Soft and Subtle Abstract

Anyone who follows my work knows that I like abstract techniques with bright bold colors (ok and I love black and white photography….go figure that juxtaposition). Anyway, today I wanted to feature a soft and subtle look in my abstract art collection.

These particular three prints are some of my favorites with their soft subtle shapes and subdued colors. They create a contemporary effect, but without jumping out at you and demanding your attention. These types of prints quietly grow on you and slowly bring your eye in.  I created all three of them by starting with some digital ink sketching of long lines and small geometric shapes and then adding color as I thought would work with the various shapes.

The first one is “Touch of Purple”,  using that color as a focal point and allowing your eye to drift slowly across the “canvas”.

The next print was created using the same technique, but this time I stayed with general triangular shapes and no bold color, just soft hues of mostly yellow and gold. I always saw it as a pairing with the third one keeping the color hues the same.

In this third one, I used a variety of geometric shapes, but kept them tied together creating a singular focal point.


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28 thoughts on “Soft and Subtle Abstract

  1. Jet Eliot

    Really enjoyed these abstracts, Kirt. I like the bold colors and shapes, and let my eyes do what you suggested and found it relaxing and pleasing. Thanks so much.

  2. Dan Antion

    I like these, Kirt, but I wonder if I’m missing some of the desired effect since the colors around purple in the spectrum are some I have the hardest time discerning. Not a criticism, just an observation.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      So you don’t see the dark pink, touches of red and light lavender? Those do change the perspective of the print with the rest of the colors being subdued……thanks for the feedback Dan and thanks for stopping by!

      1. Dan Antion

        Ha ha, no. “Light lavender” is something I’ve never seen. I just call that light gray. I have a tie that I bought because it was a great shade of gray. I brought it home and my wife told me it was lavender.

      2. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        We have a good friend who is color blind…..we play Mahjong with a group of friends monthly…it has tiles with Chinese characters in different colors….he had to memorize the shapes of certain characters where we recognize them by color….he kicked our ass this last Sat night. Since I don’t have that issue….I find it interesting when he talks about how he sees things that I have taken for granted.

      3. Dan Antion

        Well, sorry for you but I’m glad he won 🙂

        I’ve had issues with things like that. Recently, I was trying to pick seats on a Delta flight. I usually pay for Delta Comfort, to get the extra legroom. They introduced a new level (Premium). The colors for them are different shades of blue. I couldn’t tell which was which. I kept clicking on a seat and getting a message saying “this is not a Delta Comfort seat”. It took 5-6 tries per leg.

      4. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        The stories our friend tells…….I feel for you guys. It’s something most people take for granted, but for those with color blindness, like your example…it becomes an issue! Have a great week Dan!

  3. denisebushphoto

    VERY interesting … I like this collection and your thinking. Not that it matters but although I understand what you are saying I would not have characterized them as soft and subtle. I suppose it is because of the strong shapes, angles, and solid colors. The last one fits the soft and subtle tag best ‘for me’.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I appreciate the feedback and I get what you are saying because of the shapes…..I appreciate the feedback, your support and stopping by! Have a great week Denise!!

  4. lorriebowden

    The yin and the yang?
    Love the prints, Kirt. I almost see the word “wow” in the first one…and can make out a human in the last one. Love abstract art!
    Have a great week😁☀️🌻


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