Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wall of Inspiration: Abstract Painting

"Abstract painting does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world, even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process". Beth Gersh-Nesic Art History Expert

In a continuation of my Wall of Inspiration adventure I decided to explore abstract painting. it wasn't easy. Not because I didn't know what to paint, that was easy. I found myself letting go and just having fun on a canvas, trying new tools and techniques with acrylic paints.

The hard thing was resisting the urge to add text. I know I could have done that. After all there are no rules to this kind of painting but the traditional abstract is suppose to be without anything real, so I wanted to stick with that. But for someone like me, an art journal enthusiast, not using words was difficult.

The only materials I used on the canvas were acrylic paint and a little bandage. A cheesecloth could also do the trick. I used that to add a little texture. Oil paints would have been great to use here especially for texture, but I don't have any. Oil paints are more difficult to clean, you need different brushes and I just don't want to start with that.

I used different kind of brushes and a credit card to create different effects with the paint on the canvas. It was really fun to just paint without thinking or planning ahead. If you want to see the entire process check out the step by step video.

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  1. The colors and textures are so LOVELY!

  2. Thanks Einat you've given me the inspiration to do an abstract canvas myself. I really love the colors in yours and I got the same impression you did as to what I saw. To me it looked like a far off coastline or city with the colors reflecting in water. Also there is a company called Catalyst that makes all different kinds of tools like the ones you have from Martha Stewart. They even have some that fit in the palm of your hand and have different edges that make similar but larger marks in your paintings. I used them with my Gelli plate and it's so much fun, you're right about that! lol