Thursday, June 30, 2011

What is it like being an Abstract Artist Question and Answer.

Question:Well this isn’t a question I just felt like telling you that your work is really inspiring. I would literally buy some of your artwork but I am still a teenager in high school with no money. Anyways I actually do have a question now that I think about it. Did you go to an Art School did you major in Art I really plan in going to the arts institute. Although a lot of people tell me that artist don’t really get paid a lot. But it truly is my dream to major in art. I just don’t know exactly what its like to be an artist out there. I would really appreciate it if you give me some advice. Thank you 

Answer: Thank you very much for your feedback! As far as your question what is it like being an abstract artist I would say it is truly up to the individual person on how far they want to go. If this is your dream than I would definitely encourage you to pursuit it the rest will come along. As in my personal situation being an artist I would say it is truly rewarding experience and a way of life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Painting Acrylic Fire Effect on Canvas for Modern Abstract Art Painting Composition.

One of the special techniques that you can utilize is creating acrylic fire effect as in you will see in the painting "Abstract Chemistry" down below. As you have noticed all four canvases consist of light and dark sides the fire can go either direction from light to dark and vice verse. For this acrylic effect you may use special acrylic medium that will help you to get the better flow of paint which is called "Flow Aid". The first thing that you would need to do before you start is to make sure you distribute color on the canvas from light on one side and dark on the other. I would also recommend blending those colors with a sponge or a brush. After you complete this first step the second step is simple all you would need to do is to apply heavier paint mixed with special medium to one side and tilt the canvas to let the paint flow downward. Now you got the acrylic fire on canvas!

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

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Creating Abstract Art by Painting on Multiple Canvases.

A very modern and creative way to create abstract art paintings is to paint the abstract idea on multiple canvases. The way to do this is simply lay down 2,3,4,5... canvases in the row on the floor close to each other. I would recommend to use some type of weight to hold them in place that you will need to locate on each side of the outside canvases.   This way the painting will not get disturbed or moved out of its place. 

Simple Way to Create Modern Landscape Abstract Painting.

Painting Angels and Hearts for a Modern Abstract Art Painting Theme.

One of my favorite abstract art ideas is painting angels and hearts for modern abstract art painting theme. The magical and spiritual elements transform the painting into something more than just art! It brings love and peace to the minds of those who appreciate this type of art and it also makes a great gift for someone special in your life. I actually have a video where I have painted this painting down below called "Angels and Hearts". You can find it on my video page on my online art gallery at:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Color Versus Black and White Background Abstract Painting Technique.

In this abstract art technique I will talk about using color vs black and white background. As you see in this painting called "Innerself" the middle portion of it stands out from the black and white background due to the contrast of color vs black and white background. It is simple but effective technique. You can also go the other way and have a black and white element(s) on a colorful background. 

Using Bubble Rap to Create Interesting Acrylic Painting Effect.

In this video I have demonstrated the one way you can use bubble rap to create an interesting acrylic painting effect. I have used small bubble rap and white liquitex acrylic paint to paint stones.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Idea behind Rough and Beautiful Abstract Art Paintings Techniques.

One way to approach abstract art paintings is to paint rough using thick layers of paint and at the same time maintain clear and distinct appearance. This is completely opposite of fine arts which I personally prefer. I enjoy going absolutely freely at the canvas expressing my ideas with each individual touch. In the painting down below called "As it Shines" which resembles a cityscape under the sun. As you can see it has a rough appearance but you can easily define the subject of this painting. As I mentioned many times in the past do not be afraid of making mistakes. That is how you learn and you will make mistakes. There were number of paintings I personally painted over many many times until I got the result that I was looking for. As a matter of fact many of those painted over paintings are one of my personal favorites. Simply because when you paint over them many times you are actually adding structure to it which makes it even more better appreciated. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Key Ingredient In Creating Eye Catching Abstract Painting on Canvas.

The key ingredient in creating eye catching abstract painting on canvas is to try to connect different levels of depth together that will blow viewers minds away. As in the painting down below you will notice that I have painted two distinct surfaces or levels with small and large circle. You will also notice that both of those surfaces connected to each-other. This is the key to eye catching appearance. Now try to create multiple surfaces and connect them as I did in this painting and see how that will look. The more you make it tricky for the eye to notice those things the more abstract your created painting will appear. When you are done with this painting email me if you like with the image and I will give you my input on it. Good luck and have fun with it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Way to Approach a Fantasy Abstract Art Theme Paintings.

