The truth is there is no "golden rule" approach to
learning how to paint abstract art.
In order to
properly learn how to paint abstract art... you first
must begin to appreciate that a lot of what you are trying
to produce on the canvas is governed by the nature of
your own technique, intention and of course...your
by Carl (CAKUart)
Acrylic on Canvas - 121.8 x 91.4cm
plays an important role also. A big role.
But the REAL goal
towards developing your ability to paint abstract art is to work
hard at discovering your own "voice" on the
Your Own Abstract Art Technique
One of the challenges
institutionalised schooled artists have after completing
their art degree is breaking away from what they have been
taught in order to discover their own style and voice in
I hope you can appreciate that in many
respects abstract art as with most forms of art is somewhat
of a personal journey.
a framework of ideas and procedure
principals that may help you find your own style
Theme You Are Passionate About
What are your interests, hobbies or
regular activities you participate in?
Do you ride horses? Do you love to
cook? Are you car crazy? Are you a passionate gardener? Play
an instrument and love music? Love the country life?
You are more likely to really
get your passion across onto the canvas if you incorporate
the things you love into your work. You'll also be more enthusiastic
utilising a much loved theme into your paintings.
If you love cooking and gardening, then
perhaps your abstract art painting could be an amazing
agapanthus growing out of a soup pot positioned on a park
You are only limited to your
imagination so imagine big!
you can imagine is real"
You Don't Really Need a Subject Matter
When It Comes To Learning How To Paint Abstract Art
Hot Night Of Passion"
by Carl (CAKUart)
Acrylic on Canvas - 121.8 x 91.4cm
The great thing about learning how to
paint abstract art is that you don't necessarily require any
form of subject matter.
You may be more comfortable with
manipulating colours and textures. Some of the greatest
abstract art that I have seen has been produced in this
Hot tip: Get passionate about
what you are trying to portray in your work -- this will
absolute wonders for your productivity. Don't be too concerned about technique to
begin with, it will develop. But make sure you have that
Know Where To Start?
Perhaps Consider Your Doodle Art!
Are you one of those doodlers on the
telephone do you scribble a whole lot of abstract lines,
shades and figures with your pen on the paper while chatting
on the phone?
Now before you have a giggle at my
expense, why not consider trying to paint your doodling
It could well be a great place to
start. After all, you already have a rough sketch to work
with so now just try to enlarge it on a painting
canvas, add your colour and texture -- and vavooom -- you
now have a great abstract wall painting.
You may just come up with something
Use a Comfortable
Painting Canvas Size
I do agree that bigger the better can
be great for abstract
expressionism art and really help to enhance your artistic freedom.
consider developing your own paintbrush, palette knife or
"finger" techniques before you decide to "go
large" as there will be more expenditure in terms of
It can be costly particularly if you
produce something you are not entirely happy with (ouch!) and
that does happen on occasions when you are just starting to
learn how to paint abstract art.
You'll inevitably use more paint with a
large canvas and the cost of canvas gets more expensive
as you go up in size.
Your Blueprint Sketch
Get a few rough sketches down on
Rework them until you are happy with your
can be a very useful guide without being too regimented.
Some artists would argue that having a
blueprint sketch to work from jeopardises the "artistic value" in the
However, it is interesting to note that
Picasso in some instances actually spent more time on his
preparation work than he did on his painting -- Hmmm,
something worth considering you might agree.
I am a believer in having something to
work with even if it is a real rough guide.
blueprint to work from allows you to focus better and
eliminates guesswork in terms of using the canvas space. I
like to use my canvas space well and having a rough sketch
blueprint really helps.
remember that your blueprint sketch doesn't have to be a detailed drawing.
It can just be a simple guide sketch to help you map out
your painting on the canvas.
You Can Do It
Learning how to paint abstract art is
probably one of the only opportunities where lying,
deceiving and manipulating is a prerequisite (wink).
you can never really learn how to abstract paint. It is just
something you do. In other words there is no destination -- no
finish line -- you will always be learning and discovering as
can comprehend what I have said and enjoy what you produce then
will achieve great things with your art.
are still intimidated about making a start then I have a great
quote for you that was passed down to me from one of my great mentors
that I would love to share with you:
"You don't have to get it right, you just have to get
So learn to trust yourself,
incorporate your self belief and most
importantly learn how to paint abstract art and have fun!