We all have been there...
We love the look of abstract art, but can't achieve the look we're after. One of the most popular questions I hear from artists is ‘how can I make a painting more abstract?’ For so many of us, the idea of "good art was synonymous with realistic art". As many of us who have explored "abstract painting" have come to realize,
the creating of effective abstract art is a lot harder than it might first appear!
Creating artwork that is more abstract involves the process of simplification, which is to say that "less is more" if you will, this process of creating is a dance between intuitive choices and conscious decisions that brings your painting to life.
1. Adding and Removing... Many artists work this way – adding and removing repeatedly throughout a painting. This is not just about removing/ erasing . It is a dance between taking off paint , and coming back in with a new layer. I have found that baby wipes is an excellent tool when thinking out or removing acrylic paint. This works effectively on both canvas and paper. You will notice that the taking off of the paint will leave an interesting residue which you can then add an additional layer to.
2. Use larger tools to help let go of the need to control..
In theprocess of creating more realistic art we often strive for control and perfection. This need for control and perfection can create difficulties for us as we move more towards expressive, abstract art. There are a number of non traditional tools that will help in this process of change; items like old credit cards ( make great Fine lines) squeegees, large brushes found in hardware stores, putty knives ( to help push and pull the paint) bracers and rollers, spatulas ( great rubber ones from the kitchen/ cake baking section of the store) and any other number of things that move you away from the smaller brushes that pull you in the direction of control and perfection.
Be sure and check back on Friday for more tips on how to Make Your Painting More Abstract.
Sanna Fine Art
SANNA Fine Art