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5 Ways to Create Your First Abstract Painting, Part Two

Start Mixing It Up

A crucial part of your painting is going to be the colors that you choose to use. This is where you should start to learn the art of mixing paint as this will give you so much more scope with the paintings that you can create with a basic set of acrylic paints.

You will be able to see how colors work together when you have them on your palette. Play around with ideas and see how different shades will look together. Take your time in this process as it is one of the most important parts of creating any painting. Getting the colors right is going to impact the success of your finished product in a very big way.

Practice makes perfect. You will get better at mixing paint and exploring ideas for color with each abstract painting that you create. Remember that this is your first painting. Do not strive for perfection. Aim to enjoy the process and learn from it.

It’s All About the Layers

You already have your first layer of paint all over your canvas so that there is no more white showing through. You have your basic design ideas blocked out in pencil and you have your paint mixed on your palette. Now it is time to start the really exciting part. Building the layers of the painting.

Start slowly as this should be a thought out process. We are talking about abstract art, but that does not mean that it is random. This genre may look as though the painter has worked without a plan, but in reality nothing is further from the reality of abstract art. This is a process, not a random collection of brush strokes.

Have Fun

By this stage your painting will be looking almost like the finished product, but there is still a way to go. If you feel yourself getting stuck, you should take a break. Step back and look at your work after you have had a break. It is likely that you will see it with very different eyes if you simply take a step back from it for a while. There is no point in continuing if you are feeling frustrated by the process. This is meant to be enjoyable so give yourself a break!

The Finishing Touches

Keep on adding color until you are happy with the finished painting. Remember that adding layers adds to the complexity and overall impact of the final painting. One of the most difficult parts of the process is in knowing when you are finished. Move away from the canvas and then come back to it after a short break. You should now in that moment whether or not you are finished.

5 Ways to Create Your First Abstract Painting, Part One

You may know that you want to start creating abstract paintings but have no idea where to start. It is important that you do to get too intimidated by this fascinating genre of art. The aim is freedom of expression and you should create whatever makes you feel good. Here are some ideas to get you on your way of creating your first abstract painting.

Start at the Beginning

This may seem obvious, but it is important to pick the material that you will use to put the painting on. The most conventional approach is to buy a canvas. It is usually advisable to start with a manageable size so that you are not too overwhelmed by the size of your potential painting. If you find that you want to create more abstract painting, you can always scale up the process later on. A good way to start is to buy some 10 x 10 inch cavasses. This is a large enough size to start with, but not too large. It is also more economical to buy the smaller canvases as first, so that you can experiment with different techniques and find out what works for you.

You are now faced with a blank canvas. The first place to start is by “toning’ the canvas. In other words, you use paint to cover the canvas so that it is not white anymore. You can off course use any color that you want, but for your first experiments it is best to use a light color.

The aim is to build up our painting in layers so start with something relatively light. Cover the whole of the canvas. This will mean that when your painting is finished you will not be able to see any white canvas showing through. This is essential if you want to create a professional looking effect. Always leave your paint sufficient time to dry before starting on the next step.

Look for Inspiration

In the internet age it is very easy to find pictures and information about abstract art. You can look at the art work of the pioneers of this exciting genre as well as looking at the work of up and coming artists.

You will find inspiration all around you. Take a trip to the park and take some photos. Watch the news. Visit the library to get some ideas. Once you start looking you will find plenty of paintings and ideas that you like. Narrow down your ideas as you do not want to get overwhelmed by not knowing where to start. Sometimes too much choice can be very confusing. At this stage you should have a simple vision of what you want to create with your abstract painting.

You will then want to start putting your ideas down on the canvas. The easiest way to start doing this is by using a pencil to sketch out some ideas on the canvas. This way you can change your mind if the effect is not to your liking. It is very difficult to start out without taking this step. Removing pencil lines is simple, but once you start with the actual paint, that becomes a difficult task. It is always better to get a sense of how things are going to look in pencil before you start adding the paint. It saves a lot of wasted canvas and materials.

5 Tips for Drawing and Painting Abstract Art

Are you just starting your journey in the world of creating abstract art? You may be just starting out or wanting to improve your current art work. Here are 5 tips which will help you in drawing and painting abstract art.

1) Inspiration is All Around You

The creation of abstract art has no limits. That is the central principle of this exiting genre. There is inspiration all around you and sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down exactly what you want to create. Do not get overwhelmed with the choices of what to do. Think what really inspires you.

2) Keep it Simple

You may be very tempted to go in a lot of different directions. This may not be the best idea. Whilst it may be very tempting to think that each piece that you create should be very different, this may mean that the process becomes overwhelming and confusing.

Successful abstract artists often say that in the start of their journey they took a number of different paths, but that this was counterproductive. Take their advice and develop your ideas slowly. When you start a new piece of abstract art limit yourself to just changing one thing about it from the work that you did before. You will notice that your progress is likely much quicker by making small changes rather than radical ones.

3) Learn from the Experts

The more that you learn about the subject of abstract art, the easier you will find it to create your own paintings. There are so many ways that you can find abstract art. The internet is your ultimate resource but there is nothing like experiencing great abstract art face to face. There is no substitute for getting out of the house and experiencing other people’s abstract art work in a gallery.

