Adding to my “Spirits” series of diptych small abstract paintings, this set is an exciting splash of color that didn’t end up as I had envisioned. Let me show you how the paintings progressed.



=> See first step-by-step story of the series, “Spring Spirits” small abstract painting diptych, here.


I had decided on an autumn color palette of oranges and reds and a format placing the long end of one canvas to the short end of the other canvas. Unusual, but fun.


STEP 1: Diptych Canvas’ Background, Texture

@2016 Sally Erickson, Bend, Oregon. All Rights Reserved.From my collected acrylics color palette I selected a peachy color for the two canvas’ background painted over the acrylic gel texturing I had applied across the center of both canvas panels. Here’s how that looked.

=> Other small abstracts background beginnings.

The diptych paintings now have lots of nice texture and not much color. What’s next?



STEP 2: Autumn Oranges Color Scheme

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Next step was to add some color to the canvases. I started with a redish and a yellowish orange, following the textured areas. The shape of the abstract design has taken on a criss-cross look. Here’s the result.






STEP 3: Abstract Painting Pizazz

To add some pizazz to this diptych painting I thought I’d highlight edges of the texture with some bronzy metallic paint. Since this effect is difficult to photograph, I thought a closer view might show the reflection of the metallic acrylic. Here’s a close up.

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This small diptych is taking on some color and shine, but I want some red paint on those little canvases.



STEP 4:  More Autumn Color – Reds

©2016 Sally Erickson, Bend, Oregon. All Rights Reserved.I have three different red acrylic paints – hot pinkish, burgundy, and two real reds – one dark and one lighter. Once I got going, the whole thing was red without much of the orange remaining. You can see a little of the orange paint around the edges. (This diptych progress picture is the only remaining evidence.)


STEP 5:  Bring Back the Orange!

So I thought about it and decided this diptych painting needs the orange. And, while I was at it, I decided the burgundy was a little uneven between the two panels.

Take a look at the change! What a difference. The burgundy is more purple now, spans both canvas panels, and there is a bit of metallic rose in there, too.


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Your Opinion?

What do you think of the final diptych? I think I succeeded in giving this set of paintings an autumn look. Maybe those shapes are piles of leaves blowing around?

It was fun putting on the red acrylic paint, especially. The texture made applying one color over the other more complete than I had intended. The red paints were not opaque, but the acrylic texturing gel ate it up. Since red is my favorite color, I was not disappointed in the final look.


I would love to hear what you think of my “Autumn Spirits” diptych. Any suggestions for more “Spirits” series abstract paintings? I have two different color schemes so far. I need a winter and a summer set next. I have panels ready to paint. Need palettes. More coming soon.

=> To see the final edition of “Autumn Spirits” diptych in more detail, check out the Art Gallery“Autumn Spirits” Diptych