[ pri-sip-i-teyt ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
  2. to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.

verb (used without object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.

  1. Meteorology. to fall to the earth’s surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.


smsart sarah schumacher mixed media painting word of the day precipitate abstract the100dayproject 100daysofartandessays

thought process

I wanted to create a simple abstract for this word. An intuitive, emotion-based painting which ended up being very experimental. The initial idea, once on paper, ended up being too simplistic, so I kept adding texture and other elements until it looked cool. This is actually the second attempt at it (the colors and feel were totally wrong in the first one so I started over).

The blue is the incoming rain, hail or complicated consequences resulting from a series of decisions. The large black angular area is added complexity and movement. The green overlays, white lines and tape are because it felt right.