When you think about painting a fantasy theme painting I would personally suggest to go with darker background and having bright spots in the painting some place. As in the paintings you see down below it will create this magical appearance as if you are looking into someones imagination. Try to create a balance between dark and bright tones. It is better to make the painting a little brighter than having it to dark. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Working With Acrylic Structure on Canvas and Painting Structured Background.

Usually it is two to three step process of creating a structured Abstract Art Painting. I personally prefer using Light Molding Paste by Golden Acrylics which is a special effect acrylic medium that works excellent to create structures. It is light weight and dries fast. It tends to also absorb the color so it is advisable to use golden acrylic paint or similar high pigmented acrylic paint so it will maintain its contrast and brightness.

The first step in creating structured painting is to apply the special medium paste (such as light molding paste). Allow the medium to dry for one to two hours. After it is dry apply paint first coat. It really depends on your taste you can paint first coat with light colors and the second coat you can do in darker color tones. When you do apply the second coat it would be only lightly touched to the surface touching the rough structured edges of the medium paste. This will create the contrast making the painting to stand out even more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How to Make your Original Abstract Paintings to Stand Out.

It is always a good idea to try to include some type of focal point in your original abstract painting. You may do this by creating some type of contrast that breaks the monotone appearance of the general background. For example in the painting "Orange House" I have made sure that the orange square is centralized and stands out with its overall brightness and depth perception from the background. There lots of ways you can achieve this goal one of which creating black and white background and having multicolored focal point that will capture the viewers eye and make them say "Wow!" to themselves. 

"Orange House" original abstract art painting by Peter Dranitsin

Monday, June 20, 2011

Abstract Art Painting Technique Discussion Post Five.

Q: I like your drawing and painting techniques, my question is: i know many kind of color like oil , water color , pastel, what kind of color you use in your painting? what is abstract painting?

A: If I understand your question correctly, I use only high quality acrylic paint. As far as how to define an abstract painting, it is simply a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

Q: Hi, what do you brush on the canvas before you start applying the black paint? Nice work btw!

A: Usually I apply water and sometimes I lay a coat of white acrylic paint

Q: Have you used up side down brush making those interesting circles___I like them a lot and painting is so pretty!!!

A: Yes I do use up side down brush on fresh paint. As you've mentioned it makes an interesting effect :)

Q: You are amazing. You are teaching me so much. I cannot wait to try this, especially with the sponge. I love the sponge effect. Thank you for your videos.

A: Thank you and have fun with it!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Abstract Art Painting Technique Discussion Post Four.

Q: What you are adding to the paint that is so easy to work with?

A: For the most part I add only water and use high quality acrylic paint.

Q: Wow. Seriously, wow. Your talent is amazing and I am in awe of how easy you make it appear. You've also inspired me to try my own hand at abstract painting--though I doubt I will ever be anywhere near as good as you are.

A: Thank you so much for your nice comments!

Q: Thanks for sharing your work, do you let the paint dry before you put the next color on?

A: Usually I like to work on fresh paint, but sometimes I would let it dry before applying second or third coat.

Q: Nice video lesson and great work. I'm just wondering, what's the clear coat that you brush on the canvas before applying paint?

A: Sometimes I cover the canvas with white acrylic paint before I start painting with color. Thank you for asking!

Q: How do you make the acrylics look so thin? When I paint with a brush every stroke is thick and wide. What is your technique?

A: I simply add plenty of water. Thank you for asking.

Q: Your really good at what you do. I really like your use of bold plain colors and the way you work ur magic on the canvas.

A: thank you so much for your comments!

Q: Wow, Peter that was probably the best 8 minutes I spent all day! I just had a question about your process, do you plan your paintings ahead of time by sketching them or just thinking about them or do you just go with the flow?

A: Thank you for asking, usually I just go with the flow. Sometimes it does not turn out the way I want it, however it is still a learning process :)

Q: Is the sponge dry or a little bit moist? are you using different sponges for different color areas, or use the same and let the previous colors (already on the sponge) blend in?

A: I alternate when to use wet, dry or painted sponge. Thank you for asking!

