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Anders Frantsen
11-08-2019, 12:36 PM
Hello abstract painters ,
First time poster, hope its the right place to post this.

how do you go about improving/not plateauing in your abstract drawings and paintings?
What kind of deliberate practice do you do?

Curious to hear your input :)

11-08-2019, 02:20 PM
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11-08-2019, 09:19 PM
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11-08-2019, 09:24 PM
I personally spend a lot of time reading, looking at everything possible, going to museums & galleries, then coming home & experimenting. What happens when I do this, what happens with that. Classes also helped a great deal.

There is no quick easy answer. You just practice until you like what happens. I suggest you visit & read the Color Theory Forum, too.

11-09-2019, 12:20 PM
Welcome, Anders, I'm looking forward to seeing your works :)

abs, the endless choices ... splattery, streaky, runny, colorful, or not - there are Almost no rules!
sometimes i just close my eyes and scribble with a brush, see what happens.
sometimes i dribble wet paint until it tells me what it wants to be.
sometimes i actually have a plan.
most times i have a story, and there's way too many of those to list.

Show us what you've got so far!


12-17-2019, 09:14 AM
Study your own personal art works from the past to date...and open your mind as to "what is art" (look at some modern art or instilations from Damien hirst round spinny thing to the empty gallery instillation with lights going on and off that sort of thing)not forcing an opinion on you about either of these things just in that it serves to break down previous boundaries of what you thought you "can and cannot" do and what is or is not "good" art it will give you more freedom and dissolve boundaries allowing you to move forward and beyond and not stagnate apply this open minded ness to your own work. By this I mean look at your past work and question yourself..observe what ingredients are in your paintings ie example have you used only a few colors ie this is called working with a limited pallete or drawn the hand of a figure larger emphasising that it is coming forward in space etc these things all have technical terms the list is endless...see with your eyes what you have done whether it conscious or not..find out what it is and understand it. Think and recal works of art that had a big impact on you or are on your mind for one reason or another..find out what it is about these works you like or find interesting and find reading literature on that thing and learn about it you may find it is an aspect something you wish to add to/incorporate into your own work. This way you are being led by your own inspiration you are trusting yourself and your own development your own authenticity a natural progression not just following step by step rules but being inspired and progressing in your work..if that makes any sense.The abstract world does seem like a jungle at first but you have to find your own way through it :)hope that makes sense..it's like writers block sometimes with art we can become almost paralysed sometimes our brush held retardedly against that oh so intimidating canvas lol