During the past few weeks I have been attempting some abstract painting. The idea of creating abstract paintings had been on my mind for a while, but I found it to be intimidating. Where do I start? What would I make? I find painting objects or animals much easier. After all I have a image or shape in my mind when I paint those things. For an abstract painting I have no idea what I’m going to paint and that seemed intimidating in itself.
For my first painting I selected various shades of blue. Blue is my favorite color so I thought it might be easy to make something appealing out of that color.
I used a small 10” x 10” canvas for my first attempt and was quite pleased with the result. I first painted horizontal stripes with various shades of blue. I let that paint dry and then began layering with horizontal and vertical strokes. I also added some white to the painting to add depth. I was quite pleased with the end result!
For this painting I used various shades of pink along with white and gold. I decided to use only vertical brush strokes. I used the same technique of painting stripes letting them dry and then going back and adding in more stripes. The second layer I moved my brush quickly as I wanted everything to blend together. I love the soothing feel of this painting.
I repeated the technique above from my blue painting for a larger 16”x20” blue gray and white painting. This time I worked in small segments or patches to achieve the desired look.
And I used this technique again for a nuetral color painting using white, black, gray and gold paint.
I again applied this technique to my most recent painting of the Pittsburgh skyline. I used Pittsburgh colors, black, white and yellow to achieve the effect.
I have really enjoyed attempting these abstract painting. They have given me a lot of freedom while going through the creative process. I’m looking forward to doing more abstract paintings in the future and trying out new techniques.