Q: Hello Peter, I haven't painted in so long that , not that I started again I am lost. I don't know where to start, so if you would be able to answer some questions for me I would really appreciate it a lot. What kind of canvas do you use? When you start painting , do you actually have an idea in mind ? Or is whatever you feel at the moment? Also is there a specific brand of acrylics that you use? Thank you in advance, Andrada

A: Thank you for your question Andrada! I use 1.5 inch gallery style stretched and primed cotton canvas. When I start creating abstract painting I have a blurry subject in mind which I transform into a abstract art. And I prefer to use Liquitex paints due to their unique qualities.

Q: Hi, I'd like to purchase your video tutorials. What payment methods do you accept and am I able to download the videos to my computer once I sign up? Thanks very much.

A: For payment method I take PayPal and Major Credit Cards. When you subscribe for 1,2, or 6 month you will be able to watch unlimited videos with one code that will be sent to your email you specified. You can also subscribe to watch individual abstract art videos. As far as downloading - you can only download videos to your desktop individually for a price specified under each video. You will get the download link instantly as soon as you complete your payment. If you need further assistance do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Abstract Art Painting Techniques Discussion Third Post.

Q: Hi Peter, please allow me a small question. What do you use for the transition? foam? floss? cloth? If it's no secret I would be grateful for the advice. thank you thank you very much your big fan.

A: I like to use a variety of different tools and techniques for transitions. For the most part I prefer to use sponge since it leaves a nice soft color blending and transition. I also like to utilize other tools to contrast the soft transition like a spatula. Having variety in the abstract paintings does make a big difference at the end!

Q: Your paintings are always interesting and always beautiful! They are so fluid too!! where do you get your inspiration? I have a hard time with what do I want to create. What images, etc.

A: Thank you so much for your comments! When I observe the world around me I always try to ask myself how I would transform an object, colors etc... into an abstract painting :)

Q: Your work is amazing! I would like to know what are you using to get that water color look. you know when spill water on a piece of paper and everything starts to bleed. :/

A: I use high quality acrylic paint and water. Because of high pigmentation in the acrylic paint that I am using I am able to add enough water without loosing the intensity in color.

Q: Hello Peter, your creativity is very inspirational. I'm getting set to do my first painting and I am drawn to your abstract style and dramatic applications of color. I watched your Futuristic demonstration, and wanted to know if that was bubble wrap I saw you using at one point? Thank you and keep up the fantastic work! Jason, Toronto, Canada

A: Thank you Jason, yes I did use bubble rap at one point on that painting. That's what I love the most about creating abstract art is the creative approach to it! Good luck to you!

Q: I absolutely love the colors and the different techniques you use! I love how some of your work are rough and edgy while others are well blended and have a smooth flow. Where do you get your inspiration from? I recently just picked up a paint brush again after several years, and I seem to have a creative block, I feel stuck when I look at my blank canvas..

A: Thank you for your comments. When I create paintings I have moments where I do not get the desired result. I continue to work on the painting brainstorming ideas as I go along. As a result I get inspired by getting to the paint where the painting turns out more than what I could have wished for.

Q: hey do you blend so well w/ acrylics?? b/c they dry super fast.?

A: keep the paint moist by adding plenty of water (but not too much)

Q: Hi, Pete, I like your work very much. actually you're an inspiration for me. I'm watching all of your vids and i hope you'll provide some more.can you please tell me how long did it take you to make this painting?

A: I am glad that my art video lessons have inspired you. As far as how long it takes me to create an abstract painting, it depends on the painting size and subject matter. Usually not longer than one day.

Q: Thank you for showing some of your painting technique.

A: you most welcome!

Q: What you are adding to the paint that is so easy to work with?

A: For the most part I add only water and use high quality acrylic paint.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Abstract Art Painting Techniques Discussion Second Post.

Q: Hi Peter :) I love your work so so so much. I'm going to uni in September to study Fine art and I've been told that for the first year of my course I will be creating abstract paintings. I have never really done any abstract paintings, I've been doing to some research and I came across yourself, I'm amazed by your talent. I just wanted to know is there any specific technique or style to use for first time abstract painting? Or should I just put paint to paper and see where my mind takes it? If that makes sense. Thanks Emma.

