Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3

The following abstract portraits and faces are part of a series of artworks, consisting of drawings and paintings from 2009. I experienced an extended period of personal sadness and frustration, with art as my outlet. The abstract art was created with a variety of mediums, including pens, ink, paint pens, acrylics, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, and colored pencils. Paper sizes, shapes, and weights vary from artwork to artwork, but the theme of “faces” is consistent.

Albeit these expressions are of my discomfort, I drew strength from many places, including valued attention and support from individuals online around the world.

Thank you for your validation and encouragement of my work, kind comments, and for sharing your inspiring art. I appreciate all that you have provided, I wish for you the best that life has to offer, and good luck with your artistic pursuits!

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3

Purple 1 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Purple 1
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
9″x12″

Future - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Future
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Pink - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Pink
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
8″x13″

Void - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Void
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Fear - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Fear
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Sun - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Sun
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Hair 1 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Hair 1
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
12″x9″

Black White and Blue - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Black White and Blue
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3

The following abstract portraits and faces are part of a series of artworks, consisting of drawings and paintings from a time of personal sadness and frustration in 2009. Mediums used include pens, ink, paint pens, acrylics, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, and a variety of paper sizes, weights, and shapes.

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3

Heat - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Heat
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x11″

Organism - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Organism
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Breath - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Breath
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x22″

Purple 2 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Purple 2
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
8″x13″

Green 1 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Green 1
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Yellow - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Yellow
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x20″

Dud - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Dud
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Fly - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Fly
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
9″x12″

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Blue Boy | Abstract Drawing of a Boy’s Face

“Blue Boy” is approximately 11″ x 14″, drawn with markers, watercolors, and paint pens on paper. The strokes are swift and gestural, with abstract shapes and lines loosely forming a wide eyed expression on a boy’s face. The accompanying video shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format.

Blue Boy | Abstract Drawing of a Boy's Face

I Have a Road Less Traveled in Mind | Drawing of Meditation

I have a road less traveled in mind. Being sensitive to the external, my attention is often focused outside my body. Now I’m diving inside to explore the source of my thoughts, actions, and affect I bring to the outside world.

I Have a Road Less Traveled in Mind | Drawing of a Person Meditating on Thoughts of the Mind

It takes courage for me to watch my own thoughts. They drift in and out when not being acted upon. And it takes a lot of practice for me to be calm and sit with myself in this way. But the benefits are clear.

The calm lingers. I can think with compassion. And I’m aware of my feelings, and can see them for what they are… feelings. And this helps me make good decisions in my life.

I’m not an expert on meditation, but I’m also distinctly aware of a higher wisdom in my mind that defies what I’ve learned in a few short decades of life. It’s a Knowing of how to take care of my body, how to live, express myself, heal, and breath. It’s an awareness I suspect is always there, but rarely gets the focused attention it deserves.

But I’m thankful. Appreciative. And very excited to see where this road less traveled leads!

[I Have a Road Less Traveled in Mind was created for Art Challenge #10: A Road Less Traveled at The Artist Challenge. The drawing is approximately 8″ x 11″, created with watercolors, pens, colored pencils, and paint pens.]

Sun Art | Drawings of Suns / Stars

CBS News Sunday Morning LogoThe following drawings of the sun (stars) were created in response to Art Challenge #7: Sun Art, over at The Artist Challenge. The first sun drawing is also part of the CBS News Sunday Morning Television Show Art Library.

Each sun drawing is 11″ x 14″, and drawn on paper with a variety of pens, watercolors, paint pens, colored pencils, oil pastels, markers, and acrylic paint.

The first image of the sun represents the power and energy of the source of light and color, and life, in our world. The drawing is also abstract and impressionistic. The other two sun/star drawings focus on the tumultuous bubbling reaction within a star that produces the warm colors and heat amidst the black depths of space.

The accompanying video shows the drawing and painting process for the colorful abstract sun in a time lapse format.

Colorful Abstract Drawing of the Sun

Drawing of the Sun

Drawing of the Sun and Stars

Drawing of a Turtle | Video Time Lapse

This is an 11″x13″ drawing of a turtle, drawn and painted with markers, pens, paint pens, oil pastels, watercolors, and acrylic paint. The style is loose and impressionistic with an unconventional color palette and mixture of mediums. Shades of blue and green permeate the shadows around the turtle and in the background. This creates contrast between elements like the white highlights on the turtle shell, face, and leg, pushing them forward in the composition. And the variety of mediums in the artwork creates a unique surface texture befitting the turtle and surrounding foliage.

The time lapse video shows the process of drawing and painting the turtle, and how multiple variations and layers all exist within the same artwork.

Drawing of a Turtle

Portrait of a Woman

The following artwork is entitled “Portrait of a Woman”. The slightly abstract and impressionistic drawing is approximately 11″ x 14″ and was created with pens, markers, paint pens, and colored pencils on paper. The portrait was drawn from life, as the woman reclined on a couch. A live subject helps me to capture a unique vibrancy and spirit that emanates from a person.