It is also an excellent idea to find a teacher. They will be able to guide you in learning new techniques and will help you to find your own style. It is also helpful if you are in a group setting as you can take inspiration from others.

4) Start Small

Many abstract art works are on a very large scale. However, this is not the best way to start your abstract painting journey. You will make many mistakes along the way and it is much better to practice your craft by starting small. You will learn a great deal from your early experiments. Many artists will say that they benefited greatly by starting with a small canvas and building up from there. Some would say that you should start by just using the same size of canvas for each of your early pieces.

5) Music Can Inspire You

Music is a great way to create different emotions. The way that you are feeling when you create an abstract painting. It is interesting to experiment with listening to different genres of music when you are painting. Listening to opera may produce a very different result than listening to rock music. Make notes of how you feel that the music influenced how you were feeling and how this impacted your abstract art creation.

Abstract Art Tips, Techniques and Ideas

Are you ready to progress in the exciting world of abstract art and are looking for some inspiration? Here are some abstract art tips, techniques and ideas to get your creative ideas flowing!

Create a Special Display Area

We contacted a high-end fence company here in New Jersey to create a custom-welded display area for my art.  It is much more unique than simply hanging pieces on the wall and, since the design of the area is my own, it accentuates the art.  You don’t need to go all out, but think about the environment in which your pieces will be displayed.

Get Creative with your Materials

Abstract art can be anything that you want it to be, and that means that you can experiment with any materials that you want to use. A lot of abstract art work is created using acrylic paint on canvas. Use this opportunity to think outside the box – something you certainly have to do with all abstract painting. Do not be constrained to conventional media.

Explore Pinterest

You will never be short of ideas and inspiration if you use Pinterest. This social media platform is an artist’s paradise! It is very easy to use The basic idea is that you create online pictures boards. You can search the internet and find pictures and articles that you like. You then ‘pin’ them to boards which you have created. You can use this to keep a convenient online record of things which you like and may use in the future to inspire you to create abstract art. Spend some time looking at other “pinners” boards and you will find so much inspiration it may be difficult to know where to start. Beware. Pinterest can become rather addictive!

Create an Ideas Book

You will find inspiration for abstract art everywhere around you. The beauty of abstract art is that it has no constraints of subject or idea. This is both freeing and intimidating. With so much inspiration how can you decide where to start? It can be a good idea to collect pictures and materials which inspire you. It is very easy to create a visual diary and take photographs and write notes about things which you have seen which could be used in your vision of what you want to create.

If you see an object that interests, you take a photo of it. You may also find it helpful to write notes about how you felt at the time that you saw it. Often we think we will remember things, but it is all too easy to forget how we felt in that moment

Listen to Music

Abstract art is largely an unconscious process. You may sometimes find it difficult to free your mind enough to release your creativity. One thing which may help to give you inspiration is to listen to music when you start the creative process. Music can evoke powerful emotions. Try choosing very different types of music to inspire you.

It may surprise you as to how much your work will change according to the genre of music you are listening to. It is likely that Bach will produce a different result to The Beatles and that Tchaikovsky will inspire a different result than Adele. Experiment with different music and moods to see how this affects the finished work of abstract art – you may be surprised with the different results.

How to Start Abstract Painting

You may be very excited to explore and start your experience with abstract art painting, but find that you have no idea where to start. There are so many possibilities that you are not sure where to begin. One of the main attractions of abstract painting is that it gives so much freedom, but sometimes this freedom can be overwhelming. The multitude of choices which you face in where to begin should not be allowed to hold you back.

Start at the very beginning and start small. You may want to create that huge work of abstract art immediately, but you would be better served by exercising some restraint in terms of scale. Many find it helpful to limit themselves to small projects at first. This has the advantage of both being an economical way to start and it lets you explore your ideas before you start on that he works of art.

You may find it most helpful to start your exploration of abstract painting by taking your inspiration from real objects. Even though abstract art is by definition, a painting of something which is not an exact representation of the object, the easiest way to start is by creating an abstract interpretation of a real object. Take photographs of things which inspire you or collect items from nature. Then start to think about how you want to interpret that real object to create abstract art.

Once you have chosen your subject, study it from all sides. Think about how you can change the reality into the abstract. Abstract art is very much about the departure from rules and putting your own interpretation on what you see and feel. Try to clear your mind of preconceptions at the start of the process.

You may want to listen to music to inspire you. One interesting experiement is to listen to different genres of music and see how this affects your work. Will your interpretation of those roses be different if you are listening to Bach? See how it changes if you change your mood with music which means something very significant to you. Music can evoke powerful emotions and you may well see that com through in your abstract painting.

Some artists find it helpful to make a very quick sketch of the subject with their initial feelings about how it should be represented. This starts a process which you can develop by making as many sketches and paintings as you want. You should see this is an exciting process in which you will being to evolve as an abstract artist.

Be careful to take small steps. You may feel encouraged by your first expereinces painting abstract art and then be tempted to try something completely different. Many artists feel that they achieved more by changing less. Instead of taking a radically different path for each new work you may benefit more by making fewer changes as you progress. It can be helpful to decide that you will change just one concept and technique for each subsequent piece of art that you create.