A: Thank you Emma, I would suggest to just give it a try and see where you mind takes you. It would be easier to do this on stretched canvas since acrylic paint is fast drying you can paint over it as many times as you like. When you start just thing of blurry subject and see how you can use your creativity to compose it in an abstract way to make it eye catching.

Q: What is the price for the lessons on dvds?

A: I apologize at this time I only can offer digital download of my abstract art video presentations.

Q: Hi Peter, my name is George, from Crete, Greece. I have always had a warm spot in my heart for painting and having stumbled on your instruction videos i thought I should start painting. I think I should continue with oils because acrylics dry fast. What would your recommend to a beginner?

A: I would personally recommend watercolors and acrylics. The oils are very hard to work with if you don't know what you doing. They also very hard to mix together it is much much different than water-based paint that you have more control over.

Q: Hi Pete, You inspire me to go back to painting and drawing after blocking myself for so long..., my question is, do you give courses? You do an amazing job. Thanks.

A: I am truly delighted that my abstract painting videos motivate others to start painting! I have dedicated a special page on my website where I provide more art videos on how to paint at

Q: Your work is amazing and I was just wondering what are all the different tools you use to create you pieces?

Q: this sizes are in centimeters or feet? i dont k now im from europe,i want to buy here but i dont know the sizes

A: All paintings on this website are measured in inches. Thank you for asking.

Q: Hello, I was wondering how close you get in recreating a painting... I really love the purple river. But am afraid it won't be anything like it. How does the recreation work?

A: I do my best to get as close as possible to the original painting. The way the recreation process work is after the payment is received for the painting that has to be recreated I would gather all the required materials to include stretched canvases, paint, I would than paint the painting trying to match the colors and theme of the original. After I am finished I would email you to let you know that the painting is finished and I would also post the image of the created painting on my website under custom art page. If you would need any adjustments done to the painting I would be glad to get those worked in. If for some reason you are unsatisfied with the final result I would just refund the money no question asked. However in case if you decide that you don't want the painting in the middle of the process because you changed your mind I would still refund your money but keep 10% restocking fee. My ultimate goal is to make sure that all my customers completely satisfied and I will do everything that I can to meet that goal.

Q: Delightful to watch over your shoulder while you paint. Thank you for sharing with us.

A: Thank you for watching my art videos and your nice comments!

Q: Goodmoring Peter, I'm a Dutch woman who was surfing on they internet, and stopped with surfing until I find what I was looking for. I'm just an amateur. I have been painting many years and also I lost my inspiration for many years because I was straggling and there was no space for any kind of inspiration. So now Í was ready for some painting lessons and there was you ...on the internet! Wow that's what I was looking for! I have looked almost all you videos on YouTube and I loved them!! I've been running to the shop to buy paint and anything that I need to make something wonderful and have made it. I did copied your paintings and I hope you don't mind. I will like to make a many more paintings with your style and sell them when I have a lot of them. I will sell them for charity, people who are in need. That's my goal. I like to thank you for your videos, because of your videos have returned my inspiration! I like to ask you few questions: what kind of underground do you use? Gesso? and what kind of paint which mark do you use? And what kind of brushes do you use to make interesting lines? With the best regards from me and Holland.

A: Thank you for your comments. I have no problem with people using my painting techniques on their paintings. That is why I share my art videos. Usually I do not use anything on the canvas before I start painting. Sometimes I wet the canvas surface and sometimes I add white paint before I begin applying colors. I use liquitex acrylic paint and the brushes are just regular brushes that have thin sharp edges on the other end. Thank you again for your nice comments and your questions!

Q: Hi peter, thanks for the tutorial video. How long the learning process that you need to become an expert like that? Have you do some trial and error at the beginning your abstract work? or is it just flowing from your amazing talent?

A: I was lucky to be influenced to art and painting from very childhood. My mother is a professional artist and art teacher in St. Petersburg Russia. This has definitely made a big difference in the way I looked at art. Thank you for asking!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Abstract Art Painting Technique Discussion

Q: Just wondering if the paintings you have come with frames?

A: I do not provide the frame, however this type of modern art paintings are not intended to be hanged with the frame.

