Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Original Floral Acrylic Abstract Painting, Good In Purple by Dranitsin 2011

This is a 18x24 Original Floral Abstract Painting "Good In Purple" created

Pursuit of Elegance original acrylic abstract painting technique by Dranitsin Peter

Watch this video where I share with you how I created this painting "Pursuit of Elegance" step by step:

Modern Abstract Painting of a Tree by Peter Dranitsin called In Silence

This is a new modern abstract painting of a tree that I have just created recently called "In Silence". It is a small 8x8 inches acrylic original painting on stretched canvas. Visit my online original art gallery to view this painting on multiple different backgrounds:

I have also created a special video lesson for you on this particular painting that I share with you. You can also view this modern painting art video lesson by visiting this page: "Modern Abstract Painting Techniques"

Monday, May 30, 2011

Original Landscape Abstract Painting Side by Side

New painting has been added to my online original abstract art gallery called "Side by Side".

About the abstract artist Peter Drantsin

Hi my name is Peter Dranitsin I am a modern abstract artist. My career as a professional artist started after I have finished my active duty in the Marine Corps at the end of 2005 year. and I have painted and sold my artworks ever since up until today. My background as an artist has began since my early childhood watching my mother create her paintings at home. I was taught to appreciate art and highly admired my mother's work. I wanted to push off the traditional way of painting using brush, pallet knife and canvas and took a slightly different approach using all kinds of different tools, techniques and material in creating my abstract paintings. When creating my paintings I always try to stick to basic principles and try to keep it simple. In my abstract art presentation videos you will be able to watch me in progress crating paintings from nothing. Each and every one of my paintings are one hundred percent unique and original. The biggest trick to make the paintings elegant is to remember very important idea that "Less is More". The less you try to think about every single details, the more you will appreciate your artwork because it will have a key ingredient which is free flowing and natural rhythm. All of my paintings are created with high quality acrylic paint on stretched canvas. I do use other acrylic mediums to achieve different effects, but for the most part I stick to the minimum. To be completely honest with you, not all of my paintings come out the way I want them, but the more I paint the more proficient I get in my technique and the final result. Do not be afraid in making mistakes, even when your painting look great and you feel that you can make it better but unsure if it is worth to try to make it better - my advice is go for it. As I learned it myself, you will always get a good experience and build upon your technique as a result even if the painting will have to be covered by paint again. You will eventually get to the point where all you do is choose what colors you want to use in the painting and start applying paint to the canvas and watch your hands and soul take control over the process in creating another masterpiece. It is all about having fun in the creative process and sharing it with the World! I want to thank you so much for taking your time today to watch this video introduction and I truly hope that you will get motivated to watch some more and start creating art!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Creative Way to Use Water when Creating your Modern Abstract Painting

In this short video lesson I will share with you the creative way to use water when creating your modern abstract paintings.

Seasons Bring New Abstract Art Ideas for Modern Paintings

All artists, landscape artists or not, depict the changing of the seasons in their works. The way the light enters a room, even rooms with electric lights in them, changes the way a subject appears, and that’s dependent on what season it happens to be when the painting is created. The seasons affect the way artists feel at any given moment in time, which will affect not only their subject, but the way in which they depict it.
Artists have depicted the changing of seasons for centuries. Dutch painter Jan van Goyen, for example, was fascinated by the four seasons. He created two paintings, both in 1625, called “Summer” and “Winter.” He doesn’t depict the same geographic scene as many of his fellow artists did at the time, but both paintings depict the Dutch tendency to enjoy the seasons to their fullness—the warm, gentle light of summer and the harsh, cold blue-grays of winter.
Van Goyen understood that colors themselves are seasonal, and depending upon when they’re used, appear very different as compared to other times of the year. The French Impressionists, like Pissarro, probably explored the seasonal variation of color better than any other artists before or since. Pisarro’s “Woman in an Enclosure,” painted in 1887, is full of pale yellows that dominate the entire painting, even in the blue colors in the sky. Delicate, spring-like textures are everywhere, giving the painting an overall feeling of freshness and brilliant light.
French artist and Rococco enthusiast François Boucher painted all four seasons for his benefactress, King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Boucher’s “Spring” and “Autumn” are pastoral scenes, while “Summer” depicts three nude women cooling themselves near a fountain. In “Winter,” a woman is bundled in furs and seated in a sleigh. Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s 1565 painting, “Hunters in the Snow,” contrasts the harshness of the winter scene with the serene beauty of the snow-covered landscape.
The seasons also have symbolic implications, giving artists plenty of subject material. Spring, for example, is associated with birth, flowers, and love. Summer is often associated with bathing, ripeness, maturity, and pleasure. Autumn is the time of harvest, plenty, and sometimes even physical decline. Winter is associated with rest, survival, Christmas (in more modern times), and death.
No other art form lends itself better to the depiction of the seasons better than landscape painting, which exhibits natural sceneries such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests on a canvas or other two-dimensional surface. When the main subject is shown in a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition, the weather and the season is often important. Sometimes the landscape is an integral part of the painting, and in those cases, the season depicted is a crucial part of such paintings.
Just like some artists like to depict the same object at different times of the day, other artists will portray the same view at different times of the year, at different seasons. Light, shadow, and color all change depending upon the season.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sketching My Thoughts, Original Abstract Painting Video Lesson by Dranitsin