Interestingly, the woman in this portrait became very ill a few hours after the 20 minute drawing session. I think a certain anxious discomfort was visible before the physical symptoms of the illness were felt by her. It was a 24 hour illness, and she fully recovered.

Portrait of a Woman

The Fool | Abstract Face | Art Challenge #6

Art Challenge #6: “The Fool” gallery is now premiering at The Artist Challenge. My contribution is a colorful abstract drawing of a face that represents some of the emotions behind feeling foolish. Drawn on an 11″ x 14″ piece of paper, layers of expression were built up over time with pens, markers, and paint pens.

Vulnerable feelings of sadness and embarrassment began the drawing, and despite the ultimate attempt at a smile, the reddening of the cheeks and watery eyes add to the complex face of emotions. The fool tries to ignore what’s inside and hide from the outside, stuck in an awkward and chaotic limbo, when honesty may be the truth that sets one free.

The accompanying time lapse drawing video offers insight into the creation of the colorful abstract face and reveals a hidden layer of emotion behind the final expression.

The Fool - Abstract Face Drawing

Windows to the Moon | Abstract Drawings and Paintings

The following artworks are part of a series of drawings/paintings of windows to the moon, each drawn and painted in an abstract style with different mediums. Each single window is approximately 12″x9″, containing a mix of media, including watercolors, pens, markers, colored pencils, paint pens, and oil pastels. The drawings are gestural and impressionistic, evoking a unique atmosphere when seen together or separately. The moon shines bright through each window amidst the dark night colored with black, red, and blue. Occasionally, the moon is visible during the daylight colored with blue, yellow, and white.

Abstract Drawings and Paintings of the Moon Seen Through Windows

Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love | Abstract Faces Drawings and Paintings

The Artist Challenge is well underway, with new artists joining every day! The project was started by artist Vikki North and I by challenging each other to create artwork based on a particular theme. This is my submission for Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love.

The first artwork is my submission, “Face of Unrequited Love 01”. The abstract face drawing/painting is approximately 11″x14″, drawn and painted with pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors on paper. The accompanying video shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format. The face was initially sketched with pen and markers. Washes of water and watercolor softened the portrait, followed by thick markers, and more watercolor washes, details, and highlights.

Drawing / Painting of a Face of Unrequitted Love 01 | Abstract Portrait of a Man

Pen Drawing of the Eyes of a Broken Heart - Face of Unrequited Love 01, Detail

The second portrait drawing is entitled “Face of Unrequited Love 02”. This abstract face drawing/painting is approximately 9″x12″, drawn and painted with pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors on paper. There is an accompanying video that shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format. It shows a similar sketching and painting process from start to finish.

Drawing / Painting of a Face of Unrequitted Love 02 | Abstract Portrait of a Man

Sketches of Abstract Faces | Pen and Watercolor

These are sketches of abstract faces in primarily black pens and watercolors. The first drawing is a pen sketch with water wash, approximately 9″x12″ on paper. The old face is an interesting foundation, utilizing the high contrast of black and white to create a striking and kinetic composition. The second drawing of a face, also 9″x12″ on paper, started in a similar style with pen and markers. Layers of black watercolor, marker, and white highlights were gesturally added to accentuate the fluid and wispy atmosphere.

Abstract Face Pen Sketch in Black and White

Abstract Face Sketch with Watercolor and Markers in Black and White

Abstract Drawing of a Bee | Video

This is a 9″x12″ abstract drawing of a bee, created with markers, paint pens, colored pencils, pens, and watercolor mediums. The vibrant, warm color palette and loose style adds a frantic feeling to the artwork. Quick strokes of color and medium are blurred around the paper with spatters of watercolor to create a sense of movement and buzzing. Silver and gold paint is also used to add a shimmering effect to the bee.

The accompanying video shows how I draw and paint the abstract bee in a time lapse format. The composition was initially sketched with light yellow, followed by rich oranges, reds, and silver and gold paint pens. Lush mixes of watercolors and white highlights were also applied to the entire artwork.

Abstract Drawing of a Bee

Abstract Drawing of a Face | Determination

This is a 9″x12″ abstract drawing of a face with a determined expression. The character’s face was drawn with pens, paint pens, oil pastels, and markers. The artwork is expressive and colorful, with contrasting warm and cool colors used to set apart the eyes, nose, mouth, and some skin surfaces from the surrounding chaos.

An accompanying video shows how I draw the abstract face in a time lapse format. The initial composition of the face was sketched with pen first, followed by layers of color and highlights.