Q: Hello Pete. I am interested in downloading some of your lessons but not sure how it works. Does the subscription only last a week and do I get to keep the lesson How long does the lesson last Hope you can help with my inquiry .Love your work. Thanks

A: Thank you for your interest in my art video lessons. The way it works is simple when you buy to download the video you will get the link to download it instantly after your payment is complete. You will download it to your computer and will be able to watch it any time as many times as you like because it will be yours to keep. If you choose to subscribe you will get a code that you will enter under that video to stream it from my website for duration that is specified in this case 7 days after which the code will be deactivated.I hope I answered your questions and if you should have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Q: hi pete : i am amazed with your art work you deff have a gift soooo talented my question is... i love the piece other side how do you manage to paint the circles and the effect of it is it possible to have your permission to recreat it .... thank you your work inspires me

A: Thank you for your comments. I have no problem with you painting something similar. Good luck and have fun with it

Q: Hi Pete Im an artist from the UK and struggling to find out what I need to get on the web like you. Who do you use for your package and what level of service do you use. i.e. how much web space bandwidth etc do you require. Love your art so creative. Jase.

A: The amount of space you would need depends on what you are planning to display on your website. I personally use business account with unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth. I hope this helps.

Q: Where do I find your downloads on abstract painting lessons And what is the cost. Im a beginner and love your work. Thanks Gary

A: Gary you can find them on this page under each video there is a download button. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Q: Hi Pete. I dont have a question just wanted to say WOW I need to be re-inspired and you have just done that. You have a wonderful gift and a great website. Thank you so much for sharing

A: You welcome

Q: Hello Pete I somehow stumbled across your youtube video and website. I really love your work and would like to know if its possible to purchase some of your paintings without the frame I live in Asia and would like to acquire some paintings for my home. Let me know if this is possible to ship items over here through Fed Ex or UPS Keep up the great work Tim

A: I do ship World Wide. Please let me know which paintings you were interested in.

Q: Hi Pete Fantastic art work Can I ask you how do you get the acrylic paint to flow so well do you use a flow medium also what brand of acrylics do you use

A: I would suggest Liquitex Flow Aid

Q: Hi Pete I would like to recreate your art titled White Castle. I really want to make it and need your permission for that. Hope you agree. Thank you so much. I am a boy from Nepal residing in Sydney as an International Student. Thank you so much

A: I have no problem with this. Thank you for asking and have fun with it!

Q: Hi Pete. I just came across your website and I think your work is beautiful! I'm very inspired just looking at it... I was wondering which paint and consistency you use in your squeeze bottles?? Thanks very much.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Painting Elliptical or Circular Shapes Using Spatula and Acrylic Paint.

It is very simple to create an attractive elliptical or circular shape using spatula. All you need to do is create a nice background and on still fresh acrylic paint apply light pressure with spatula and in a circular motion create an elliptical or circular shape.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Using Wired Brush for Acrylic Abstract Painting Effects Creating Parallel Lines.

You may also try to use a wired brush to create parallel lines on fresh acrylic paint. I personally found it useful and creative way to make random interesting lines. To achieve acrylic painting effect do not limit yourself to one tool try to explore different other methods and tools that are out there.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Creating Acrylic Special Effect using Window Washer Tool to Smudge Acrylic Paint.

A simple technique I personally use in many of my abstract art paintings is smudging paint using window washer. I love this technique because it creates a nice background and the effect of blurry smudged acrylic paint is perfect for the backgrounds. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Explore New Creative Modern Abstract Painting Ideas.

Look around yourself and find an object that catches your eye. Try to analyze why does it catch your eye, what elements make this object to stand out. These types of questions you should ask yourself when brainstorming for an abstract art painting ideas. There are many things that you can use for an abstract idea, such as man made objects such as all types of different mechanisms, tools, structures as well as what nature has to offer such things like tree trunks, ground textures, water and much much more!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Creating Modern Acrylic Abstract Art Paintings on Canvas Using Variety of Different Tools and Materials.

This is a short video introduction for one of my original modern abstract art paintings called "Tales of Seasons". You can view this entire abstract art video presentation on my website. I hope you enjoy!

Acrylic Painting of a Horse on Stretched Canvas.

This is one of my short abstract art video presentation where I paint a horse painting called "Horse Reflection". I am using liquitex acrylic paint and stretched 8x8" inch canvas. The acrylic art painting technique is simple where I also utilize spatula for manipulation of a paint.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Adding Abstract Art Elements to Your Old Painting Making It Look More Appealing.

