Charles Ayars  

Abstract in Pastels by Charles Ayars

February 2021 - Abstract in Pastels

February 2021 - Charles Ayars


February 2021 - Charles Ayars

Original 2

February 2021 - Charles Ayars

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I started with a partially frozen lake near my home taken at sunrise. I experimented with the colors and blocked out some of the picture with a solid color. From there I added in the extracted poppy overlaying it at least six times. Each with a different opacity. I did several runs with various color filters to finally come up with a pallet that was pleasing to me. Depending on the person’s taste and color scheme needs any one of these three could work but I liked the pastel one the best.

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5 comments posted

Joan Field   Joan Field
I didn't have room for all of the originals. We can only put in a total of four images. I hope this is the correct final. If not, let me know right away. I do like the lake with the orange reflections of the reeds, which is called Original 3. Maybe because it is more recognizable. The latter is not a requirement for creative at all. Your abstract is exactly that. Quite lovely. There is a dark area on lower left that might be replaced by something a little lighter.   Posted: 02/03/2021 14:37:21

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I absolutely love this with all it's colors and vibrancy. I wish I could see all of the images you used. The color scheme reminds me of spring and has very nice energy.   Posted: 02/04/2021 16:51:58

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
WOW! Love this abstract image. I can see quite a lot of movement (about 1/3 of the way up) going on. Very pleasing colours. A lot of work!   Posted: 02/07/2021 23:20:00

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Charles, Your image has obviously been a labour of love where you have applied a technique and then modified it and then modified it again. The end result has worked very well and produced an abstract that is pleasing to the eye. It is particularly appealing as I don't know what I am looking at and for that reason, it draws me in. The colour palette is visually attractive and there is a myriad of shapes, patterns and textures to occupy the attention. I tend to agree with Joan that the dark area bottom left is a little visually jarring.   Posted: 02/18/2021 11:07:53

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
Great composition and color. It reminds me of Picasso's 'Guernica'.   Posted: 02/28/2021 20:23:43