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Monday, November 9, 2009

Educating Yourself with the Concept of Original Acrylic Abstract Paintings and their Quality and Importance.

Now that you have the time and the inclination, you want to add some deeper meaning to your life.  You’ve always enjoyed original abstract art paintings, so why not make some of your own?  The nice people at the art supply store ask pertinent questions and offer to outfit you with the right equipment and ever-ready advice.  You’ll think it over, you say, and go home.
As you consider their words, the idea jells in your mind: you’ll study abstract art!  Representational art may be all well and good for the full-time student who wants to pursue it, you say, but your taste runs to abstract art.  You think that acrylic paints are the perfect medium for a traditional canvas painting, and your heart is set on your course.  But as in many arenas in the modern world of the 21st century, you turn to the internet and discover that not only are there numerous art websites, but that some of them carry tutorials and instructional videos to help the new aficionado of the genre.  Well, that’s just what you were looking for.  After visiting the library for a solid, actual book on painting, just to say that you’ve pursued all outlets, you decide to watch and learn.  A beginner’s art video starts you on your way; it actually shows someone painting and talking a viewer through the steps.  The right light to work in, the correct method of using acrylic paints and even a hint or two about working in plain air are all on the website.  What a good beginning you have in the field of making art!
Now some time passes.  You are no longer a rank beginner, you’ve painted something you are proud of, after a while of earnest practice.  You look over the websites and see that you need to further your education.  Would an evening class at the local community college be in order?  It means stepping out in faith that your basic skills are in place for this venture.  You reflect, and say ‘yes’ to the notion.  Community college art classes are fun and the instructor teaches you to reach your goals.  She is realistic, you are realistic, and by the time the class concludes, you have another piece to hang in your home or even your office at work.  It hasn’t been easy, but it has been rewarding.
At the moment, your plans to travel to various museums mus.t be put on hold, but why stop with your abstract art education now?  There are museums with virtual tours, such as the Louvre in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  Their collections inspire you to go on with your painting.  It is such a fulfilling part of your life that you thrill at each museum visit.  In fact, any exposure to art leaves you giddy.  You can’t believe that you have come so far!  You revisit those beginning websites and are amazed at yourself and what you have learned.  As you thumb through the small art library of books that you actually own, the reality of it all strikes home:  you know quite a lot about art.  You can call yourself an artist.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Understanding Figurines Art in Modern Abstract Art World.

Figurines are small pieces of sculpture that don’t require an entire room to do them justice.  A whatnot will hold one exquisite bone china figurine or an entire collection, painted and glazed just so to reach a lifelike appearance.  Perhaps an early childhood memory stirs when you have your own figurine collection, because you remember your family’s shelves filled with small fragile shapes that you ‘couldn’t touch!’  At that time of your development, you could see the bright colors of a clown figurine and naturally wanted to finger his scintillating costume.  Now that you’re older, you appreciate the delicacy of a figurine’s craftsmanship and can be trusted to ‘touch’ and hold your own bits of glazed or forged wonders as you savor your own collection.
When your artistic taste developed, you discovered that china was not the only medium for figurine art.  There were patinas to be enjoyed on brass pieces and hand-carved wooden statuettes, along with other shapes, figurative or abstract.  The one thing that they all have in common is their small scale, representative of the subject in a miniature form.  Figurines claim our imagination almost in the way of dolls or stuffed animals, tinier forms of humans or creatures that we can place in a tableau whichever way we like.  We can make them off-center on the knickknack shelf, we can perch them on its edge, we can shift their scales from extremely miniature to a hand’s span all the way up to a fairly large one-foot dimension.  The one thing that we cannot do is ignore them when they are in a room, because of their eye-catching quality.  We feel the need to arrange them according to scale, or color, or theme.  It wouldn’t do to have a languorous reclining nymph next to the clown statuette.  We discover our own sense of order when we arrange figurines.
If you want to truly add to your knowledge of figurines, you will want to learn about different sorts of clays and firing techniques, similar to acquiring the techniques of throwing a clay pot and preparing it for the kiln.  This knowledge can add to your enjoyment of your collection, nearly as much as learning about the famous styling houses for figurines, such as Royal Doulton, Lladro and Hummel.  Each season, the designers for figurines bring forth their offerings of poses and characters, worked in bone china or porcelain or bisque. 
How the figurine has its color decoration applied translates to a more refined knowledge of the crafting of these delicate little pieces of art.  For instance, cobalt and copper may be applied under the glaze on a figurine, or enamels used once the glazing is complete.  Celadon ware contains an iron in its glaze to give it its distinctive look.  And if you desire the elegant look of porcelain, know that porcelain is fired at a higher degree than earthenware to make the body of the piece non-porous.  Firing also imputes a greater sheen to the finished piece, as vitrification occurs at the high temperature and the outer glaze turns to a glassy shine.  When you consider the fine craftsmanship which goes into turning out an exquisite figurine, you will treasure your collection even more.  It shows off your personality like nothing else does.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Expressing Yourself Through Expressionism Modern Original Abstract Art Paintings

To ‘express’ is to coax the last drop out of a container, to relish something to the final moment, and so it is with expressionism in painting.  Expressionism Modern Abstract Art Paintings presents the artist’s utterly subjective perspective of a subject, distorted through the filter of the artist’s emotional state at the time of the creation of the artwork.  How vividly the artist does this is a benchmark of the artist’s talent, because the object of expressionism is to mute the physical reality of the subject and show more clearly than anyone could think possible the meaning of ‘being alive.’  Such a visceral style cannot be confined to any one creative medium, and the expressionism movement eventually encompassed drama and film from its beginning in poetry and painting.  Expressionism is a natural progression from the mindset of post-World War I Germany’s defeated people, as they struggled with reparations and colossal unemployment and inflation.  How better to scream at fate than in the arts?  And a scream is the ultimate self-expression of anguish over your life circumstances.  Edvard Munch’s painting of The Scream was prior to the flowering of this art movement in the Germany of the 1920’s, yet his work may be said to have inspired a great deal of what came later to be known as expressionism.
The twentieth century is the home of expressionism, yet the movement of abstract expressionism did not end with the 1920’s.  As a reaction to impressionism and its emphasis on light subject matter rather than religious or mythological themes, expressionism seeks to provide as much emotional angst as possible.  The techniques used are many:  distorted views of a subject, as if life is being observed through a warped lens, distressing subject matter such as rape, pillage and murder, and the discarding of perspective.
Intense emotion is the common ground of expressionism, and what better time to foster such intensity than a time of social upheaval?  Wars, financial distresses and international hotspots all place heavy emphasis on the emotions of chaos.  Expressionism withdraws its worldview into the security of the individual’s soul, where even if the worldview is filled with chaotic happenings, at least only the individual sees them and has no input from outside and confusing sources such as his fellow human beings.  Expressionism places subjective feelings above the objective reality of the external world.  Such emotionalism may be considered more apt to portray the deeper and darker aspects of the human soul, as light and happy subjects seem more a propos to impressionism.
Going darker for subject matter will add a serious drama to your choice of painting and you will want to consider just the perfect place for it.  How about in a quiet study where contemplation is the order of the day?  Abstract expressionism will enable your piece’s viewer to leave his or her objective surroundings behind, as they feel themselves drawn into the mindset of the artist at his easel.  It is a profound experience to lose yourself in a painting.

Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

Original modern and contemporary abstract art video lessons by Peter Dranitsin. All videos are copyright protected.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Contemporary Advice and Tips for Decorating Your Home or Office with Original Abstract Art Paintings.

You’ve read it all, from how to decorate with color to how to make those sconces look just so in your dining area.  You’re overwhelmed, as a matter of fact.  Now that you understand how to pull furniture away from the walls and use area rugs, how about turning to the fascinating world of art?  In fact, your choice of art may come first, rather than last, because you have the option of using the easiest decorating tool, paint, to accessorize your collection of artwork, not the other way around.  Analyze your favorite abstract painting’s colors: will the oranges in it fit in well with a stark arrangement of the painting on a white wall, or will the oranges look better with a complementary shade of chocolate brown or fuchsia as a background?  If you desire to paint only one wall with this stylish color, and then expand its use as you see how you like it in your personal space, you’ll have used color like a true interior designer.
Now to move onto the question of light.  No doubt about it, more ambient light in a room is a good thing as its volume can be controlled easily with draperies and window shades.  Optimize the light by ensuring that it flatters your artwork and does not hit it directly.  This will preserve your artwork by limiting its exposure to ultraviolet rays.  A room bathed in light, but with a canvas full of art illuminated indirectly by its rays, will make this room the one that you want to stay in forever.  If you wish to bring light to a dark corner, how better than to hang mirrors or use mirror tiles?  If you are working on decorating a small room as a special challenge, mirrors can be placed to either side of your artwork to enhance its appearance.  If a sconce is placed inside a mirrored area, the effect is truly magical, as the entire wall seems to belong to a palatial estate.  Such are the wondrous effects of managing the proper access of light into your home.
You’re certain about the placement of art on your walls.  You’re ready to tackle the rest of the room.  With art already in place, that’s easy to do.  Considering the color scheme is a time-honored way of decorating, so you pull out a color or two from your artwork and duplicate it in small items such as throw pillows.  Save neutral tones for your rugs and large sofas.  To get back to the subject of light, how about updating those tired lamps?  A lamp can jazz up a sofa or chair in addition to bringing light to an area for use in study or working on crafts.
The finishing touches are perhaps the most fun.  Are you a collector of figurines?  Pull out your favorite collectibles.  A display area with the proper lighting will show off your personality as few things do.  Group related objects, varying the shapes and using small sets of three or five figurines together.  If you are the proud owner of a truly large collection, vary them weekly and indulge your decorating flair.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

