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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Abstract Art

Abstract is an art composition that expresses a certain degree of independence by an artist. It creates an illusion of visible reality. Its representation can be slight, partial or complete; depending, of course, on the artist. In abstract painting, an artist do not have to show recognizable subjects as they appear in the real world. Colors and shapes are used to depict emotions.

Understanding and appreciating this type of art is quite difficult for many people. Indeed, it often gives you a vague idea of what you are actually seeing in an art work.

In general, there are two types of abstract paintings.
  • Objects that have been abstracted from nature. The subject may not look realistic but representation is close enough to give you an idea of what you are looking at.
  •  Objects that do not reflect any form of conventional reality. You see shapes, colors, lines, patterns , and so on. Meaning, nothing is recognizable.

To truly appeciate a work of art, one must look at it with not just a single isolated creation but with its context. Every painting is done within a particular environment.  Thus, the one reason why it is important to learn something about the life and culture of a painter to truly appreciate what the artist has to offer. Of course, the quality of painting depends also on the skill of the artist.

Potential Subjects For An Abstract Painting

There are a lot of inspiration that is potential for an abstract painting. However, you must change the way you look at the world around you.  See the big picture beyond the details and focus on the shapes and patterns instead rather than on the actual objects.

As a starting point for creating an abstract painting, it is always easier to use something real and develop it from there. It is much easier this way than creating an idea from nothing.

You can start painting from a photo and focus on the shapes and patterns of the subject. Simplify down the elements and try to alternate the colors. You need not paint the whole photo but focus yourself on a small part and enrich it with lines and colors.

Here are some abstract art works of famous painters:

The Ladies of Avignon by Pablo Picasso   

Still Life with a Ginger Jar and Eggplants by Paul Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoria by Paul Cezanne

Self Portrait by Van Gogh

These paintings of famous people were all rendered in Abstract and were opposed to actual depiction. The overall composition were clearly representational and the own expression of each artist. You can also do this by focusing and playing on colors, shapes, patterns; depending on the theme of your painting or how you would want to express yourself.

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