Abstract Art

First, I guess we should probably break down what abstract art is. Simplistically, abstract art is any creation that doesn’t mimic reality.

When you look at abstract art, it can be confusing at first because you’re not always admiring a tree or a person or an animal; you’re admiring how colors play off each other, how the paint moves across the canvas, and how shapes lines up with one another.

There are abstract artists who move the paint into familiar shape. Sometimes you can pick out a park, or a horse, or a circus elephant. Sometimes, though, the art is just a series of intersecting lines and circles.

The meaning of the art is personal and up to your interpretation. Abstract art requires an audience to be complete.

The ultimate mission of abstract art is to serve as a visual expression of the artist’s emotions and to evoke a response in the viewer. The magic of abstract art is its chameleon ability to give a different experience to everyone who looks at it.

Oil painting is a stand-by for classical and modern artists alike. Its sheen, richness, and elegance make it a top-tier choice in the medium department. When it comes to abstract paintings, however, it might be time to pull out the newcomers to the paint scene: acrylic.

Around only since the 1930s, acrylic paint as an advantage other paints don’t: it dries really, really fast! Oil painting isn’t something you should count out for future paintings, but to start it’s best to work with something that dries quickly so that you can’t question the decisions you’re making. It forces you to commit to your art, which is helpful when learning to go with the flow and create from your soul.

Now that you know what paint you’re using, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to paint on. Abstract art lends itself to a plethora of different painting surfaces, especially when you’re using acrylic paint. Many famous abstract artists – Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Leonid Afremov – do their painting on canvas.

Painting on canvas allows your art is speak for itself. You’re not trying to tie in the shape of a piece of wood or found object: the two dimensional surface gives your colors and shapes the spotlight. When you’re more comfortable using art as an outlet  you can incorporate other “canvases.” Some abstract artists even create their paintings on people’s skin!