SCI FI ART in Contemporary Original Abstract Paintigns

Most likely, sci fi art is one of your first childhood memories.  Even if you didn’t understand the plot of the Star Wars films, your young mind was still enthralled by the visuals of the space travels and fantastic cityscapes of faraway planets.  As you grew and read stories on your own, sci fi art took up a large part of your imagination as you visualized the scenes that the words in your sci fi books fired within you.  Even upon adulthood and the resulting change in intellect, the fanciful nature of sci fi art took hold in your cultural appreciation of this worldwide popular genre.  Or perhaps you even tried drawing it on your own!  Rocketships and aliens, swirling nebulae and fantastic special effects came to life on your drawing pad and if you were lucky, your talent flowered and you even began to use more sophisticated media than a pencil and a ragged legal pad to create the scenes in your mind’s eye.  Many an artist has begun in this fashion.
With the emphasis on the space program in the latter half of the twentieth century, sci fi art has captivated a large part of the public’s imagination.  Depictions of the moon, our most visible and time-honored subject of sci fi art, became imbued with aliens as our fancies suggested that a planet was far too uninteresting unless it held life.  Upon landing upon the moon and discovering that no aliens were there, but that it did hold icy-sharp mountainscapes in its airless surface, sci fi art forged ahead in painting such faraway objects.  The works of Bonestell and Rudaux furthered the realm of sci fi art when they showed vistas of the rings of Saturn and monumental rock formations on moons that existed only in the imagination.  These artists had very little to go on for their work except research by the cutting edge of scientific theory.  It is to their credit that their work possesses the verisimilitude of reality in such a difficult-to-portray genre.
Phenomena such as airglow and the outer reaches of the sun’s corona may be difficult for a photographer to capture on film, but the able artist sees the object and translates his artistic vision into a painting that inspires the workaday world of the public to look upwards and wonder.  Studios formerly in the realm of scientific speculation have taken physical shape in the studio of zero-gravity artist’s Frank Pietronigro as he made his art in a flying studio where he drew, created ‘drift paintings’ and crafted microgravity mobiles.  If any field in art is wide-open to innovation, sci fi art can make that claim.
If you purchase a piece of sci fi contemporary original abstract art painting, you will be able to fly away from the everyday world from your office or home while still earthbound.  Your imaginative painting is almost the epitome of abstract painting, as form and color come to vivid life in the picture of your choosing, a high-flying canvas that you adore.




Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

Original modern and contemporary abstract art video lessons by Peter Dranitsin. All videos are copyright protected.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Acrylic Abstract Modern Paintings in Dune Art

If you live in a desert, then you know all about dunes.  They drift across the roadway, they drift into your front yard, they drift through your front door.  But if your experience with dunes is only through vacations at the beach or the oases of the Sahara through your grand African tour, you may not know about the dynamic patterns of light and shadow that they form through their drifts.  You may not have seen the desert dunes at moonrise, silvered in the soft rays, or lit up like the Fourth of July in the sunrise’s bright colors.  Sand dunes are a symphony of movement and even sound when the wind shifts the top ridge and the curve reforms to another, fascinatingly different curve.
Dune art seeks to capture that synchronicity, that point in time where the dune is at rest long enough for the artist to paint it.  Like all moving objects, this is difficult to capture.  The artist may rely on moving pictures of the dune, but the best option is to actually travel to a dune and spend the day observing.  When the dune is baking under the sun or being teased into luminosity by a full moon, then the inspiration strikes and the artist has found his perfect subject.  Back to the easel he goes, working quickly so the scene in his mind’s eye is captured in its entirety.  The result is dune art and the place for dune art is in the personal space of someone who truly appreciates it for what it is, a static portrayal of an almost living thing.
Where would you like to start with your collection of dune acrylic abstract art paintings?  The seaside?  Then the subject could be a purely stark sand dune, highlighted against a stormy sky or a calm blue one.  The dune may have other elements, at your whim.  A sprig of dune grass, waving in the offshore breeze, or a half-covered piece of weathered timber, tossed up by a careless wave from a recent stormy upheaval at sea.  Dunes come alive with the addition of people enjoying them, tramping awkwardly in their flipflops through the sand on their way to a day on the beach.  Dune buggies, loud and adventurous, fly up the side of one dune and down the other, spraying sand wildly.  Seagulls hover above a sand dune, hunting for that elusive scrap of leftover picnic goodies.  All of these depictions of dunes are relevant and important to the mood that you want your display to embody.
But what if you desire the inland heat of the desert dune?  Then you are in luck, because artists have been fascinated by the dunes of the Sahara and other deserts for ages.  In our modern 21st century travel, it takes merely hours to visit the farflung dunes of a desert, from the Gobi to the sere solitude of Chile’s Atacama.  Or you can do it the easy way, visiting websites with photos or even galleries of dune paintings that enable you to select the perfect piece for your home or office.  Once installed, dune art takes on the pleasant job of just being itself, illustrating through art the glory of the ever-changing dune.



Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

Original modern and contemporary abstract art video lessons by Peter Dranitsin. All videos are copyright protected.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Firing Your Motivation with Acrylic Fire Abstract Art Painting Theme.

Even if fire is defined as ‘combustion,’ our attraction to it cannot be so easily delineated.  Practically speaking, fire warms us, it cooks our food, it provides protection against the wilderness and its beasts waiting in the dark to devour us.  Beyond practicality is where the mystery lies, as fire dances and flares and leaps and grows and shrinks at last to glowing embers.  Why do we stare at it, entranced?  Why do we contain it in fireplaces in our homes when central heating provides better protection from winter’s chill?  Because when we admire fire, we admire its mutability, the changeableness that combustion brings to each split second of our vision: blue, purple, yellow, orange, red, all flicker across our retinas and we simply cannot stop absorbing all the spectra from a crackling fire.  Fire art allows us to control an uncontrollable essence, as much as is possible.
 All artists desire to affect people, beginning with themselves and radiating outwards to the general public.  As such desires lead to action, the artist who works with fire abstract art directly, physically affects his audience, in that fire warms us and lights our path even as it consumes its fuel.  Fire seems to be as alive as we are, moving and striving upwards to shed our light upon our immediate environment.  When we think of fire art, first and most famous of any fire art exhibitions is the Burning Man public festival, held in the Nevadan desert over Labor Day Weekend.  From its origins as a simple burning log in the midst of one of the most populous cities in California, fire art may be seen as a reminder of our dependence on fire’s energy to change our environment from completely natural to natural with man-made enhancements.  Observing as well as making fire art can be a humbling experience.
Even as fire is alive, it is dangerous.  Harkening back to childhood’s warnings of “Be careful, it’s hot!”, we as observers and adults pride ourselves on our knowledge of fire.  We don’t move too close, we appreciate fire’s true nature without desiring to be branded with its flame.  We do not desire a scar from a fire, we desire only to use fire as self-expression, as rebellion, as a community effort to define that which makes us civilized and to mark our sometimes uncivilized thoughts.
Modern fire art of the sort that stands upon a safe platform and online art generally forms from a framework is practiced with many different fuels.  Propane is the most common, the gas escaping from the tank shaped by different plumbing fixtures, pressures and nozzles and thus resulting in different flame shapes.  Refining the method even further, controlling how the propane mixes with the oxygen in our air can make a different effect upon the piece.  Adding colorants such as chlorine in powdered form to the flames is even more specialized and needs further safety measures, as colorants may be dangerous to both the artist and audience when breathed in.  These methods emphasize the danger in using fire, its beauty as well as its allure.  We all want to play with fire to some degree, and a fire artist has conquered the means to do so.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Avoiding Monotone Visual Perception In Abstract Art Paintings.

To avoid a monotone visual perception in abstract art painting I would reccomend to make sure that in your painting you create a subject or space that will draw the focal of the human eye. For instance in the painting down below called "On the Surface of the Sun" the background is composed of the same colors that I used to create the middle folcal point. However I made sure that the depth and the bright yellow sun flames are highlighted in order to create this focal point in this abstract art painting.

Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

Original modern and contemporary abstract art video lessons by Peter Dranitsin. All videos are copyright protected.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lets Talk about Choosing the Right Colors for Abstract Art Paintings and Making Sure They Go Good Together.

As you probably already have experienced it is not as easy as it sounds when it comes of choosing the right colors for your abstract art paintings. Some colors repel when combined together in one painting. However when those repelling colors combined with another neutral color the balance will prevent the repelling effect. For instance when you create an abstract painting using colors such as blue, red and yellow the end result will look offal at the end. However, when you use same blue and red but instead of yellow choose to add orange, orange will act as a neutral color that will create this balance you are looking for.




Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

Original modern and contemporary abstract art video lessons by Peter Dranitsin. All videos are copyright protected.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Understanding the Conceptual Abstract Art and what it consist of.

