How to create abstract art?

You would probably catch yourself asking, “How can I produce an abstract art image?” So, how to do it?

But before we move on to answer that question, I need to ask you first some question:

Why? Or why do you want to produce an abstract painting?

Here are some answers you should read and then decide which, if any, loosely fit your reason for wanting to do it:

  1. No reason at all. I just really want to.
  2. I think it is easy to do and I find it nice for something to go with the décor in my room.
  3. It would be a great investment!
  4. I feel like I am obliged to do it.
  5. I have visions, dreams, day dreams, thoughts, I also hear voices and something is telling me that these should be brought into the material world.
  6. This could serve as my therapy. An opportunity to release my aggression, enhance my self confidence and visualizing my inner confusion.
  7. I want to express myself in my own way.

Choose one answer from above and take a look at it in more detail

  1. This is the answer of an anarchist. This is also a very valid reason for wanting to work abstractly. You already have inside of you an angry boiling cauldron as well as the potential to produce truly opposing and dramatically random works. However, this requires Brut strength of will and the blinding power of determination that will work for you.
  2. This is one of the most usual mistaken ideas. Unlike what other thinks, it is not easy to create an abstract art painting but it is very much easy to create a mess that will then lead to your frustration, depression and bitterness. And because of this, you will be a far better position to produce something like a true abstract work.
  3. The fact is, there are millions of people producing the most amazing art works but none of them are rich, famous or even earning money at all. I will always stand by my belief that what I paint is not about money because it can never be. Try again!
  4. This is an interesting answer. This could drive you to a series of worker attitude. It can be dangerous yet compelling. Success is your destiny but success will have no meaning or interest for you and will not help you. However the force will take you deep into darkness (not scary one but mysterious indeed) where you will find more questions.
  5. This is the answer of a surrealist. Making abstract paintings would not be too hard for you, as long as you relax a little. Never allow the explicitness of sights blind you to the potential and more appropriate imagery of the subjects joining of confidences.
  6. This is the answer of a purist abstract producer. His inner tensions, incomprehensible fears, and binding mental flashes all add to a truly ground-breaking palette.
  7. You are a fearless explorer! That is what you should expect yourself but you had better step carefully. Are you also ready to hear other people telling you how much they hate your work? So much that they want to destroy it? If that’s the case, are you still willing to continue?

So, how do you find it? Still want to continue and produce that masterpiece? If yes, these are the practical things you should do.

Get a sketchbook. Make sure you make at least one mark of some kind on one page each day. Visit an abstract art gallery (you can also visit them on line) and with you sketchbook, make any observations or scribbles. If you are a little bit hesitant about markings, try these useful exercises:

  • Get a sheet of paper (A4 size) and a pencil.
  • Find a watch, clock or timer with a second hand.
  • Set the timer for 15 seconds; place the paper and the pencil on a table. Juts make sure that there’s nothing else on the table except for your paper, pencil and timer.
  • And of course, have a sit ready to sit on.

Look for any object near you and place it upon the table. It could be anything such as a mobile phone or a magazine. Without any thinking, put it onto the table, sit down and set the timer. Take a look at the object for five seconds but do not try to draw it. Take in consideration the shape, texture, space, highlights, lowlights, tone, tints especially the outline of the object. After five seconds, start drawing. You have ten seconds to try capturing hat you have just seen.

Face the fact that you’re not going to produce a masterpiece, so do not force yourself! All I want is for you to try. I want you to simply capture the dynamics of what you see. That’s it!

I recommend for you to do it six times. Each time you do, try to slow down and draw a purposeful line without any hesitant scratches. Why draw twenty little marks when you can try to do one big line!

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