Abstract Drawing of a Face

Abstract Drawing of Clarity

Expression without fear is often followed by more self awareness for me. Whether it’s through music, writing, dance, visual art, talking, or some other type of introspective activity, it helps me reach a new perspective about my life. I feel like I have some clarity. The drawing below is an abstract representation of a part of the process. The artwork is drawn on two sheets of 12″x9″ card stock paper, with pens, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, and paint pens.

Abstract Impressionist Drawing of the Feeling of Clarity

Abstract Impressionist Painting of the Feeling of Clarity, Part 1

Abstract Impressionist Painting of the Feeling of Clarity, Part 2

Abstract Painting | Acrylic and Watercolor Paint

This an abstract painting created with acrylic and watercolor paint. The artwork is approximately 16.5″ x 11″ on heavy foam core. Sweeping movements were used to wisp the paint onto the surface, and instead of using the brush, the brush handle was used to push and pull the paint around. The painting is primarily black and white, but hints of yellow, blue, and orange permeate the entire abstract artwork.

Abstract Painting Created with Acrylic and Watercolor Paint

Paintings Drawings of Dogs with Sombreros | Jack Russell Terrier | Papillion Poodle

These are two 9″x12″ paintings / drawings of dogs with sombreros. The first dog is a papillion poodle mix, drawn and painted on paper with pens, markers, colored pencils, silver paint pen, and watercolors. The second dog is a jack russell terrier, also drawn and painted on paper with pens, markers, colored pencils, silver paint pen, and watercolors. I don’t think dogs are comfortable wearing sombreros, hence the disconcerted look on their faces.

Painting and Drawing of a Papillion Poodle Dog Wearing a Sombrero

Painting and Drawing of a Jack Russell Terrier Dog Wearing a Sombrero

How to Draw a Rose | Video of Abstract Rose Art

This is a video and image of a drawing of a rose. The video shows how the rose was drawn and painted with thin lines, washes of color, and expressive highlights. The drawing / painting is 12″x9″ and was created with pens, markers, paint pens, colored pencils, and watercolors. There are also segments of silver and gold paint around the flower. The rose was constructed with an initial vibrancy that represents the flower’s attribution to the emotions of love. And like love in its many undulating forms, the drawing continues to deepen and change over the course of time, sometimes darker sometimes lighter, but with a consistent undercurrent expressed with some clarity amidst the whole. (Total drawing time was about 20 minutes.)

Colorful Abstract Painting and Drawing of a Rose

More Abstract Faces

These are more drawings of abstract faces. The first drawing is colorful and abstract, and was drawn with pens, markers, colored pencils, and paint pens, and painted with watercolors. The image was drawn spontaneously from imagination. There is also a second drawing of a colorful face, which was created in a similar style. Both drawings are 9″x12″ on card stock paper.

How to Paint and Draw a Face Colorful and Abstract

A colorful abstract painting and drawing of a face

HOPE | Reflections of Hope in Art

Hope is difficult for me to draw or paint. It is even more difficult to write about.

Hope is always in me. I take it for granted, usually, unless things get bad. But things have to get really bad before all I have left is hope.

I think this is due to hope being an emotional state rather than an optimistic point of view reached by conscious logical thought. Hope happens when reason is gone. When life feels so overwhelmingly bad, all I have left is hope… for something better.

Although, I can’t deny when life feels positively good, I feel an undercurrent of hope for stability. “I hope that nothing bad happens!” Hope can work against change when things are good and comfortable. Maybe that reflects the arbitrary nature of emotion.

Each of the drawings and paintings below are reflections of hope. The artworks are approximately 9″x12″ on card stock paper, created with markers, pens, watercolors, paint pens, and acrylic paint. The first piece of art is a Face of Hope at its time of overwhelming need. The second artwork is a Ray of Hope, shining through the darkest hour; a time it’s most clearly visible. And the third drawing is a nod to the American Democratic political party which connected popular culture’s idea of hope to a campaign, in the Smiling Eyes of Hope.

Special Thanks to Martha Marshall for contributing the idea for this 4th Art Challenge! And check out Vikki North’s blog (the originator of these art challenges!) to see her interpretation of HOPE!

~Michael

Abstract Drawing and Painting of the Face of Hope

Abstract Drawing and Painting of a Ray of Hope

Abstract Drawing and Painting of the Smiling Eyes of Hope

Expressive Abstract Drawings and Paintings of Colorful Faces

This is a series of expressive abstract drawings and paintings of colorful faces. The artworks are 9″x12″ and use a variety of colored mediums to achieve the desired look, including Oil Pastels, Paint Pens, Watercolors, Markers, Pens, and Acrylic Paint. They are drawn from memories and intend to convey the essence of a mood or feeling evoked from people or characters. The layers, expressive lines, and abstract compositions help communicate the complexity of imagination, and represent the emotions that arise from a perceived connection to faces.

Expressive Abstract Drawing and Painting of a Colorful Face

Expressive Abstract Drawing and Painting of a Colorful Face

Expressive Abstract Drawing and Painting of a Colorful Face