems view

Red Rhombus

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It’s a composite of four “identical” paintings, arranged in mirror opposition, resulting in the central red rhombus figure…

Red Rhombus,July 2012, acrylic on canvas, 24″x24″

…and what else?

Written by Andy Parkinson

July 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

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  1. After the red diamond I see the elusive lime green square with the orange bars whipping out towards the edges. quite dynamic as the red diamond is trying to lock the rest in!


    July 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

    • Thanks for your comment. I am fascinated by shifts like this. Sometimes when I have the green central square and the larger lime green square that I think you are referring to in view together, then I lose the red diamond shape even though it was so dominant to begin with (for me).

      Andy Parkinson

      July 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

  2. Magical colour repetitions, and full of movement.

    Molecules of Emotion

    July 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

    • thanks Gregory, I am interested in the movement too. I think it is a result of the attention shifts. I love what repetition can do. I love what repetition can do, (sorry – old joke!)

      Andy Parkinson

      July 6, 2012 at 6:46 am

  3. For what it’s worth, I like this one a lot. I know it’s online, but the colors look very rich and deep. I’m wondering if the “depth” of color helps articulate the design-pattern.


    July 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    • Hi Zak, Thank you. It is worth a lot. I did this pattern first in different colours (attempting to use someone else’s suggested colour scheme, some ‘tertiary’ colours) and it looked awful, so I think there is something about the colour that helps it. I try not to stick to true primaries, and there are four moves which means white is kept as a fifth colour. It gets darker with the overlapping and I think the tonal gradation creates depth (what little there is). I am working on reducing the amount of tonal change. Oh! and one of the colours is flourescent. Whilst I am trying to get away from them a bit, I just couldn’t resist including one. They are perhaps too easy. But I do love them.

      Andy Parkinson

      July 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

  4. Fantastic Op art – the elements really dance. What’s the secret to your very clean hard edges? Do you use masking or painter’s tape? Do you seal the tape with medium?


    July 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

    • I am pleased to hear that, John. I want some optical activity going on, but soft say in coparison to ‘op art’. Actually there are no hard edges here, though I am very pleased if you interpret them as hard, perhaps the photo helps. The bands of colour are my attempt to include painterley gestureand they are painted very loosely but I do use a ruler and I draw the edges with pencil and then I try to stay ‘in’ the lines (often failing miserably) I wonder if our eye/brain neatens it all up for us. Anyway to me it all looks too imprecise so I am delighted that you think they are clean edges. One of the things that does help and it is very deliberate is that none of the triangles are painted positively as triangles, they are simply the result of a series of bands covering the surface. I know that if I was painting in triangles they would look very messy and I would need masking tape. This is also one of the reasons for constructing with stretchers, the drawing becomes a matter of arranging phyically ‘hard’ edges rather than attempting to draw them. (I hope this makes sense!)

      Andy Parkinson

      July 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

      • If your lines are just ruler drawn and you keep within the lines with brushwork I am very impressed by your brush control. I’m not sure if I understand the last section of your comment though. I only asked about ‘clean lines’ because I often have problems with bleeding.


        July 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

  5. Hi John, it’s not very clear is it? If it is only the cleanness of the straight lines you are referring to I guess all i can say is that they don’t seem very clean to me. I use a wide brush and I try to take it down the line only the once, maybe that prevents it bleeding. Also the paint is very liquid, somewhere between water and milk in consistency.

    Andy Parkinson

    July 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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