What defines something as being artistic? Can something be discarded and noted as non-artistic? It is best described by a quote from Joseph Kossuth in an essay from 1969 entitled "Art after Philosophy", which stated "All art (after Duchamp) is conceptual (in nature) because art only exists conceptually."
At it's peak in the 1960's and 1970's, Conceptual Abstract Art Paintings exploded as did the number of artists making their name known for their artistic abilities. As more and more artists came about so did more different and notably "strange" pieces of art. In 1965 there was a talked about piece of Conceptual art created by John Latham created an exhibit entitled "Still and Chew". It consisted of students sitting and chewing various pages of textbooks and dissolving them in acid.
Many Conceptual Artist's work is not easily understood without some degree of explanation. In 1964 Yoko Ono released a Conceptual piece in the form of a book of instructions entitled "Grapefruit"; it was widely distributed by Simon and Schuster in 1971, and in 2000. It is said that within this book there are many listens that resemble a Zen like description of instructions. This expert from Grapefruit shows just that, "Hide and seek Piece: Hide until everybody goes home. Hide until everybody forgets about you. Hide until everybody dies."
Additionally, a very well know early piece of Conceptual art is that of Marcel Duchamp entitled "Fountain". The piece was "created" in 1917 and has been noted to have changed the face of art as it was known. In brief, "Fountain" was a urinal. He stated that it was art he created since he had gave it a name, put it in a different context, and caused the person viewing it to have a new thought of the item. Initially "Fountain" left a bad taste in ones mouth, but that soon changed. It became glorified, and in 2004 Duchamp's Fountain was voted, by 500 British art world professionals, to be the most influential piece of art in the 20th century. That's pretty impressive for a potty!
A sub-category of Conceptual Art is Found Art, or Readymade as it is more commonly known. Basically this involves using an object that is not typically referred to as art, but the artist may modify it. Basically Readymade can be used to describe any item that has a function that it not art related. Like a chair, table, window pane, etc. In order for an item to be considered Found art the final piece must have the Artist's input, or at the very least, a thought or idea about the item noted in form of a title. If an artist decides to modify an item in the name of Conceptual art they cannot modify it past the point of recognition. Modification of Conceptual art can be split into three categories:
- Modified Found Object
- Interpreted Found Object
- Adapted Found Object
Let's not forget another medium and another form of Conceptual art is Concept photography. This creates a photo in which the photographer has a goal to elicit an emotion from the viewer of the photo. Ultimately, the photographer wants the admirer to feel as if they are in the image rather than just an admirer of it. Conceptual Art, art based on ideas, is based off the idea of society needing to focus more on the ideas behind the art rather than the actual item itself. This is an amazing way to create conversation in the home, office, or other place where the piece can be viewed.
Peter Dranitsin is a self taught and self representing artist. He grew up in the family where his mother a professional artist and his father a professional photographer. "As a kid growing up I did took art classes and learned the basic concepts of drawing, painting and sculpture.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to Achieve an Amazing Effects in Acrylic Abstract Art Paintings

The best thing in working with Acrylic Paints when creating an abstract paintings is the ability of being able to create a variety of different acrylic painting effects such as the one you see on this painting down below. In my abstract art video presentations I share with you many of the simple ways you can create different acrylic effects. I also share with you the different tools and methods I personally use in creating my oriignal abstract paintings. The industry today has created multiple different approaches to help you with this task. Such an approach is the availability of acrylic painting mediums such as light moldeing paste, glass bids, flow guide, retardents, and many other acrylic mediums.

Here is the list of different providers of acrylic mediums:

 Chroma Acrylics and Mediums  Da Vinci Fluid Acrylics and Sets  Daler-Rowney Acrylics and Sets  Derivan Student Fluorescent Black Light Acrylics  Dr. Ph. Martin's Acrylics and Craft Paints  Envirotex Lite Acrylic Coating  GOLDEN Acrylics and Mediums  Grumbacher Acrylics and Mediums  Jerry's Gesso Primers  Lascaux Acrylics and Mediums  Liquitex Acrylics and Mediums  LUKAS CRYL Acrylics  Marie's Acrylic Colour Set  Matisse Derivan Acrylics and Mediums  Modern Options Metallic Surfacers and Patina Solutions  Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylics and Mediums  Prima Economy Acrylic Gesso  Sennelier Extra-Fine Artist Acrylic and Mediums  SoHo Urban Artist Acrylic Colors  Susan Scheewe Acrylics and Accessories  Talens Amsterdam Expert Acrylics and Mediums  Turner Acryl Gouache and Mediums  Winsor & Newton Acrylics and Mediums  Wyland Ecological Acrylics, Mediums and Accessories

I personally prefer to use the following:

 Liquitex Acrylic Effects Mediums  Liquitex Acrylic Finishing Varnishes  Liquitex Acrylic Fluid Mediums  Liquitex Acrylic Gel Mediums  Liquitex Acrylic Mediums Set  Liquitex Acrylic Surface Prep Mediums  Liquitex Acrylic Textured Gel Mediums  Liquitex BASICS Acrylics and Mediums  Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics and Sets  Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics and Sets  Liquitex Super Heavy Body Acrylics


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Where to Sell and Promote Your Original Abstract Art Paintings

Many selfrepresenting artist always searching for places where they can sell their original abstract art paintings. Besides going to the art festivals, shows, and exhibitions which cost alot of money, time and effort. Another good alternative is the internet. I personally found that having just your website is not enough to establish a good platform to sell your artworks. I would definitely reccomend to try to sell through eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist to start with. It is esential to have some kind of a website and it is also important to make sure you do the right thing to promote your abstract art online gallery online by investing in Search Engine Optimization and other methods of letting people around the World know that your art exists.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Choosing Theme and Subject for Modern Abstract Art Original Acrylic Painting

I personally find it more practicle to stick to one theme or subject per painting session. For example one day I paint only cityscape abstract paintings, another day I paint seascape paintings, another day I focus on floral, outerspace, seasonal, landscapes and so on and so forth. I reccomend to practice painting smaller scale paintings multiple times before moving to a large canvas painting. This way your hands will be already buffed with the correct techniue and it will eliminate unessesary errors in your creation process.




Monday, August 24, 2009

Striking Colors of Sunset in Modern Abstract Paintings by Original Art Gallery of Peter Dranitsin

Do not be afraid of adding light to your modern abstract paintings to capture viewers attention. You will create a unique abstract perspective when you utilize a contrast in colors. In this instance black vs red, black vs yellow. An eye catching technique is the one that captures viewers immediate attention. When you look at your artwork your eys always searching for something to grab on to. With that being said after you paint a background try to add somekind of an object or shape and add striking bright colors coming from the center of the painting.


Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

Original modern and contemporary abstract art video lessons by Peter Dranitsin. All videos are copyright protected.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Creating Visual Abstract Illusion of Depth and Space in Modern Abstract Art Paintings

In order to create a visual abstract illusion of depth and space in modern abstract art paintings it is necessary to understand the shading effect. I reccomend to those who are searching for an effective way to create depth in their abstract paintings to spend some time observing any object in its real surroundings and noticing how different shades create the sence of depth. The shade itself has different tones. Some shades are worm, which means they contain more worm colors such as red, yellow, orange. And some shades are cold, which means they contain colors such as blue, purple, green. It is necessary to understand this concept for you to be able to create an abstract visual illusion of depth.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Understanding Modernism Abstract Art Paintings and Contemporary Painting Style

Modernism in art contemporary paintings takes on a very broad area, but in general modernism is considered to deal with the implications of industrialization on mankind’s soul.  If we think of the advances of the 19th century, railroads and the telegraph, the recording of sound and the transmittal of sound through the telephone, this era spills over into the 20th century with the advances in flight and even flight away from our home planet to other orbs in space.  How could this be compared to the struggle for mere existence that folks endured from time immemorial up until 1969, when man walked upon our moon?  Art, ever reflective of real life, mimics the stresses and strains, joys and still moments of the artist’s own life, in whatever era he lives in, so it comes as no surprise that modernism in the 21st century displays the world of the mostly-urban, mostly-civilized man.  Rural scenes still exist, of course, but they are portrayed in vastly different styles than in previous ages.
When we think of modern art, who springs to mind but Picasso, he of the jarring perspective and bright colors, shaking up the art world as he did in the early 20th century and throughout his long life?  Not even impressionism charged the art world so and made it ready to expand its consciousness to consider new approaches.  If we think of modernism’s focus upon introspection, then what artists see inside themselves must be unique, because each individual is unique.  It is the artist’s responsibility to himself and to society to bring this out in such a way as to communicate his own uniqueness.  How he does this varies from abstract expressionism to cubism to Dadaism to performance art, installation art and even self-art, for instance body piercing and tattooing. 
The rejection of traditional art practices alone does not make up modernism; the political spectrum must be considered as well.  For example, Dadaism evolved in neutral Switzerland about the period of the First World War, with its nationalism and colonial entanglements breeding war and confusing the populace about the exact causes of why they were at war.  Dadaism called itself anti-war, anti-intellectualism and anti-bourgeois; in fact, it was pro-chaos, and in perhaps an ironic way, since the birth of the movement began during wartime and did not last long after hostilities ceased.  The proponents of the movement moved on to other pursuits in life after they had had their say.  Dadaism may be said to have executed its purpose and then quit, a purely intellectual genre of modernism that must have proved gratifying to those who aspire to modernism’s emphasis on speed.
By focusing on the ‘new’, modernism by necessity rejects the old and even seems to despise it, as the concepts of modernism preclude formality and the old ways of painting, with brush and canvas and studio sittings.  By using impressionism’s  open air techniques, everything is out in the open for all to see the process as the piece is being made.  Nothing hidden, nothing subtle, everything open, seems to be the modus operandi.  Yet modernism possibly forgets that today’s modern man will be obsolete in a few years or so and will look back on this day and laugh at his perceptions and conceits; it is one of the drawbacks of modern thought that seeks to be always new and exciting.


Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Find the Soul of the Original Abstract Painting and Learn to Appreciate It

Why should one own an original painting?  To leave a legacy, to support the artistic movement, to show off one’s own good taste?  The reasons are as varied as the clients of a successful artist.  What one client wants will not be what another wants, yet the end result is the same: a fine piece of art to grace the home or office.  A print is a separate type of endeavor; the printmaker’s craft isnot to be disparaged, but for the time-honored look of original art with original brushstrokes, original abstract paintings cannot be outdone.  They speak of the tradition of artistic effort, honed to a career through art schooling or even through diligent self-instruction.  What the art does that the print does not is stand alone as a unique piece.  No painting is ‘number three hundred twelve of five thousand.’  That is reason enough to search for and purchase an original abstract art painting.
Now that you have decided to select an original art work, you’re thinking goes like this:  What genre should I pursue?  Should it be representational art, or should it be abstract art, the sort that is most likely to match my individualistic taste?  After some thought, you decide upon original abstract paintings.  And when you review your decision, the rightness of it all rings true in your mind.  After congratulating yourself on your perspicacity, you move on your decision.  An artist whose work inspires you, whose taste you trust, whose techniques are beyond reproach, yes, now you’ve found him!  You visit his gallery, whether in person or online.  You are impressed and see exactly what you want!  But wait.  It’s been sold.  Oh.  You hesitantly ask if there is another in the same general range of color and subject.  There is!  And it is even better than any other choice because it can be mailed or sent with you that very day.  Mentally, you are already walking through the door of your home or office with the parcel under your arm, ready to break it out of its package and display it.  The day couldn’t get any better, could it?
It could!  You discover that the artist does commissions.  After thinking things over, you take the plunge and decide to commission another painting to make a set with the one you’ve selected.  This new painting will resemble the first one that got away, but it will be unique in that your instructions to the artist will change the result to a slightly different color scheme and size of the canvas.  There, now your new set of two paintings are only one week away from being fulfilled.  You go home and rearrange furniture and your previous artwork, clearing space for your original pair of paintings.  The week crawls by at first, then before you know it, it is time for your commissioned work to join your first painting. 
The day has come.  Your perfect pair of paintings hangs upon the expanse of wall that you’ve chosen, the track lighting is securely hung to light it properly, and the guests have arrived to share your joy.  The wait was worth it.  And you are already thinking ahead to the holidays and beyond, dreaming.  But first, you savor this perfect day and the addition of beauty to your home.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Listen to the Music of Musical Modern and Original Abstract Art Paintings.

Every musical instrument have the soul of their own. As a cultured person, you enjoy all the arts: the dance, music and graphic art.  So why not combine two or three of these into a piece of music art?  If your particular love is opera, a portrait of a diva or even of a spear-holder in the chorus contributing to the genre will bring back memories of entertaining and enthralling nights at the opera.  You could commission a new piece or have a framed poster from an especially memorable night; either would satisfy the urge to decorate with what art is meaningful to you.  The dance offers a rare combination of the arts, the backgrounds being a graphic representation of the challenges of painting a backdrop, while the music provides a venue for the dancer’s interpretation of the piece.  An abstract painting of a ballet would fulfill any classical enthusiast’s dream.
Moving along to the popular end of the musical scale, jazz offers a dimension of music that is wild and freeform, a perfect theme for an abstract piece of music art.  Do you hear jazz and think of a blaze of color with pear-shaped sounds?  Then a canvas covered with a Jackson Pollock-inspired technique would display your interests as well as an ability to reach out of the norm of painting and into the realm of the sublime.  Jazz also has a fantastic and fully-realized history, and a portrait of the great Louis Armstrong as he blows his trumpet for the ages could stand in your home to remind you of the truly great performers of jazz.  Likewise, Billie Holiday with her trademark flower in her hair would make you think of the all-reaching influence of jazz, from its homeland here in the United States to the reaches of Europe and beyond.  Jazz is an American art form of which we can be proud.
You’re into rock music, all the way from the classic Beatles and Rolling Stones to the latest from Lady Gaga.  Posters from their concerts offer a way to freeze their performances in a certain era, the span of time from their careers that is most meaningful to you.  If you enjoy the early Beatles, then a painting based on the famous arrival scene at their first American concert would be a perfect idea for a work of art.  And should your tastes run toward their later works, a simple White Album-based piece could make a statement for irony or even parody, consisting of a completely white framed canvas.  (Of course, you’ll need a title plate for it, to avoid confusion and focus attention on your cleverness!)  Music art offers endless ways to decorate and infuse your home with charm.  You may even choose to offer themes for each room, say a ballet theme for the master bedroom, an elegant framed display of opera titles with their type altered to an entirely new font for the living room and a jazzy painting in the kitchen, serenading you as you eat your morning eggs, toast and coffee.  Indeed, the entire kitchen could resemble a coffeehouse, just the look that you want, because it is at a coffeehouse that the cognoscenti stop at after a performance of the ballet, opera or downtown jazz concert.  Your home will exude your artistic sensibilities if you include music abstract art paintings in your décor.














Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sharing Your Creative Abstract Art Paintings with the World and creating Best Artwork Collection

It is about time that I have finally decided to share my abstract art paintings and create the best artwork presentations and collection of artwork ideas. Canvas is ever-challenging, a blank space to fill with one’s artistic vision. The abstract artist may be formally trained, he may have tackled the challenge of self-training or he may be someplace in between, but he approaches the canvas the same way each time: What can I do with the question, “What is abstract art on canvas”? Can I make a worthwhile piece to show and then sell, to display or give to a friend? The size of the canvas has a great deal to do with the impact of the piece and of course, its final destination, whether to grace a great room in someone’s home or a small hallway leading off to the refuge of the bedroom. Canvas forgives an artist’s insecurity of purpose and offers itself anew each time.
What is abstract art on canvas, you ask? First of all, abstract art uses form and color in a more highly subjective manner than the old-school traditional representational art and so you may find that abstract art reaches your mind on a subtler level than seeing a formal landscape, for instance. Your senses will be engaged, your mind, to a certain degree at the original viewing, disengaged, as you perceive the emotional impact of the shapes and colors that are taken from nature, but not part of it. The outline of a lily may be a simple isosceles triangle, or a series of triangles if the leaves also are shown, and you will read the title of the piece and see the symbolism inherent in the art without needing to see stamens and pistils and delicate traceries of the veins in leaves. It will simply say, “Lily,” to you.
There is a range in abstract art and the lily may be abstract on the canvas and its background not, or the person bending over to enjoy the lily’s fragrance may be slightly surreal in the artist’s focus on the person’s nose, for example. The artistic vision emphasizes, de-emphasizes, enlarges and shrinks each element in the painting and we appreciate this as we step back from the painting to observe the whole placement, the wall forming a negative space and the incoming light from a transom giving the whole area the look of a formal gallery. Abstract art is perhaps the least formal of the art genres and the ways to display it are many, but the traditional notion of hanging a canvas on a vertical plane remains the same. It is only the small details of lighting and placement that make each painting unique.
Should you frame the canvas? There are many answers to this question. Many think that the general informal mood of abstract art should preclude framing and the piece should simply stand out as an extrusion of the wall behind it, a sort of shadow box effect. You be the judge, because it is your home or office, after all. You certainly want to protect your artwork, and a glazed frame will accomplish that admirably. Whatever you decide, the art is yours to enjoy and display, brag about and quietly contemplate. Or shout about, if it is a particularly lively piece!








