I’ve got a pet peeve about abstracts! Abstracts are not just a feeling or paint thrown on a canvas. Some of you may disagree with me, but I’ve gotta tell you what I believe. Are there rules? Of course there are!
If you have been reading my blog, you know that I am a believer in the foundations of good painting and abstracts are no exception. I very seldom have painted abstracts, but I do love a good one and own a couple. An abstract or any painting for that matter, to be successful has the same rules for composition as a realistic painting. To lead a viewer into a painting, you still need the same tools.
- Contrast and values
- Color, saturated and unsaturated
- Edges, soft, hard and in between
- Shapes, variety in sizes and shapes
- Detail vs looseness (it’s all relative)
- Activity, active vs passive
- Paint application, variety
All of these concepts can be applied to abstracts. All artists study the same concepts whether you are an abstract painter, realistic painter or a sculptor.
My next post will be on Friday when I post my first painting for Project 125. I’ll be talking/blogging to you from Yosemite. See you then.
BTW, the featured painting is a small section of one my paintings. I’ve had fun cropping and looking at the brushstrokes.