"Sketching My Thoughts" is a modern abstract painting video lesson where I share with you the process of creating original modern abstract painting on canvas using acrylic paint. You can watch this particular lesson here:

Discover the Beauty of Geometrical Modern Abstract Paintings

Geometrical art strikes our eyes as patterns for an abstract style of painting, much as a mosaic that is nonrepresentational seems merely a repetitive pattern.  Geometrical art combined with the use of color may seem to give a three-dimensional effect, for instance green and red patterns appear to strobe their colors at us as our eyes send to our sensory brain the illusion that the painting moves, contrary to what our logical brain tells us.  Famous artists such as Mondrian have used striking arrangements of black, yellow and red, bold tones on a white background, to form non-representational compositions.  Abstract art appeals to our sense of order, as its sharp edges reassure us that our eyes are not deceiving us, that the crisp lines of paint form linear, pleasing pieces of art. 
Geometrical art is the opposite of the expressionist abstract painting.  What precision and planning it takes to measure the straight lines and angles of a piece of geometrical art!  Bypassing the use of the bright and bold color scheme with its evocative emotionalism, the viewer accesses a logical train of thought when he sees the clarity of purpose in the piece.  Though this art may be thought of as 20th century, in reality commercial design has used such themes for centuries.  Who has seen the mathematical precision of a set of railroad tracks and not been mesmerized by their disappearing into the horizon, literally vanishing into the vanishing point?  The street grating over a manhole gives the same effect, luring our vision first to the foreground of the forged iron cover and then passing through it to the black depths underground.  Engineering is one of the multiple disciplines traceable in geometrical art.
Moving on to another discipline, geometrical art may be compared to music, with music’s geometrical progression of scales in the classic Western mode.  Even in the atonal nature of Eastern music can be related thematically to geometrical art, as different sizes of rectangles can represent the swiftly-changing notes of such a piece of music.  Going back to early Islamic art and its prohibition upon portraying religious figures, geometrical art lives from the 7th century onward as intricate patterns in the mosaics and grillwork of the seraglio.  We can see that inventiveness in using fractal patterns began in a very early stage of art history when we consider the glory of Islamic arabesque patterns.  With the spread of the Islamic world touching a great deal of Asia, even Chinese influences come to bear upon this far-flung empire as the two mighty schools of art touch shoulders.  Given that the geometric patterns were used to connect spirituality with science and art, a key tenet of Islamic thought, the repetition of patterns in Islamic architecture has withstood the test of time to portray the endurance of this philosophy.
So you’ve decided upon a piece of geometrical art for your home and you’re ready to commission such an undertaking.  You’ve considered your home or office’s basic colors, you’ve thought about the size of the canvas, the size of the general shapes, from half-inch square mosaic piece size to large blocks of color.  Consult with your artist, gain his or her perspective on what the piece will look like, and make your selection with a cool head.  Your walls are waiting for a bit of mathematical precision and order

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, May 26, 2011

Petes Oriignal Art Testimonials

Hey Pete, just wanted to let you know that the piece I purchased looks great! I am having some furniture delivered in a few weeks and I am going to wait until that is delivered to see exactly how much room I have to work with for the other one I mentioned.
Ron, G
Cleveland, Ohio

As a subscriber to your web site videos, I've been hanging out there more than on Facebook or YouTube...great stuff, brilliant...l'v executed and visually exciting.
Austin, TX

My brother you were born to do this keep it up you inspire me peace love and prosperity
North Carolina

Hello Peter, The painting looks GREAT. Thank you for doing this so fast. I can't wait till I hang this in our living room. It took me about 5 hours to pick this painting from your web site. I really wanted ANGLES CASTLE however our designer said it would not go with the painting I already have.

