I don’t remember how I stumbled on the work of Laurie Close, but thank you to whoever shared it. Her paintings, done in gouache, acrylic or oil, are a combination of layered lines and curves in thick and thin single brush strokes—the kind you only dream of being able to create with one swoop.

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Most of her work explores depth and color layering, something most abstract paintings do but there’s something about Laurie’s that reminds me a bit of colorful illustrations you might find in sophisticated children’s books. There is no hesitation in the lines, a display of confidence—something that can be appreciated.

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You can shop her paintings on Etsy.