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nolan

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on: July 11, 2010, 12:15:40 AM
Most people complain that they cannot paint abstract paintings because they have trouble visualising what it should look like.

There are however some ways to help you do just that:

1) Think Laterally, eg., HAPPY = Carnival = Jugglers = Crowd = Cheering
2) Use close-ups & Textures
3) Use Metaphors, eg., POWER = Strong water currents = Polititians = Lightning
4) Use colours to describe emotions (Click to see the Emotions Colour Wheel)
5) Morph (Blend) objects together
6) Use Repetition & simplify regular objects
7) Changes colours to unusual ones
8) Push, Pull & Twist usual objects to form new ones
9) Use creative techniques like soap on water to create abstract patterns
10) Use creative painting techniques like splatter & throwing paint onto canvas.

Here are some abstract pictures, try and figure out how they where conceptualised, then click on them to find out (images open in new window).


« Last Edit: October 07, 2010, 09:11:38 PM by nolan »


bottleman

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Reply #1 on: November 10, 2010, 06:07:04 AM
The more a work leans towards abstraction, the more what is left moves to the foreground.  For example, a colour field painter only has two things left: colour, and the actual paint.

Another fun way to try an abstract is to choose a couple of things about painting you really like, such as colour and curved lines, and do an entire work using just those.


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Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 07:46:30 AM
great suggestion, tx Bottleman O0