Hi Peter, Received the painting today. Love it, cannot wait to get it on the wall. Hopefully I can ad a few more this summer. Thank You

Hey Pete, Your work is amazing, blessfull and very inspirational. Keep the spirit up. Thank for sharing. Bless

Peter,I am amazed at how quickly you're putting up those videos. They are fun to watch but more importantly, it give me a chance to watch your techniques. Thank you, and as for the minor glitch on the website early this week, I wouldn't have known there was anything wrong but for the email you sent.
thanks for keeping us informed

Your work is inspirational and there is a lot to learn from you, thanks for sharing your techniques generously

I love your work..Every time I see your paintings i get so much inspiration from them ..Thank you!

Hi Peter, I live in Vancouver, BC Canada. I love your paintings they are fascinating I watch you painting every night before I go to bed this gives me so much pleasure. I have wished to buy the lucky three and Morning charm...

Hi Peter We bought the painting Which One Do You Like from you recently. A couple weeks ago I came home early from work to set up for my wifes 40th birthday and when I got home your painting was on our porch. So I hung it up and when my wife came home she was very surprised and delighted. We both think the painting is very beautiful more so than what a picture could express. Thank you so much for getting it done quickly and sending it right away. This painting is the center piece in our house and we love it
Nowell Wendy
Auburn Hills Michigan

Thank you Peter. This is such a spectacular piece. It is going up on my office wall so I can see it all the time. My wife and I love your work. We feel that too often people dont or cant appreciate abstract art. We think that your work does an excellent job at capturing concepts and emotions and then regenerating those feelings within the observer. Wonderful work. Thanks again.
Brett S.

I just wanted to thank you for being my insperation. I am a new artist and your paintings are exactly what Ive been looking for. Your website is amazing and incredably insperational I hope to be at just as good and start my own websiteThank you again

I love your work. Hate that you feel the need to reduce the prices. Wish you much luck and look forward to being able to make a purchese in the near furture. The Acoustic Guitar piece is up my proverbial alley. Thanks for sharing. -suaman

Love, love, love! Fantastic work of art! Amazing textures, dimensions, & colors! Beyond expectations, as always! Very fast ship. Thanks!
Richardson TX

In love with your paintings! Stunning color, texture, & overall aesthetics. Thanks!
Richardson TX

Good seller and quality work thanks!
Alamogordo NM

Stunning painting! Fast shiping! Thanks so much!
Richardson TX

The colors and texture of this piece is wonderful! Thank you!
Matlacha FL

Really enjoy collecting this artist, the vision, the medium is all fantastic!!!
Matlacha FL

Learn How to Paint Modern Abstract Painting with Peter Dranitsin

Learn how to paint modern abstract painting with Peter Dranitsin. In this video art lesson Peter will show you 8 step process in creating this paintign called "Three Areas". He will also share with you the tools you will need to create this painting. Enjoy and start creating!

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.

Let Me Share My Personal Modern Abstract Painting Techniques

Let me share with you my own personal abstract painting techniques. In this art video presentation I will show you how to paint elliptical shapes using blending technique. I hope you enjoy!