Thursday, July 16, 2009

Swimming Through a Seascape Abstract Art Paintings and enjoying Underwater Sunshine

The curl of the incoming wave, the hiss of foam on sand, the retreating water that pauses, only to come back again to the beach, all these things lead us to consider seascape paintings as an addition to our home or office.  What could be more soothing than a day at the beach, redolent of relaxed times and happy family outings?  When you choose a seascape, your mood may range to a sunny beach, yes, or it may soar to a stormy scene, filled with tension and excitement as the sea roils and rolls, its waves never still for a moment.  If you choose these sorts of scenes, think hard about where it would suit the setting that the painting winds up in.  Do you want it for your dining area?  Not likely.  Your bedroom?  Perhaps.  The wall next to the sliding glass doors overlooking the backyard or, if your circumstances permit, the view of the actual ocean or lake?  Yes, that would enable you to visualize the varying moods of a body of water, acted upon by the moon and the tides.  It may even inspire you to become a sailor yourself, gliding upon the waves and showing off your nautical skills!
Seascape paintings by their very nature use the hues of blue and green, the cooler end of the color spectrum.  For instance, blue and green soothe our moods into calmer states and for this reason, you may choose to hang an abstract seascape in your living room, where the conversation may become heated if the subject is politics or current events.  Think of the influence that a painting from nature can have upon hot tempers and heated words; a seascape is just the thing to ensure that debates do not get out of hand.  The same reasoning applies to an office setting, for which businessperson has not had the experience of a customer complaining about a perceived lack of good service?  Such a painting in the complaint department or office lobby will be most welcome to the secretary or clerk whose duty it is to handle such recalcitrant customers.  They will thank you for it in private.
Now that you’ve decided upon a seascape, do you want a daytime scene or a nighttime scene?  A nighttime scene will most likely have the moon involved, dancing silver crescents upon the waves as they roll endlessly towards a faraway beach.  Stars’ effects upon water include sparkles and a sense of navigation, in that the earlier mariners without GPS had only the stars and an astrolabe to navigate their ships.  You may even gain a sense of history as you gaze upon the dark wild waves and think of the bravery of our ancestors as they set out in small craft upon the boundless deep.
A daytime scene evokes all the happy escapes to the tidepools, the chatter of your friends, the inevitable sand between the toes and on the floor of the car as you reminisce about oceanside gatherings.  Gazing upon a seascape that is bright with the noon sun or glazed with clouds to present a darker mood will reinforce the rightness of your decision to purchase a seascape for your décor.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Discover the Beauty and Extraordinary Secrecy of a Modern Abstract Art Paintings

The term ‘abstract’ seems so very modern, yet its history goes back to the earlier parts of the 20th century.  When we say ‘modern’, we mean the leaning away from representational painting and didactic paintings that occurred with the impressionists and surged onto other movements, such as Dadaism.  So let us see what ‘modern’ is and how it applies to modern abstract paintings.
How up to the minute are you?  Are you part of the wired generation, those people who are on Twitter and Facebook, those folks who Google themselves every ten minutes to see what the rest of the world is saying about them?  Do you ever take a break?  If you do, then you most likely think of  ‘modern’ happenings occurring no later than the past ten years or so.  If you are willing to stretch your mind just a bit more, you will feel comfortable with this statement:  For reasons of simplicity, let us consider the ‘modern’ art movement as it existed no more than fifty years ago.  ‘Late modern,’ a few people call it, or even ‘post-modern.’  By 1960, abstract expressionism had broken off from the avant-garde and even become a little formal itself, as the means of creating modern abstract paintings became well-known.  Pollock’s abstract expressionist methods, for instance, of using very large canvases and spontaneously hurling or dripping paint onto them, moved into the realm of the familiar.  Modern art is distinguished from traditional figurative painting by numerous factors: the willingness to experiment with different paints and other materials, the rejection of naturalistic color, clearly visible brushstrokes, and requiring the viewer to work harder at interpreting the art, because of the subject matter rarely hewing to the easily discerned objects such as a hill or a flower.
The first item in our list, the willingness to experiment with different paints and other materials, fits in nicely with modern abstract paintings, mainly because of the rise of acrylic paints.  Drying quickly, produced and sold more cheaply than oil paints and requiring minimal cleanup, acrylic paints are the mainstay of the modern artist.  Even the artist who switches to oils at a later stage of his work may begin with acrylic paint, or he may choose acrylics for the length of his career.  Many factors may play into this, among them the relative lack of odor of acrylics when compared to oil paints.  The second criterion, the rejection of natural color, may be related to the modern sensibility of spontaneous rejection of any true-to-life subject matter in favor of dreamy or fantastic subjects.  For instance, on another planet, who could know if the trees there produced violet leaves and flowers that produced sparks?  There is a great deal of freedom in modern art, and the visible brushstrokes speak of honesty and a relationship with the viewer that is much more informal than in the past.  The viewer is expected to come to the showing of a piece with a certain amount of foreknowledge.  Modern abstract paintings reach the audience that they were intended for, a group of people who boldly bring their own interpretations to the gallery.  They do not expect anything other than a fully-realized relationship with the artist and a thorough understanding of his work.  Modern abstract artists accept the challenge.






Hi everyone, my name is Peter Dranitsin. I am a self representing artist from Cleveland Ohio. I grew up in a family where my mother is a professional artist and my father is a professional photographer. I have been painting professionally since 2006 and this is all I do. In my abstract art video lesson tutorials I will demonstrate different modern techniques that I personally use myself when creating abstract paintings, as well as variety of different tools you will need to create an amazing, eye catching acrylic abstract paintings. I truly hope that you will enjoy watching!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Love Original Modern Abstract Art Paintings by Peter Dranitsin


Ah, love.  Where would we be without it?  It ennobles the simplest lives and when you want to find a unique piece of art that embodies this sentiment, you will not go wrong with abstract art, because the sheer generosity of love can be best expressed in the wide expanses of shape and color that abstract love art does best.  Red, of course, in the shape of a heart, means love, but how about the tinkering that the artist can do with the iconic heart shape.  A warp of the shape and love becomes unstable, a mutable thing that changes with each day’s encounter with the loved one.  A realistic touch, you might say, because love isn’t a solid thing to touch but an emotion to feel, and how often do our emotions stay steady throughout the course of a day?  In regards to mood and color, a pink heart shows a more tender emotion than the fiery red, in that pink is delicate and reminiscent of springtime with its tentative flowerings and the growth of new plants.  If we continue the use of color as metaphor, then a gold heart symbolizes the love that is tried-and-true, the one that has lasted in value just as does gold.  All these symbols for love show up dramatically in an abstract treatment of the subject.
But moving on to the particular object of our love, a portrait done by an abstract artist from a photograph or from an actual sitting could bring joy to a room.  Personal portraits can be done in closeup, a family type studio setting, or even in plain air, using the great outdoors as a backdrop.  The abstract element of love art would be in the artist’s choice of what to emphasize – will it be the glossy hair of the beloved, the grace of a certain well-loved posture, the ghost of a smile?  The elements of a natural background can be used by a canny artist, as well.  Perhaps the mist of a distant waterfall is echoed in the coronet of baby’s breath flowers in a bride’s coiffure.  There is no end to what the artist’s eye can pick up and use as a theme.  So it seems that whether an individual portrait is the aim, or a family portrait, or the portrayal of a beloved pet, the abstract artist will find just the right touch to imbue his work with his personal stamp, a stamp that his commissioner will agree with.
The placement of a piece of love art need not be problematical.  The bedroom is the obvious choice for a piece depicting one’s love, and the individual portrait or the more generalized picture of the ideal of love will enhance one’s bedroom to maximum effect if the painting is placed out of range of ultraviolet rays streaming in from a window, which could damage the finished work over time.  A painting needs to be softly lit and on a wall where it dominates the flat surface.  Sconces containing lighting features are a fascinating way to light a painting, but track lighting will do just as well.  More and more, the use of love art will seem to you to be the ultimate expression of the love of your life.

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Making every part of your painting worth looking at

If your aim is to provide a painting with focal point, you must also make sure that the rest of the piece is worth exploring. You can create subtlety with layers, partially obscured shapes, and lines. Add small, perhaps paler, shapes that echo the dominant shape. If the focal point is heavily textured, have other areas lesser texture that are nevertheless interesting. Experiment with neutrals which have undertone of color.

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Spring Pastel

Spring is a time of rebirth, with cool, fresh days becoming increasingly warm. new growth consists of bright fresh, acidic greens and yellows, which tend to cunter event overcast days. Pastel is ideal for this type of landscape work, because the colors are bright and kept fresh by direct marks, and by minimal mixing and layering. The cool, green pastel support is sympathetic to the subject, and lends an underlying color harmony to the work.

Combination Palette: Light Naples yellow, mid lemon yellow, lemon yellow, light black green, viridian, emerald green, light leaf green, mid leaf green, cobalt green, dark raw sienna, blue-gray, blue gray green, mid purple blue, light madder violet, cobalt blue, white.

Hue

Hue is simply another name for color. Red, yellow, and orange are all hues. Lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, and gamboge, all being yellow, are close in hue to each other.

Tint

A tint is a color that is mixed with white or, as is the case with watercolor, lightened by adding increasing amounts of water. The tinted range of any one color can run from the pure color at its maximum intensity through to white.

Shade

A shade describes a hue or color that has been darkened by mixing in a dark color like black or a second color, usually its complementary. This should not alter the color drastically, only darken, it. Like tints, the range of possible shades runs into hundreds, and stretches from the pure color through to black.

Tone

Tone describes a color's relative lightness or darkness, and is a term that can be used to describe both a tint and a shade. Lemon yellow is light in tone, while indigo is dark in tone - but if you add enough white to indigo, the resulting tint will be closer in tone to lemon yellow.

Value

This is another term that describes the lightness or darkness of a color. Lemon yellow has light value, while indigo has dark value. Value should not be confused with brightness (or intensity)

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The Medium is a Message

As you know it a line is a line is a line...or not. Every drawing and painting tool makes characteristic marks and affords a designer a specific kind of a visual language. The language of the tool has a powerful effect on an illustration's communicative value, not just on its visual qualities relative to other elements in a design solution.

