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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Painting Speed Abstract Art Painting Techniques by Peter Dranitsin.

Creating a sense of speed in your abstract painting could be achieved when you create simple smudges using spatula, brushes, pallet knife or any other painting tool that you feel comfortable with. Another option would be to use a bottle mixed with paint and water  and create an elegant lines coming from the active movement in the painting.

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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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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.


Recent Questions about Abstract Painting Videos, Techniques, and Contemporary Paintings in General

Q: Hi Pete Thank you for the very inspiring lessons I would like to know if you are having the canvas on a table og if you are uing an asel. The very wet painting never run down the canvas when you paint. Also how long does it really take you to make the paintings....not just 10-20 minuts I think :o Bedst regards Birgit Andersen
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A: Q: I would like to know if you are having the canvas on a table or if you are uing an asel. A: I usually have small canvases layed on the table and larger ones either on the floor or on the wall. Q: Also how long does it really take you to make the paintings A: it depends on the size of the painting and difficulty of the composition
Q: Is there a way to sort through the website for paintings and see only 36 x 48 or larger Thank you James
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A: use Advance Search link under search box in the top left corner of the home page
Q: How can we Purchase paintings
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A: You can simply submit your best offered price for immediate approval or if the painting has price next to it just click on add to cart button
Q: Do you have any art work to do with surfing or skate-boarding for a teenagers room
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A: I do not but I can always create one
Q: Mr.peter i have seen your work its osumme also artist i also want to work in abstract please help me out
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A: please visit my other website at abstractartlesson.com
Q: How do you draft your ideas Or do you even sketch and just go straight to painting Because your type of art is what I like to paint or at least would like to. Im use to being a perfectionist in my art but i dont want that. I want to challenge myself and just paint and plan as I go. How do you do it
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A: I would have a blurry idea of what I would like to paint and after choosing the colors I would outline the subject first if need be or just begin with the background colors and add elements as I go along
Q: Hi there I sent my e-mail to get your free videos but the link you sent does not work please send me another one. I love your paintings and the way you do it thanks for sharing.
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A: I have tried to email you back but your email blocks all incoming emails because the way your email is set up. This is the message I got when I tried to email you: Your email could not be delivered because the recipient is only accepting email from specific email addresses.

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.

Online Abstract Painting Discussion on Abstract Painting Techniques with Acrylic Paint

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.

Ten Ways To Create Modern and Contemporary Abstract Painting Forum

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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