Ways to help you enhance your knowledge in painting

Tip#1: Using the world around you to compose abstract art is a good idea. More often than not, it is hard for us to come up with good shapes and compositions just I the blink of the eye. So I suggest you make yourself a viewfinder from a piece of firm white paper or mat board. With the use of this piece, look at your surroundings.

Tip#2: For me, there’s two ways of starting to create an abstract art painting. I prefer to call the first one, the design way and it’s a way often given in demos of how to paint an abstract. In this you take an existing image, like for example a photo or another painting, and either by cutting it up and reconstructing or blowing up a part of it to compose an abstract design, which after then you’ll paint in different colors to the original.

Finding something that will inspire you like listening to music, setting up a still life, or even working from a photo is the second way. While doing so, paint how your brain will reacts to the inspiration. You can just let it flow and paint everything that comes into your mind, or give it a lot of thought and plan the abstract painting either in your mind or in a paper. Your abstract art painting will reflect your feelings and emotions caused by your source of inspiration.

It helps to work big and not be mean with the paint. To use other materials like much bigger brushes, sponges, pointed instruments or like Pollock, use paint direct form the tube. Of course, you still have to apply your knowledge in mixing paint, opacity, and some basics of composition.

I think, using photo as your basis is the hardest and helps to use the photo upside down, or you will have a propensity to still paint a non abstract image. You can use collage or calligraphy. It is all up to you. The end result would be true abstract art paintings that reflect your thoughts and response to your inspirations.

Though it is not really easy, do not forget that all the masters of abstract paintings started with a conventional art training. Don’t ever try to copy on of your favorite abstract painters, use their techniques like Pollock’s dripping, or Mondrian or Ben Nicholson’s carefully worked out geometric paintings, or else you would end with a pale copy of their style and not actually your own work.

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