Art of Abstract Painting
Hello you there and welcome to my first blog 🙂
The other day, as I was going through my paintings, I started thinking about the whole artistic process behind it. As I can only speak from my own experience this may not correspond to the practice of abstract painting of other painters. But never mind that. Every artist has his own way and style so lets explore…
Before I decide to paint, I usually have some kind of image in my head that I want to put on paper. Sometimes it’s pretty clear, sometimes it’s a blurry concept. So as I prepare my painting tools – canvas or paper, brushes, paint palette, cotton cloth and plastic floor cover (the floor in my house is very light so I don’t want to have another abstract painting on the ground lol), I find myself in a state of blank mind. I know it sounds weird but let me explain… It’s like being completely present and having logic and critical thinking thrown out of the window. The closest term that I can come up with right now is intuitive painting.
As the first color hits the canvas or paper and the brush spreads it out, the painting adventure has basically begun. Whatever “clear” idea of the painting I had before vanishes and never comes back haha. This is a completely new and unthought of before image. And that’s the beauty of abstract painting. You don’t have to plan for it, you don’t have to follow any rules, you don’t have to stress about it – whether you will manage to get it right, nothing of that sort! Often I even let my fingers and brush handle to join the painting show. In fact, I especially love to paint with my fingers – it feels so much more personal! Then you can really feel the painting!
In my opinion, the art of abstract painting lies in letting go of the control – most of us are control freaks in one area or the other lol. Here I’m speaking about the control of ideas. The end result of absolutely all my abstract paintings is nothing like imagined them to be before I started painting!!! Not even one! And I guess that’s the beauty of it – abstract painting not only takes the viewer on the adventure of its own imagination but also does the same for the artist himself/herself. Win win for everyone haha!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this read and maybe even got inspired to try out abstract painting yourself. 😉
Wishing you happy and fun creations!!
Peace & blessings,