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Abstract Painting Techniques and tips

Leah Spencer

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Abstract painting may look as though the artist did not have any idea before painting but this is so far from truth. Abstract painting is very difficult than scenery or landscape as there is none to copy and there is nothing that is painted prior to the very second, the artist took up palette knife or brush.

# Buying a ready canvas from a store will come in handy. Canvas can be of any size, but the preferred size is either 12x12 or 10x10 when it is for experimenting or learning purpose. The canvas can be used as it is bought, but if there is preference for the background to have some color, a gesso can be bought for priming the board and to give it color. The canvas will dry quickly when gesso is used for acrylics. Another alternative is to use gesso for priming masonite or any available flat board, if the work needs a larger board or for money saving purpose.

# Deciding on whether to use oil paint or acrylics is the next step. Acrylics are easy to be worked on and does not have any odour. Another characteristic of acrylic is that they dry very fast and if mistake is done, rectification can be done by easily over painting. Oil paint on the other hand does not dry quickly and cannot be painted on again and they have an odour.

# The painting should be started by thinking of a scene or an object. Just thinking about the actual drawing is not enough, the thought should be dwelled upon. For example when looking at a vase the thought should not be about how to sketch it , it should be about how it would appear. Imagination and feelings is what should be created when the painting is done. Abstract painting is all about interpreting and not about simply drawing.

# Composition principles of an object should be studied and based on any of those composition principles, the painting should be created and not on any specific subject. This way, there is a very high chance of creating an excellent abstract painting.

# The brush should be allowed to take the painting with only one color. When the thought process comes to a stop, then the painting should also be stopped. Then another color can be added, shaded or made lighter or heavier in any part. What is seen can be improved and what is thought can be added.

# A shade of yellow can be blended with red to get various variances of orange. Some areas in the painting will be lighter and some heavier according to the strokes of the brush.

# One important thing to remember is, when it is felt that the work is over then the painting need to be stopped. Never ever should go back again to make any touching or improvement. Always it is necessary to remember that the painting should never be overworked, but should be finished the moment when it is felt that the painting is over.

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