Fearless Friday, Abstract Painting with Gold Leaf

“I could do thatshoot, I could have done that in kindergarten…”


On the coast


Well maybe, but abstract art is more complicated than people think



Liquid gold


Composition, color, focal point, light, all these things are just as important in abstract paintings as they are in more traditional painting


gray and gold abstract


In the painting above the focal point is basically in the center of the canvas.

Generally a big no no

You want the eye to travel into, around or across the painting, which adds interest.  If the focal point is in the center, the eye is drawn to it like a target and doesn’t see anything else


Falling Gold abstract with gold leaf


In the finished painting of “Falling Gold,” you can see that I changed the dark horizontal line, toned down some of the gold and added more darks to the lower right

Now the eye is drawn into the gold but then travels “over the waterfall,” down through the painting


gold leaf abstract


This was the first time I used gold leaf in a painting, I was being fearless  😅


gold leaf


You can use gold leaf adhesive or Mod Podge.  See the finished Gold Leaf Glasses here


Falling Gold


Next time you see an abstract painting, take a moment to study it closely…you might be surprised to discover lots of layers, colors and tones have combined to create interest, a feeling, or an emotion




Check to see if the painting has a title, it’s often a hint as to what the artist is trying to convey

This painting is called “Multitasking” 

Doesn’t it make you feel like you’re going in many directions at once?

Be fearless!

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Juicy Details

All paintings are my originals

Painting titles, medium and owner:

“On the Coast” /  acrylic / JM

“Water Bottles” /  acrylic / private commission

“Falling Gold” / acrylic and gold leaf / private commission

“Multitasking” / acrylic and pastel / JM


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13 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Abstract Painting with Gold Leaf”
  1. Mary says:

    Love your artistic addition of the gold leaf on your canvas Jenna! I would have to be fearless to use it and not think about the price 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Good morning Jenna! I have been creating more abstract art lately and adding gold leaf too. I have used the adhesive but find it hard to control. I will try mod podge. I apply the gold last so it is interesting to me to see it applied first. Loved seeing the creation of your painting which is absolutely breathtaking. I love the watery colors and loose brushstrokes.

    • Thanks Johanne, most of the gold leaf was applied towards the end of the painting, but then I ended up painting over some of it to improve the composition. I want to try using it in a more traditional painting soon, as part of the highlighted areas. I appreciate your kind words, painting can be scary as you know- Happy creating! >

  3. Jodi says:

    BRILLLLLLIANT jenna! LOVE your art!!!!! You are so right about abstract and I am so drawn to it lately! Love love love this post!

  4. Jenna, I have cultivated a genuine love of abstracts. I use to think (uneducated) that all you had to do was throw paint on a canvas, but obviously not true! I love your art and the gold leaf is stunning! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Such an interesting post, Jenna. I am not an artist, and you definitely made abstract painting more interesting and understandable with your explanations. I have always loved your glassware and tableware creations, but now I see your talent extends well beyond that. Love, love, love your “Falling Gold”, but also appreciate your knowledge and ability to explain the process. You know the adage: “those who can, do; those who can’t do, teach.”? You, my friend, do both.. very well!
    Thank you for sharing. Rosie

  6. So beautiful Jenna…I find studying an abstract is so thought provoking…Love your abstract…gorgeous!!

  7. Marigene says:

    Jenna, thanks for explaining a little about abstract art, it has always been a mystery to me. It is so unlike a landscape or still life.
    I really like all of them, but I think the “Falling Gold” is my favorite. I like the colors in “Water Bottles” but the motion in the other what eyes kept going to.
    Have a great weekend.

    • thank you Marigene, painting is so subjective and personal, it is very scary for me to share some of my paintings, so your words are much appreciated. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! >

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