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ALL ABOUT ACRYLIC PAINTING PIGMENTS

THE FINEST quality pigments are used in the
production of artist-grade acrylic colors. To
begin, powdered pigments are dispersed into
water. Through varying methods (depending on
the manufacturer's equipment), the hydrophobic
pigment is forced into a homogenous mixture
with deionized water. The water molecules
surround the pigment, resulting in the formation
of an aqueous pigment dispersion, which is
then ready to be added to the acrylic paint
base. In the mixing vessel, a specially machined
stainless steel blade spins the mixture together.
The blade stirs the paint while the sides of the
vessel are continuously scraped to prevent the
edges from drying out and to ensure uniform
mixing. The blades are carefully machined to
mix varying paint formats and to accommodate
different mixing bucket sizes. Then, the additional
ingredients are added to the mix: surfactant,
defoamer, thickener, freeze/thaw stabilizer, fungi cide,
pH stabilizer, and biocide.
Each of these components is essential to the stability, longevity
end bacterial resistance of the finished product.
Once the paint has thickened and the ingredients
are fully merged, It is inspected by quality control
before being packaged. The quality control
procedures generally include comparing the new
paint with the standard (physical sample) for
color concentration, viscosity, and pH balance.
Once approved, the paint is poured into large
stainless steel hoppers attached to the tubing
and jarring machinery. The air- or machinedriven
mechanism pushes the paint from the
hopper into plastic jars, or metal or plastic tubes.
(Only small quantities of high viscosity paint are
packaged in tubes; quantities upwards of 4 or
5 fluid ounces are packaged in jars and pails.)
Then, the machine's many jaws crimp the ends
tightly to seal the tubes. All of the machinery
and tools used in the packaging of acrylics are
carefully washed and sanitized prior to filling to
prevent contamination from color to color.
Once packaged and sealed, most acrylics will
have a shelf life of six to ten years or longer.

Best tips on Hanging Art Paintings

Use these simple rules to create a functional interior design when hanging art:

1. When selecting a frame for art, coordinate it with the art, not the room. Frames should complement the artwork and allow it to be a focal point of the interior design.

2. If the work comes with a wire on the back, use a picture hanger and a nail of the appropriate weight. If there is not a wire and the art is heavy, you’ll need a picture hanger on each side to balance the weight. And while I love a Command strip for hanging temporary or very light pieces, never hang important or heavier framed items from them. I’ve seen too many people ruin great art that way.

3. Framing and hanging a group, series, or collection of art can be time consuming, but it makes a statement. When hanging the group, think of the collection as one large piece, then place the center of the group 60 to 66 inches from the floor. Also, in most cases, allow no more than 4 inches between individual pieces in a pairing or grouping.

4. Mixing styles and media in a room, or even in one group, can work beautifully. Try to group pieces that have a common thread, such as subject matter, the medium, the color palette, or the period. And be sure that the frames match or complement one another.

5. When hanging art over furniture, place everything close together so it looks cohesive when you enter a room. A good rule of thumb is to allow 6 inches or less between the art and the top of the furniture. Of course, use your judgement so people won’t hit their heads or knock into art when they sit or stand.


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Understanding Abstract Painting Techniques, Tips on Painting with Acrylic Paint on Stretched Canvas

Q: Saw you on youtube and then checked out your site. Amazing Art! Do you make custom artwork? We are looking for an abstract painting in shades of purple, maybe with some brown . If so, what would be the costs? Iit would be for a large wall and we are open to ideas about one large piece or two or three pieces that go together. Look forward to your reply.
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A: cost would be determined based on the size of the canvas and the difficulty of the composition
Q: When you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint and with a sponge, use soft body? And should I be using a dry sponge, because I'm getting bubbles in my paint? Best regards.
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A: Q:When you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint and with a sponge, use soft body? - A: I only use soft body acrylics. Q: And should I be using a dry sponge, because I'm getting bubbles in my paint? Best regards - A: rinse the sponge periodically in clean water
Q: Peter, when you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint? And do you use soft body paint for the sponge technique? Best regards. Jason
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A: Q: when you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint? A: it really depends on your personal preference Q: do you use soft body paint for the sponge technique? A: I personally prefer to work with soft body acrylics
Q: I would like to buy the DVD's.. Can I?
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A: at this time I only offer streaming abstract art lesson video courses and tutorials on my other website at abstractartlesson.com
Q: Im not comfortable buying stuff online. Is any way of buying the gold package ata store?
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A: at this time I do not offer any DVDs with my art video lessons only through subscription on my other website at abstractartlesson.com
Q: I have subscribe to your side but I don't know how to see your videos. Please help
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A: please go to How It Works page on my other website at abstractartlesson.com and watch the tutorial video that will explain everything in details
Q: I am an artist myself, and I am interested in developing an affiliate website related to art and,more specifically, to abstract expressionist art. Do you have or would you be interested in affiliate marketing for your products? Jay Clapper
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How to create a stunning and creative use of special effects in acrylic abstract paintings on canvas

Q: Hi Pete. I love your art and i have watched your videos over and over again. Thank you for making these videos. I wonder if it is ok to use gesso for the white color in my paintings. Do you ever do that
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A: I do not substitute gesso for the colors but I don't see the reason why not to try and experiment with it.
Q: Hi Pete..your painting has inspired me a lot..i am a beginner in painting and want to do abstract..i tried painting with acryllic but they do not come out as yours. Could you please help me by telling what are the kind of paints and other materials that you use. Thanks a ton
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A: I prefer to use liquitex acrylic paint on primed stretched canvas. I also utilize sponge, brushes, wired brushes, glass, paper, anything that you can think of in order to achieve an eye catching acrylic abstract effect
Q: sirhow can i post my paintings to you in your http:abstractoriginalblogspot.com
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A: if you'd like to share your art on my blog just email your image and your message along with it to pdranitsin@gmail.com
Q: Hi Pete I wanted to ask what do you think is the best way for a traditional artist to make the transition into abstract.
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A: Good question, I would say first thing is to experiment with shapes, values, and other elements of a drawing or a painting distorting the appearance playing with the compositions getting them to appear abstract, unproportional. The idea is to look at the real objects and imagine what you can do to that or those objects making them look more interesting to a human eye.
Q: Hey Pete your artwork amazes me and I chose to do my art project on you and your art Im a freshman in highschool and it just so happens that my dads side of the family lives in Cleveland Ohio too. But one of the questions we have to answer about our artist in our project is what their birthplace Secondly have you recieved any awardsrecognitions Thirdly what are your favourite subjects to paint I hope you can help me thanks so much. yourartsamazing
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A: Hi there thank you for your interest and your questions. I was born in Saint Petersburg Russia. Couple of my recognitions worth mentioning are the art competition: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/Galleries/Turner-Gallery.html as well as having one of my paintings featured on wine labels: http://pondviewwinery.com/wine/2010_Harmony_750_ml My favorite subject to paint is pure abstract paintings that are composed of different textures and tones of colors that I have created using variety of different materials and tools. One of those paintings name is Hottest Fire. Good luck to you with your school project my friend!
Q: What inspired you to use the colours that you did
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A: I like to use bright colors that will make my painting to pop from its surrounding and warm the place up.
Q: Hi Pete just came across your painting techniques on youtube and its great to see how your paintings come alive. Quick question: do you paint the sides of the canvas as well Thanks Cheers Kartini
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A: HI Kartini, yes I do paint the sides of the canvas. I use pure black to cover the sides.

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Q: Sup Bro : Q1how do you make your paint colours from Q2 : what made you start painting Q3:what are your latest works of art 3 thank please reply
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A: Hi Mathew, I began to paint because I always enjoyed it. My latest works are the paintings that you will see on my home page of my website the most recent work is closer to the top. As far as the paint, I use liquitex acrylic paint. Thank you for your questions!
Q: whats your favourite material to use when creating your artworks thanks stevesteve :
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A: Hi Stevii, I love to work with sponge because it make the blending and color transition much smoother. Thanks for your question!
Q: what was you first ever inspiration when you first started and what is your inspiration now thanks em :
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A: Hi Emily, I have first began to paint at a very young age. My mother she is an art teacher and I got lots of inspiration from her. Thank you for your question!
Q: Hello Pete. First off I want to say your art is amazing and very inspiring to me. My main question is How do you show your painting as displayed in a living room or dining room like at the end of some of your videos What program do you use to do this and are there any tutorials that would help do that Thank you very much
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A: Thank you for your nice comments! To be able to do the display as I did on my website you need to be able to know Adobe Photoshop or pay someone to do this for you. There are many tutorials that you can also purchase or get free online to understand how to work with Photoshop.
Q: Hi peter let me just say after watching your videos I am truly amazed. Im a better drawer than I am a painter but ive starting to paint for a short while and i want to get better. When you paint how do you get your ideas and when you use the bottles what do you put in the bottles just paint alone or do you mix it with something else
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A: Hi Carolina, I usually come up with the idea to paint by deciding weather or not I want to create a subject in my paintings such as a tree, cityscape, landscape ... or just completely abstract elements. I use bottles to mix acrylic paint and water and that is it 60% paint and 30% water
Q: hey peter- first of all your work amazes me- and has inspired me a great deal- especially the videos and techniques- i am slowly learning to let myself go and follow where the painting takes me- this of course is alot harder to do than say- but i find it very relaxing- so to get around to my question- after about 7 yrs of slinging paint- i am getting alot of requests from friends and coworkers to paint them something and i enjoy the challenge - my question is this-- how do you go about pricing a particular piece since im new to all this- im honestly just trying to cover what monetary value i have invested- but then after seeing several artists work on line for sale- i wonder if i am selling myself short- any how- thanks for the inspiration- and your time- respects --- dave
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A: Thank you Dave for your comments. The pricing is a difficult subject for me. The way I determine the price is by the material cost first, and than by the difficulty and the outcome of the composition.
Q: Hi peter just wanted to say that you are an amazing artist and you paintings are beautiful i love them all I also wanted to ask how you figure out what to paint in the background of your paintings because im doing a painting of flowers and i need some ideas on how to give the painting more texture in the background.
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A: Thank you Isabel, I would first suggest to start experimenting by mixing paint together on a canvas using variety of tools (i.e. spatula, sponge, brushes ...). You can also try to experiment with different gels and mediums that is available to you in your local art supply store such as flow aid, glass beads, flakes to name a few.