In this video I will update my old painting with new abstract art elements. It does help sometimes to take your old paintings and make them look better than they already are.

Quick Pencil Sketch of a Horse on 8x8" Stretched Canvas.

In this free video lesson I will show you a simple way to sketch a horse using pencil. When you dedicate time to create simple and quick sketches you will eventually build a good hand movement and you will have better understanding of how to compose an idea for your next original acrylic modern painting.

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

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

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Surrounded By Spirits of Nature Abstract Art Paintings.

For those who wish to link themselves and their choices of art to literally all mankind, nature paintings are the answer.  Who among us is not from nature and has not had nature in their life, even if they live in the concrete jungle of the big city?  Even in such a sophisticated milieu, the touch of nature is sought by city planners who design streets with quick-growing trees and flower boxes upon storefronts.  Planners are people-wise and they know that a completely barren cityscape is anathema to the mind of the average person who yearns for a touch of green foliage in his daily life, though he may not realize the longing.  Such planners realize that to be optimally productive, the person must see nature in any form in their work environment as well as their home environment.  Many is the office cubicle with a hanging plant that is tenderly nurtured by a staff busy with the trappings of making a business successful.  A nature painting is much less trouble than a plant and reaches more people because of its scope.
Nature paintings can range from an O’Keeffe depiction of a glorious flower in full bloom to the detailed landscape of a member of the Hudson River school of America, yet abstract paintings of nature can likewise fill the yearning of our souls for the touch of nature that makes our days bearable.  How many of us would gather around an abstract painting of a desert, picking out the mysterious winding canyons with their red sandstone colors and maize striations in the walls of the ravine undercut by a long-ago flood?  Simply engaging in that behavior is an activity that melds like minds and makes for a congenial working camaraderie.  The use of nature art as a binding force upon a group of colleagues is not to be underestimated.
And don’t allow the earth to be your boundary when choosing a nature painting!  Nature includes other planets, as well.  Journeying through nebulae and asteroid fields, swooping down upon the numerous planets that have been discovered in recent years as they spin around distant stars, the scope of the term ‘nature painting’ has grown to encompass outer space.  At the other end of the spectrum, inner space, or microscopic art, can be said to be a form of nature painting and certainly has many intriguing shapes and colors.  What of the delicate strands of algae that enable our earth to manufacture oxygen and keep us in the loop of life?  Those life-giving bits of gossamer green have a beauty all their own.  If you can hang a picture of interwoven green and blue algae and find a sofa and wall color to match, you will have created a unique office or home environment for yourself, your loved ones, or colleagues in which to bask and refresh the mind.  It sounds soothing to even think about, doesn’t it?  So get busy and choose an artistic piece to foster that sense of peace and intellectual repose that such a retreat would engender.  You can’t go wrong with a nature painting.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Intertwined Beauty of Music and Abstract Art Original Paintings.

