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Abstract Diptych Project

I've always been fascinated with process. I like watching something start from nothing and seeing it grow in to something special.

But, I never had the courage to share my own process in public. I've often opted to post "finished" or "nearly finished" works - be it writing, painting, scrapbook, collage, or craft.

I guess, it's because when you share a process, you commit yourself to seeing it until the end.

Now, I want to make that commitment.

You see, I've been meaning to finish this diptych painting that I mentioned in this blog entry. I bought these two blank pre-stretched canvases (size: 1 metre x 1 metre each) over a year ago. I wanted to paint them for our lounge. But, until now, they remain blank and untouched.

In the beginning, we hung this big batik painting from Thailand that was a gift to my husband from my sister-in-law. While the painting often invited conversations from visitors, my husband and I agreed that it didn't seem right in that place. This is how it looked like (hanging behind the couch):

The Lounge

So, as a way to push myself to start working on the canvases, I asked my husband to remove the batik painting and hang the two empty canvases as a reminder of what I haven't done yet. In the meantime, we're calling these pieces "Emperor's New Paintings". 😉

Diptych Project Process 1

These blank canvases must've been hanging there for about a month now. And, a day hasn't gone by without me thinking about my unfinished work.

At this time, I've been doing some sketches and doodles - brainstorming for ideas. Here are some sample sketches:

Abstract Diptych Studies 1

Yes, based on these sketches, I'm leaning towards geometric abstraction - like these abstract paintings I made. But, I'm still wondering if I should do something a bit more representational. You know, pictures that people can actually recognise even if they're still in abstract form. I like doing these a lot. However, I don't want to do any interiors, florals, or women.

Anyway, I'll keep posting updates here whenever possible. Now that I've committed myself to sharing the process for creating these paintings, I have more reason to keep working on them.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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