Explore New Perspective on Modern Art and Creating Paintings

What exactly is modern art?  Actually, it’s really not all that “modern,” at least not anymore.  Modern art” refers to art that’s closely related to modernism, a philosophy of thought that describes a set of cultural tendencies and a wide range of cultural movements.  Modernism, which became popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching cultural changes in Western society happening at the time.  Artists and philosophers believed that the more “traditional” forms of art, architecture, religious faith, and social organization were outdated in light of the sweeping changes that were occurring in Europe and the U.S. during that time.
Most scholars use the term “modern art” when describing artistic works produced roughly during the 1860s to the 1970s, and is associated with art in which the traditions of the past were replaced by works produced in a spirit of experimentation.  Modern artist experimented with new ways of seeing and depicting the world around them, and with new ideas about the materials and functions of art.  Artists, especially painters, experimented with abstract art in new and different ways.
Self-consciousness is an important part of modernism, and of modern art, which often led to experimentations with form.  Artists produced works that drew attention to the processes and materials used in them.  Most experts believe that the era of modern art began in 1863, the year that Édouard Manet exhibited his painting The Luncheon on the Grass in Paris.  This particular painting, with its juxtaposition of a female nude with fully dressed men, was quite controversial when it was exhibited in the Salon des Refusés, which was where all the nontraditional art was shown at the time.
Manet is an important artist in the modernism movement because, as the great art critic Clement Greenberg said, up to that point art (i.e., realistic and naturalistic art) had used art to conceal art.  Modern artists like Manet, on the other hand, used art to call attention to art.  The limitations of painting—the two-dimensional nature of the canvas, for example—were opened up and made into advantages.  Manet made obvious the materials he used, making his subject matter more honest and as a result, more “real.”  This is especially true of the impressionists.
Cubism, an avant-garde art movement of the early twentieth century, was another important movement that came out of Modern Art.  It revolutionized not only European painting, but sculpture as well, and inspired similar movements in music and literature.  In cubist paintings, like those created by Picasso and Mattisse, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in abstract forms.  Instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the subject is depicted from several vantage points to present the piece in a greater context.  The surfaces often intersect at what seems like random angles with no coherent sense of depth.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Let's Paint an Abstract Painting of a Heart

In this short video presentation I am sharing my techniques I used in creating this original abstract painting of a heart on gray background called "Covered". I used liquitex paint, medium size brush, small spatula, and sponge and bottles mixed with paint to create this particular painting. I hope you enjoy watching!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How to Create an Amazing Fantasy Abstract Painting

Fantasy Abstract Paintings are one of my favorite subjects to create! I have created number of them through these past years and this is one of them called "Dream Teller":

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.

Creative Ideas for Decorating Your Home With Original Abstract Paintings

Today we decorate!  Such is the cry of the new homeowner, whether new to being a homeowner or new to this particular home.  And such is the challenge, to create a living space that is livable.  Saving the most intimate areas for last, let us take a virtual trip through the typical home.  First, we knock on the door and enter the foyer.  It is a smallish space that says so much about a visitor’s first glance into your home.  Is it welcoming?  Are there places for muddy shoes and dripping umbrellas?  Perhaps a coat rack or antique hat rack make the visitor glad to shed his outdoor gear and enter the indoor area of your gracious home.  A signature painting is on the wall.  It is smallish, too, a little abstract piece that he will recognize as a water lily.  He sees it, and smiles. 
After greeting him, you invite him into the great room.  This has been the most challenging to decorate due to its vaulted ceiling and wide expanse of floor space.  It’s designed for casually combining the living and dining aspects of home life, yet it seemed huge and impossible to decorate.  Thanks to the flair for finding decorating tips that somehow leaped up inside you, tips about color and groupings, you decide that, really, you are most happy with the results.  You’ve divided the large space into smaller ones using furniture groupings.  The fireplace is the focal point of the living area and so it has been made inviting with a loveseat and two overstuffed armchairs.  It is separate from the television area, which has a long sofa for groups to watch television in happy camaraderie.  At the far end of the great room is a window that cried out for a window seat, so you had one installed.  In the nook thus created, you placed eight small pieces of artwork, framed ornately in gold filigree.  When the reader tires of print and wants to change his point of view, he simply looks up and sees an outdoor vista through the window or he glances at the art, changing his mood as he admires the brushstrokes or the subject.  You think you are the happiest with this choice for the great room.
But wait, your guest must refresh himself.  You point him to the bathroom, and as he heads for the facility, he passes through a hallway that truly offered a dark pathway before, but now, thanks to your assiduously following the decorating tips, sports a wide painting showing a traveling scene with horse and elegant coach through English countryside.  It is lit by track lighting and this has transformed your previously dingy hall into a pleasant walk.  You rest assured that the bathroom is adequately stocked with floral soaps and individual hand towels, as well as a small print of an ancient Roman bathhouse, with an abstract floral on the opposite side of the mirror.
Your guest has turned and you glow with pride as he compliments you on your choices of color and furniture.  Since the great room is roomy enough to divide, you have installed two bookcases back to back as a divider between the conversational area and the reading area.  A slightly darker tone than is on the walls is on the ceiling of the room  and this adds coziness and closeness, while the area rugs give the illusion that there are really three or more specializing areas within the square footage.
After dinner in the kitchen that is just through a faux archway to add even more interest to the room, your guest is tired from his journey to visit you.  You rise and lead him to the guest room, cheerfully lit with a single overhead fixture and painted in a restful robins’ egg blue color.  He is grateful for the chance to recoup his strength and promises you that tomorrow he will tour the backyard and admire the garden you’ve told him about.  You can hardly wait to show him your expertise in the outdoors, too.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tools to Use When Creating Modern Abstract Paintings

