View Full Version : Hi. Giving abstract a try....

03-17-2018, 03:34 PM
Hi everyone! :wave:
I have been a lurker.
I usually do realistic style work. But trying abstract. I have found it much more challenging than it looks. But also freeing and challenging in a new way of painting which helps to loosen me up. I won’t look at abstract art again and necessarily think anyone can do it. It sure is easy to make mud!:)
“Putting Out Feelers”. Acrylic. 48” x 24”
Since I was exploring abstract painting I looked for synonyms for the word ”explore”.This phrase was listed. I liked it as it looks like there are tendrils in my painting exploring...:cat:

03-17-2018, 04:05 PM
Welcome to the forum. I hope that you enjoy it here. There is a varied range of styles here in the Ab/Con forum, so plenty of inspiration. It looks like you are already well on the way to creating great abstracts.

I too took the same route, started out doing realistic work and moved to abstract about 10 years ago. Just play and have fun.

03-17-2018, 06:50 PM
your discipline shows through, there's assured order in your strokes.
this could be an abstraction of a sheet of music.
i like it!

03-17-2018, 09:14 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas and to this forum. Your abstract is bold and quite beautiful! Wow! Hope to see more!

03-17-2018, 09:16 PM
Wow, I think you did great here. Great color balance, structure and motion. Varied shapes, depth, layers, complexity. Excellent. I like it a lot.

03-17-2018, 10:16 PM
Wow, I think you did great here. Great color balance, structure and motion. Varied shapes, depth, layers, complexity. Excellent. I like it a lot.

Just so.

03-17-2018, 10:55 PM
Welcome. Hope you thoroughly enjoy the exploration!

03-18-2018, 03:17 AM
Vibrant! Exciting to look at!

Katie Black
03-18-2018, 11:34 AM
Hello, It looks like your off to a nice start, with the wonderful vibrant colour you have going on in this one.

03-18-2018, 02:19 PM
A bright fun piece, welcome, you've already got the hang of it, looking forward to more

03-18-2018, 03:05 PM
I like this! The colours are striking!

03-18-2018, 03:07 PM
yes. what they all said.

cheerful and fun.

03-18-2018, 04:46 PM
great job, love the work!

03-18-2018, 07:43 PM
Welcome DreamSketcher! You have made an impressive introduction with your work. Great composition and bold color. I like the way you use curves and straight lines along with reds and blues together. Opposites and opposites.....works well.

03-18-2018, 09:33 PM
Thank you all for your kind words, observations and welcome. :) It is so encouraging. It’s great getting your feedback.
I used acrylic airbrush medium for glazing at times, and thinning paint. I found it a wonderful help. I don’t use a lot of water at all.
I have high flow acrylics I have used on my realistic acrylic work. But did not use it here.
I am staring at a 36” x48” canvas now contemplating which direction I will take with it. Lots of ideas. Amazing how this has got me going where at times I got bogged down in my other work. I believe alternating between types is actually helping me. Techniques, decision making, and motivation. And interestingly, the melding of the two...I feel if I keep going I may find a voice for myself.

03-19-2018, 07:52 AM
Welcome to the wonderful world of abstraction. You're off to a great start I hope you have fun and create satisfying work.

03-19-2018, 11:19 AM
Welcome and I like this one and look forward to seeing more work.

04-08-2018, 04:14 AM

04-08-2018, 10:52 AM
This is a nice bold piece. Reminds me of looking out of a whole lot of interesting windows. And welcome to the forum.
Interesting what you said about alternating between realism and abstraction. I tend to do that also. I agree that abstract is more difficult, but then maybe it depends on the personality and experience of the artist.