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Q: Hi Peter Nice new paints you got out recently. As I started trying to paint recently one of the technique I wish I could learn the most is when you blend colors with your sponge the finish you get with it is incredible. Do you put pressure on it or do you get close enough just to say you touch it I dont know if its my type of paint bought the average quality since Im beginning or how I handle the sponge but I cant get paints to blend together they do mix sometimes but by spot only and my biggest problem is that the sponge often gets the paint off the canva when i use it and its a little wet. I can blend color but itll go from dark blue to white directly without a good transition since it takes off most of the paint and the transition is like 2mm between colors . Also I tried with the canva a little wet more wet and ... did a lot of experience. Thanks for your help and continue your impressive work I envy when you blend 2-3 color where there is a good thickness of paint and that the result is amazing Mickael
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A: Hi Mickael, thank you for your comments and your question. I would suggest you try quality acrylic paint such as "Golden Acrylics" and see if that helps you in any way,
Q: Hi Peter to start with i must say Im really impressed at how nice your abstract paintings ends in. Ive never wanted to paint before since I though and I know that I have poor skill in actually drawing detailed things. Seeing the way you paint and techniques you use got me so excited that I bought stuff the day after I saw your paintings and today I actually tried doing something similar to your Three Islands painting. The result is awesome for a first try and I must thank you for this. Also if you dont mind answering me I looked trough all the QA trying to find more about how u use your sponge for blending. I found it hard to get a good grading between colors as my paint would get on the sponge and spread on the painting more randomly then I thought thought it would gradually absorb the paint and make the gradient. I know the sponge should be wet but do you wring it out totally dip the tip before so few water drops falls on the paint Well I thank you again for giving me this will of painting just before Christmas and I wish you a good Holiday Season with your family and friends. I already cant wait to be back from my vacation to look at more of your videos : Thx again Mike
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A: Thank you Mike for your nice comment and your question. I use my sponge in different situation in a different kind of way. For instance if I need to remove some of the access paint I obviously rinse the sponge and make sure it is clean, in a situation where I blend the paint I do wring it out completely and begin dabbing on the canvas with it creating smooth transition. I hope I answered your question. Thank you again and Mary Christmas to you and your family!
Q: Hi Peter how do I keep the acryllics moist enough to work with on canvas as I live in a hot windy and dry region of Australia Also may I ask if you dilute your paint before putting on canvas. Perhaps you use a flow or retarder medium I truly admire your work and your talent. Thank you for sharing with your free videos. Best wishes from beautiful Kalbarri Western Australia. Chris
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A: Hi Chris, I usually wet the canvas prior work and I use plenty of water with my acrylic paint. I do not use any substitutes other than mentioned. Thank you for your question!
Q: Hello I was just wondering how you sign your paintings. I looked at a couple of them and there is no signature on it. So I asked myself do you sign them or not at all
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A: I always sign my paintings using permanent marker or black or white paint. Also I usually sign my paintings at the time when I sell each individual painting.
Q: Great work. Thanks for sharing. very interested in your new web site. Curious as to what type of sponges you use and where they are available Thank you Again
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A: You can use any regular sponge that you can find. For best results to achieving a smoother color blending transition try to use the sponge that is composed of smaller grains.
Q: Hi Peter I watched several of your videos and inspired through your art and technique I made a couple of paintings. Of course they are wayyy not as good as yours but Im quite happy with what I have created in the beginning. Nevertheless one of them is still too clean too structured.. and I have no idea what I could do to make it better - and what would ruin the whole thing. If Id mail you a picture could you maybe give me a hint or an idea what I could try in order to make the painting better That would be so great All the best Yve
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A: Sure absolutely send those in to pdranitsin@gmail.com
Q: How do you do it? I mean, do you just paint something spontaneously or do you have something in mind before you start? Because I love to paint, but I feel like I need to know what to paint before I start.
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A: Honestly to say in most cases I just begin to paint with blank mind and come up with something as I go along. Thank you for asking :)

Abstract Art is Complex to Explain Discussion Forum

For me, a big realization came when I saw that every image was the result of editing. A landscape or portrait or madonna and child- all edited out from a larger "picture" or arena.
A close look at a Franz Kline painting is a revelation of skill and this idea of editing and adjusting.
The reason I'm fascinated by this is that it seems to drive us to getting an essence into the material image that has no substance. It's like trying to capture the immense forces that created the hills in a landscape by rendering the hills as result of those forces instead of getting the contours visually right.
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Joel Kahn • Check the links on my profile to see examples of my algorithmic math-based output. How do you think my work fits with these ideas about abstraction?
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Peggy Kerwan • Thanks for all of this input. As a fairly new artist (6 years) who loves color, movement, texture, I paint mainly whimsical interpretations (all subjects and mediums). I share my art and others' art with many non-artist friends, several of whom struggle to "get it" when it comes to abstraction. I must say I'm not great at "explaining" it. Your comments have made me feel better able to do so. I especially like your comment, Hufreesh, and can't wait to share the slap with my buddies.
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Catherine "Cathy" Shapiro • i'm a wordsmith too, so I love Stephen's commentary. Abstraction is like love ....and that's just as complex! Art itself is akin to the act of catching lightning in a bottle; You can't do that no matter how hard you try. :)
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Chris Myers • I could not find a way to edit a previous post with a URL that I will stop using, so that post is now gone. I am switching over to http://cribet.zenfolio.com for open edition artwork. I did not delete the post because this was not an interesting discussion! I find it very hard to classify a lot of my work and end up calling it abstract, but I do not really know if this is accurate or not. The question of what is abstract and what is not is always on my mind.

I guess I can define a couple things that help me decide if I should tag an image abstract. These are hardly definitions for abstract across all media, but they help. For my own works if their content is no longer clearly derived from the actual physical subject of the photograph and becomes more an expression of form or a fundamental geometric shape, then I call them abstract. I am less certain if there are those same forms and geometric shapes in the art, but the content is clear. My gut says that if mentally my imagination gets stirred up and I see other worlds and stories in images, then they are abstract. I do see the same sometimes in the oak tree portraits or fungi work that I do as well, but that is on a different level.

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Jill Campbell • For me it is always important to try to keep some sort of connection or truth to the original subject - so it is often about trying to find some kind of balance between representation and abstraction. My aim is to develop a pictorial language which will enable me to make visible my own experience of being in the world in a way that has a universal sense and so can be communicated to others. Removing any obvious references to observed subject matter mean the paintings do not operate as windows.They become painted surfaces built with marks and colour that represent my personal expression of the relationship between self and the world.
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Stephanie Smith • It's great to see all of these comments! I recently participated in an abstract exhibit, where the curators asked us all to write a description of why/what/how we perceive abstract art - I'll start with my own writing, and if there's some interest, I'll keep adding other writings from the other artists. Just like this discussion, they ideas that have been flowing down from this one exhibit are eloquent and thought provoking.