There are number of tools that you can use to create a modern abstract paintings such as: wired brush, rags, sponges, brushes, pallet knives, spatulas, feathers, wood graining and others... Try to experiment with variations of different tools and you will find it very rewarding when you see the final results. I have shared a number of my abstract art techniques in my videos that I have posted on you tube as well as on my original online art gallery. I hope you will enjoy watching and have fun creating!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Abstract Painting on Canvas Techniques and Ideas by Peter Dranitsin

Simple Ways to Create a Contemporary Style Modern Abstract Painting.

In this abstract art video presentation I will share with you the simple modern acrylic techniques I personally use to create a contemporary style abstract art painting. The key ingredient is Simplicity!
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.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.

Landscape Paintings Speak To Us Through Their Inner Beauty

From time immemorial, the artist who paints in plain air tries to capture the moment of his existence and his vision through the medium of the landscape.  It doesn’t even have to be an irregular landscape, as the plains of Kansas glow into beauty in the springtime, flatly undifferentiated but wildflower-filled.  In time, the development of landscape paintings grew from a simple horizontal line representing the ground to suggestions of mountain peaks in the background of religious paintings and at last to the portrayal of vast landholdings as seen through a window in the portraits of the rich and famous.  By the time of the Dutch masters of the 17th century, the large landscapes of Rubens showed a mastery of the techniques of perspective and delineating the subtle textures of outdoor light.  Painters in France and America developed their own unique schools, Corot in France as part of the Barbizon School and Cole in America as starting the Hudson River school of landscapists.  Alongside these developments in Western art were the Chinese mountain-water scrolls with their emphasis on the vertical placement of their subjects, naturally enough in the case of mountains.  Landscapes continue to hold our interest, as we admire such landscapists as Turner and Bierstadt, more in tune with what we consider a modern landscape in our 21st century.
Landscapes lend themselves to figurative painting, but to abstract depictions as well.  Though mostly considered a realist painter, Andrew Wyeth’s art contains an underlying abstraction, in that he plucks not only beauty from the natural world in his landscapes, but a certain emphasis on pure shape and color.  For example, in perhaps his most famous painting, Christina’s World, the crippled girl Christina has only her back showing to the viewer.  Wyeth has left her face to our imaginations, but we see her brave struggle to crawl through the deliberately abstract grass to reach the sanctuary of her home. She could be used as an example of symbolism, as well, for her dogged determination in the face of her infirmity is inspirational.  As an example of abstraction painting, it has barely a touch of that quality, yet the painting is within abstraction’s sliding scale.
Now that you’ve chosen a landscape as your next painting, what is it to be?  A place you wish to visit, a place of your own personal fond memory, or something that appeals completely to your sense of aesthetics?  Landscapes come in all shapes and sizes, from grand historical scenes of the Roman ruins to the tiny miniatures of your regionalist painter, and you will certainly find an appealing one to display in your home.  You have the choice of one of the classic categories of landscape painting genres, categorized by the Dutch masters so long ago:  the moonlight scene, the forest scene, the battle scene, the village scene, or the farm scene.  Add to these categories the grandeur of a mountain scene or the expanse of an aerial view of a landscape, and you will see how landscape paintings remain one of the most popular categories of art.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fire Yourself with Fire Abstract Art Paintings

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 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 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.

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, May 19, 2011

The Magic Behind Outerspace Abstract Paintings

We have wondered about outer space since we discovered planets, but the question of what does outer space look like had to wait until the 19th century works of Jules Verne described them in prose and a little later until Melies dreamed up his fantastic backdrops for some of the very first motion pictures around 1900.  The moon is the first and best subject for outer space paintings, at least the ones that we have as a cultural input.  The moon has a face and whether or not the markings were subjective or not doesn’t matter, as artists portraying the moon were more interesting in capturing its gentle glow than in scientific accuracy.  The sun’s brightness is taken for granted as the sun is the illumination for our days and it almost seems an intelligent presence, full and steady in its light, day after day.  But the moon is filled with mystery, shrinking or growing in proscribed manner each night until it disappears completely.  The moon has a secret life, as do the planets as they wander through our night skies.
Chesley Bonestell is the artist who sparked a nation’s interest in outer space with his meticulously detailed paintings of planets, so rendered that you could swear you were actually standing on a moon of Saturn, gazing in awe at the rings of its beautiful mother planet.  For an inspiration of the untrod field of outer space paintings, Bonestell used his own astronomical sightings from telescopes, rushing home to do his art while his impressions were still fresh.  But for the scenes on planets that no one could possibly see in the mid-20th century, he had only his imagination, laced with scientific theories of the time.  More and more, his techniques of painting which sprang from the disciplines of architecture, commercial drawing, and the magic of Hollywood special effects led him to be defined as the foremost astronomical painter.
An outer space artist needs a background in Earth’s topography and weather as well as the very latest input from astronomer’s research in order to develop a vision for a painting.  In this way, the outer space artist restores a bit of glory to the profession of artist, for when photography became prevalent in the mid-19th century, the artist as illustrator lost some luster.  The artist’s engravings and photogravure efforts gave ground to the photographer’s science and ability to capture the intimate details of a scene.  But for the imaginative portrayals of planets other than our own, the outer space artist has no peer.  Working from spectrographic records and theoretical papers, this sort of artist arranges his canvas to grasp from his imagination the planetscapes of worlds not our own.
If your interests lie in the recent past via our ventures into space, you will enjoy a piece of outer space art hanging in your home, invoking thoughts of heroism and the realization that astronauts and cosmonauts have truly gone where no one has gone before.  An abstract painting of an aurora borealis as seen from reentry of a space vehicle, for instance, could not help but inspire you to get through your day with your own sort of heroics.  If your interests lie in speculative fiction and our future in space, then an outer space painting in the style of those pioneering outer space artists will spark your imagination each and every time you look at it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Abstract Painting Techniques, How to Paint a Tree Video Lesson PetesOrig...

In this video I share with you how I painted one of my original landscape abstract paintings called "Time Reflection"

Advantage and Unique Qualities of Original Abstract Art vs Prints

Why would you want an original painting in any genre of art?  Why not buy a print or even run a copy of your favorite abstract piece off your home office copier or scanner?  Because as much as you are unique, your taste in art is unique and you desire more than a cheaply produced item in your possession.  Whether it is for a gift or a reward that you give to yourself, you desire the best that you can afford.  And original abstract paintings say to others just as much as you say to yourself, “I am unique.  My home is the showcase for my personality, and I own original art.”  When your home bespeaks your unique taste, it will shine as a refuge and place of warmth for your family and your friends.
Of course, our home is the first place of honor for our art choices, but when we want to delight our friends or family members with a truly unique gift, what do we think of?  We think of something signed, personally designated as that artist’s work of a certain time and place.  Original abstract art gives us the wherewithal to bestow upon our fellows a piece of time and we can’t do better than that.  Other professional reasons for purchasing original art may include investment, for the wisely-chosen piece of today is entrusted to the future of our personal wealth.  Moving beyond the independent aspect, if an institution hires you to be a personal ‘picker’ of well-thought-out art, your expertise will be valued even more when you opt to purchase original art.  Your client knows of your proclivity for good taste.  Why original abstract paintings?  The reasons are many, as you have seen.
Once you determine the reason for buying original abstract paintings, you may shop online in the ease of your own timeframe, browsing and sampling different artists, different galleries.  There are over 20000 websites selling art and you cannot go wrong by choosing to add an abstract painting to your home.  Don’t be afraid of displaying your taste and trusting in your own intuition.  Your personal taste is the final test.  Perhaps an artist is very popular and the painting is a good investment; so what?  The best choice for you is when a painting touches your emotions and you know it is something you can live with.
We are in awe of artists and their techniques for turning acrylic paint and canvas into a work of art using only brushes and their imaginations.  Good technique is valuable, certainly, but more valuable to you as a collector is that exciting spark that reaches from the artist to their work and back to you, the collector.  There is no substitute for that spark and if the piece simply doesn’t have it for you, then the fact that the artist can control his use of the material is irrelevant.  You will not enjoy the piece thoroughly, even though the artist is popular.  You are your own best judge of taste.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More Landscape Abstract Art Paintings for Your Enjoyment

Here is another landscape painting called "Carefully Planted" that I just added to my original online art gallery. This was a custom piece for one of my good customers. The idea here was to paint an abstract landscape with having trees on water. Three separate canvases different sizes: 18x24", 24x30", and 20x30" that is hung on different levels in relation to each other. The most rewarding thing for me is when I hear the person for whom the custom painting was created being sincerely exited about newly created painting! It is definitely priceless!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Original Landscape Painting "Nice to See You" by Peter Dranitsin


It is absolutely addicting to fall into a creative process of landscape abstract art! Taking real life subjects like trees and transforming them into something that no one has ever seen before.