The artists of the Renaissance did not invent human anatomy, but made strides to understand it by looking to and reflecting on information outside of what convention allowed. Similarly, abstract art is not a step out of reality, but rather a step into a greater reality. Creating and studying abstract works, is what examining a new species of exotic flower, excavating for ancient fossils, or mapping the inner apparatus of the human body is. Sometimes these acts are not so much beautiful as odd, or even gruesome; our imagination never truly anticipating their fragile existence. Yet, when our eyes fall upon them, their untamed presence provides a mind-altering experience. Observing their form, color, and behavior, augments our perspective of the natural world. Artists have long owned the resourcefulness to bring to forefront, forgotten, or veiled certainties - by providing intimate reports on compelling, but pre-existing realities.
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Jeffery Rowe • I believe art and the process of making art are the cultural DNA that makes us who and what we are, as individuals, a community and a society. While there are many endeavors that are rooted in creativity, to be considered "art" I feel the work has to speak to the audience in an intimate and primal way, if not it becomes just decorative. I am interested in exploring the notion of chaos and order and their relationship. That is why I introduce pseudo-geometric forms and lines in my work. My primary goal is to get the audience to think, and consider something they may not have considered. I occasionally try to provoke the thinking/questioning process with titles that may not be obvious choices. I also use hints of representational and symbolic elements in primarily non-representational pieces in an effort to challenge notions of reality. I tend to think that we compartmentalize our worlds into easily digestible boxes and by doing so edit out essential elements of the things we are boxing up. Once this is done we tend to believe these are absolute truths without further consideration. I hope to stimulate people into reconsidering these "truths". The world was flat and then it was round and now it is flat again. Art is a gift that allows us to accept these inconsistencies because our human realities are primarily a function of our perspective. Art aids and alters that perspective. I do not possess the arrogance to think I can necessarily alter that "reality" but , I may be able to influence the perspectives.
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Stephanie Smith • A quote from a fellow artist - Alexis Mclean www.alexis-mclean.com

From Abstract Views Artists' Statements 2012

I consider all creation to bea na abstraction. I strive to let intuition and emotion flow into form when I paint. Defined images may appear although the whole comes from subconscious layers and raw emotion. The moment weh our inner cauldrons boil over and we leap into the void is already unique. We all relate to the sensations of being human, raw passion, loss gain, hoy...but this blank canvas underneath, the familiar human emptiness that arouses us to action because the only other option is death by statsis. This provokes me.
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Tony Reynolds • At one point in my scattered art education I heard or read that abstract art, perhaps it was more modern painting, was an attempt to create a new thing, a real object, not seen before. The painting was not to be understood as a window representing anything else (reality, emotion, etc) but rather that it was a thing of its own identity. Does this ring true?
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Conn Ryder • Eegads ! To whom is it necessary that we provide this one all-encompassing definition of abstract art???? What an ominous task . . . . .tackled by a myriad of artists that have come before us . . . .and still no universal concurrence (that I’m aware of, anyway). It seems to me that the term “abstract” is/was to art, what “alternative” is/was to music (although even more wide-ranging). And under that umbrella term resides countless theorized sub-classifications to further describe the innumerable approaches to art (and the outcomes thereof) that fall under the canopy of “abstract.”

While it’s fun and thought-provoking to toss about various notions for the sake of discussion, for me personally, I don’t feel the necessity to do anything other than attempt to communicate the whats, whys and hows of my own work . . . and only then to those who are inquiring. (If someone told me it was their duty to educate me on the sport of boxing so that I might understand and appreciate it, I’d tell them to sod off because I prefer to remain blissfully ignorant!)

So for those who inquired, I would say my approach is to attempt to know my craft (see a great description from Brian Sommers above), know my materials . . . toss it in a pot (me . . .the vessel) . . . . .stir in a healthy dollop of emotion, a pinch of experiential and observational impact . . . . . and hope it manifests on canvas as something that resonates with me . . . . .and ideally, with someone else too.
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Tony Reynolds • @Conn Ryder. I think the bigger purpose of this discussion is to explain what abstract art is to ourselves. Art (at least to me) is visceral but it is also cognitive at least at some level. The more we understand what we are involved in the more deeply we can engage.
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Conn Ryder • @Tony Reynolds -- Thank you for sharing your understanding of the purpose of this discussion with me. My comment was in response to Pete's initial statement in which he writes that abstract art will mystify some "therefore, it is necessary to define it, so that the viewer may decide for himself what is real and true." So I was addressing the notion of defining abstract art for the "viewer", and would reiterate my personal opinion that the whole of the term "abstract art" is too sweeping (or as Pete wrote "complex"). Therefore, while I understand artists enjoying a discussion about defining abstract art, when it comes to the viewer, I generally only strive to explain my own art to those with an open ear. Now, if someone said to me "I don't understand abstract art" and I found the person open to learning more about it, then certainly I'd attempt to share some explanation (even though I would have to clarify that artists' approaches, intent, message, etc. are as unique as snowflakes). But if a person said "I don't like abstract art" and I didn't sense they were open for it, I wouldn't personally feel it is necessary to change (or expand) their thinking). http://www.connryder.com
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Lorraine Fossi • My work fluctuates between Abstraction and Landscape. I explain: Landscapes have always given us the freedom to enjoy dreamlike sequences back into the so-called real world. Abstract works are the tangible way to express the unreal. And they do so while awakening our consciousness; revealing the hidden by dismantling our own conventional and distorted views.
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Sue Berce • I am a docent at Milwaukee Art Museum ( MAM) and give a ton of tours. I take everyone to the Contemporary Galleries first and have some standard thoughts...if you can say, "I don't get it, I could do it myself...it's about something!"
Motion and emotion...that's me in my work.
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Herbert Murrie • When I'm asked, what is that or what are you trying to say, My pat answer is, look at it like you would look at a landscape. Does it move you, do you see something beautiful or ugly, is there any emotion that you feel when you look at this painting. I do and that's why it 's here for you to look at. Music is related to abstract in that you feel something, good bad or indifferent when you here it.
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Peter Dranitsin • Thank you everyone for such a great participation in this discussion about Abstract Art. I am really interested in reading your thoughts on this subject matter!
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Liz Doyle • mmmmmmmmmm thought provoking
I tried to start adiscussion just now on similar lines (does it have to be pretty / balanced...) but got bogged down in a technical glitch with adding a link - oh well - I'm just learning here
Thanks for this discussion
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Artist Arnold McDowell • Abstract is " ABSTRACT " it all come from A Old Man like Me = " Ab " was His Name and He Stract His Art Burch that had paint on it on A Painting that He Just Painted; it was A Landscape; So he "Stract" it Some More and said to His Sefl; " The Painting Looks A Lot Better; So what can I Name this New Painting ? He was Painting Out Side and went it His House; And Ask His Wife; She said I Like it too " Ab " so you just " Stract " it with Your paint Burch; YES; and She said Well Lets Call Your NEW Painting " Ab-Stract ".... " Ab " ; Was My " Great, Great, Great, Great "Grand-Pal" from The Appalachian Mountains; So thats how " ABSTRACT " got it Name; And She Help Name " The Great Smoky Mountains " Too; Artist Arnold McDowell at www.arnoldmcdowellart.com I LOVE to Paint and I like to Paint " Abstract Art " ; It is in A World of Art By its " Self " thanks Arnold.
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Sue Berce • Here's the thing with me....in five years...four major surgeries, husband died, cancer, I almost died twice in 2011...no art training, but art spewed forth, first a tad realistic..then with every series of ten to twelve my head shifted...abstraction becomes real then disappears until it resurfaces...we have no control, really.
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Diane Mignon Morgan • The term "abstract art" is a generic term for anything that does not equate to realism. Historically abstract artists concentrated on an "aspect" that they wanted to convey in a painting or sculpture that was not possible with realism. I think with most of us today it is our own personal perception of a particular environment or feeling that brings us to exaggerate colors, overstate lines and forms to evoke our "own" personal emotion into the painting. If you explain this to people looking at your art they will be able to grasp it better. When someone is looking at one of my paintings I always ask them "How does this painting make you feel?" Abstract art may be complicated in form or execution but it does not have to be hard to understand. It is just an expression of the artist albeit overstated at times.
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Bryan Azevedo • when i get approached and some one tells me to define my art work i usually reply "there is nothing to explain". i feel the emotions people feel out of seeing my work in person is park of the magic in it. i mostly play with light, color and texture, but then again who doesn't....my works are based mostly on past emotions and experiences, and to have other find their own emotions in my work makes it all worth it to me.
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Artist Arnold McDowell • I Love " Abstract Art " and To Us Mountain People in East Tennessee; its NOT to Complex to Explain; When " Ab " My Great Grand Pal; painted The First One; He said I Like it; Its Like " Chicken Soup " The More I Put in it The Better it Looks; I am just A Old Painter; That Likes To Help All The Young Artist get all the Help thay Need To be A Good Artist; You-al can See My New; Abstract Painting Name of it is " Four Grasshopper's Singing to the Moon " at www.arnoldmcdowellart.com Abstract Art is ABSTRACT; Lets All injoy it and Eat More " Chicken Soup " as We Paint it; thanks Artist Arnold McDowell.
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Brad Cole • I think trying to explain Abstract Art as an entire discipline is more complicated than an Artist explaining the motives and choices made concerning their own work. I think an Artists intentions are the key factor when we describe to our viewers what Abstract Art is. For instance my motives are to challenge the human tendency to want to classify, and "put things in a box" even though my work is based 90% on primal instinct. Others motives might be to translate the idea of smell through visual stimulus. I think that because people are so determined to put everything into a category it's difficult for many to grasp the idea that Abstract art is most often manifested by creating through an individual Artists personal lens. So many interpretations and only one category - Abstract Art hah!
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Ursula E. Rettich • I do not agree with Bryan, Quote " there is nothing to explain" There is so much to explain - only words are not enough, that is why we paint in abstract, we see so much more then what everyone else is seeing, so we artists try to bring it out in and an "abstract" way. Not the incidental way of poring paint and see what comes out - no, we struggle and go beyond to try to explain what we see and feel in colour and shape and emotion
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Bryan Azevedo • Ursula - i think you need to reread my comment. I personally let the viewer's imagination take the course it wants on it's own instead of directing them in the way i think it should go. And to be completely honest, I never struggle with paintings, they come naturally to me (i'm blessed for this). I just prefer to have people see my works and go on their own voyage. I like to think of it as I build the land and you are your own tour guide.
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Ursula E. Rettich • Sorry - I sometimesjust in my own world

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