What is Abstract Art and How Do We Approach It

When we think Abstract Art, what comes to mind? For most of us, it is a grand painting on canvas. It’s classic. And most of us want and even need art in our lives, from enthusiastic finger-painted drawings that our parents put on the refrigerator to our later efforts in higher education that we remember with pride. When we establish our own homes and at last get the moving boxes disposed of, we look around. What to do with those walls? Is it time to drag out the poster that we used to cover up a stain on our dreary apartment expanse of eggshell white? No, it’s time to get serious about art in our lives. This is where abstract art on canvas comes in.
Everyone makes art, to some degree. The style of clothing that we wear presents ourselves to the world in a form of art. Now how to extend our style to our homes, that is the question. We live in the 21st century, we have access via the internet to livetime tours of the Louvre and to the most recent local art festival, so all we have to do now is choose. The world of art on canvas is spread before us, impressionism and Dadaism and post-modernism, it all boggles the mind. Then one theme stands out: abstract art. There is a sliding scale of realism in abstract art and we like that. We could take a photograph and frame it if we wanted total realism, but we want art, that plucking out of nature the elements that strike our fancy and involve our minds. What is abstract art on canvas? We shall see how it is actually the culmination of centuries of artistic expression.
Our first finger-paintings might be called the handprints on a cave wall that our ancestors did when they expressed ourselves, but we are 21st century sophisticates. With the greater relevance of technology to modern society, a new sort of art emerges, abstract art that is built on the shoulders of the past yet looks forward to an ever-changing future. The thrill of abstract art is that it is absolutely up-to-the-moment and we feel truly like art collectors with a much larger budget when we have a piece of abstract art on our wall, enlivening the entire room with an artistic focal point. Abstract art on canvas offers the modern collector the most attainable form of creating an abstract art collection. Painted by an artist using the modern, long-lasting medium of acrylic paint, your new painting stands as the way to portray your home as a place of refinement.
So, you’ve chosen your artwork. You’ve found the perfect piece, in theme, size and color. Should you frame it, or not? Framed or hung simply using its stretchers at that perfect place in your home, you admire it for hours at a time. And then, the next logical step, you want to share it. Throw a party to showcase your new acquisition, mention it at work, take digital pictures and share it via emails to your friends and family, if you love it you will do all these things because art truly has an important place in your life. You have joined the 21st century.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Best Tips in Creating Original Modern Abstract Art Paintings by Peter Dranitsin

Best Tips in Creating Original Modern Abstract Art Paintings by Peter Dranitsin

Creating something unusual and eye catching using acrylic paint on canvas is what I enjoy the most when creating my modern abstract art paintings. To be honest with you I do not spend most of my time coming up with the ideas for my artworks, instead I dive into creating process by going with the optimistic feelings and self propelling energy. Creating paintings spontaneously with minimum effort of preplanned sketch is what make this process so much enjoyable and fun.
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.

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Amazing Abstract Paintings Online Art Gallery by Peter Dranitsin

Amazing Abstract Paintings Online Art Gallery by Peter Dranitsin
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Free Art Gallery Customized Widgets

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Abstract Art Video Lessons

Abstract Art Video Lessons
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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.

Display Your Painting in Virtual Room Softwre

Display Your Painting in Virtual Room Softwre
upload multiple images of your paintings into virtual rooms and get a professional looking images that you can use to advertise your artwork

Painting Video Lessons

Painting Video Lessons
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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 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.


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.


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 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.


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)

Beautiful Words

Beautiful Words
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Through Golden Seas

Through Golden Seas
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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.

Learn How To Paint Abstract Art Paintings by Peter Dranitsin

Learn How To Paint Abstract Art Paintings by Peter Dranitsin
Learn how to paint abstract art paintings with acrylic paint using modern techniques, tips & tools


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
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
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
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 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
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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
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: as well as having one of my paintings featured on wine labels: 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
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 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

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).
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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'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 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 five years...four major surgeries, husband died, cancer, I almost died twice in 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' 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 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