Like the rest of us, you enjoy music and you’ve often thought of owning a piece of music art, to meld the two passions of your life.  It can be done.  Music art consists of depictions of musicians and music itself. That last one sound impossible?  Very well, let us begin with the first, a portrayal of musicians.  Perhaps you love the symphony and even have season tickets.  Every performance, matinee or evening, you come away with a glow of pure happiness.  Why not commission a painting of your favorite orchestra, playing their hearts out to glorious music.  If you have a favorite member, say First Seat Violin, your artist may spend a little extra time on her, even making her features stand out from the rest of the orchestra as she is portrayed in the dress that you like her most in.  It will be a challenge that a professional artist will gladly take up.
If your taste extends to jazz, a fewer number of people will be the subject, but then the artist has room to make them idiosyncratic in form, just as they are in real life.  Look at that lead trombonist.  Doesn’t he have a very particular way of arching back as he uses the slide to coax out those brassy notes?  Tell your artist about that favorite pose, and you will wind up with a highly distinctive piece of music art.
Opera music is your special love, you say?  Then the emphasis will be placed on an individual artist, unless you desire a set piece from a favorite opera such as the sextet from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor.’  Most likely, a diva has captured your heart and you would truly enjoy seeing her portrait on your wall.  She may be in full Viking regalia as she triumphantly sings the Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner, or perhaps trills the delicate aria from the tragic end of ‘Madame Butterfly.’  A piece of music art depicting some of the fantastic costumes from opera would be a delight any artist as he gets down on canvas just the perfect sheen of satin and ruffle of delicate lace from around the throat of a famous singer.  All in all, if you desire a piece of music art, you cannot go wrong with opera.
Should pop music be your forte, then most likely your color palette will be bright and loud, bringing a lot of energy into the painting.  You could ask for an abstract rendering from Michael Jackson’s video Thriller, for instance, which joins the film world with the music world with the dancing world.  That’s a lot of artistic appeal in one painting!  Whatever you decide upon commissioning, when you get the piece home and hang it upon your wall, you will have a sensory experience to be proud of and which to share happily.
As to depicting music itself, many think of music in the form of colors, in a way that transcends the musical scale or even writing down music in note form itself.  This rarefied technique must be discussed in detail with your favorite artist, as the colors in your mind that translate into music will naturally be extremely subjective.  For example, if you think of a chord as the yellow-orange part of the color wheel, then you will need to describe that to your artist and allow him to work that into his painting; perhaps, to him, the same chord says, ‘blue-green’!  Communication is the way to go to receive the desired end of the project, one that will satisfy client and artist both.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Acrylic Painting Techniques Painting Apples in the Basket by Dranitsin

In this modern acrylic art painting video I paint apples in the basket. As you have noticed I used the brush and black acrylic paint to paint the outlines first and than I moved adding color to the painting. I used the sponge to make smooth transition as I usually do. At the end I got dark background and bright apples that create good contrast to each other and provide good focal point.

Discover New Modern Abstract Art Painting Style and Start Creating Original Paintings.

You began with store-bought canvases, but now you’re ready for the big time: making your own canvas abstract art original paintings. As you head to the craft store, you ponder the basics of canvas material and stretcher boards. Pine is the usual wood used for stretchers, but you have an idea. Why not balsa? Both of your projected goals are to be on lightweight canvas, after all, and you needn’t a heavy-duty saw to prepare balsa wood for use as a stretcher, as your craft saw will do just as well. The clerk agrees when she sees your sketch of the highly anticipated projects, and shows you to the canvases. You choose a lighter sort of canvas to make your double goals of canvas panels and stretched canvases, in the handy width of 50 inches, because you decide on the spur of the moment to make the two projects at the same time. A 50-inch width will result in two 20x24-inch pieces of canvas. “Don’t make your canvases any larger than this for the first time,” warns the clerk, “because they may warp.” So you journey home happily from the craft store, though you keep the clerk’s business card with phone number, just in case of problems.
You lay out your material on the flat surface that you have cleared, and begin making canvas paintings. For your project of constructing canvas panels, you place mounting board down on your table and cut to the desired 20x24-inch measurement, and then place the mounting board on top of your canvas material and trim the canvas to one inch larger than the mounting board, all around the board. After applying glue to the back of the canvas, you place the board and the canvas together, trim the corners and fold down the edges. You weight the glued canvas evenly with a drawing board, and let it dry overnight.
In the meantime, you cannot wait and you start your work with the balsa wood stretchers. You’re well-skilled with a miter box and saw in 45-degree miter edges to the end of your balsa wood stretchers. You assemble them into a 20x24-inch rectangle, gluing the edges just to be sure to get them square and professional-looking by using a T-square to firm them up. You staple or nail them together and begin the hard part: waiting until morning until the glue dries.
It’s morning already! You hurry to your projects and see that the glue has dried as you’d planned. You begin your day by returning to the canvas panels project. From the roll of heavy brown backing paper, you cut a rectangle slightly smaller than your 20x24-inch panel, glue it to the back of the panel, weight it and begin the drying process once more. This step acts as a counter-mount and prevents warping. Once dried tomorrow, it will be ready to be painted, but onward to the stretching of the canvas on your dried balsa wood stretchers! After cutting a piece of canvas 22x26-inches, place the stretcher as evenly as possible on the canvas, so that an equally-wide margin of 1-inch appears around the frame. Tack gently in the center of each side, then grip the 1-inch edge with pliers and hammer more firmly a tack on each side of the center about 2 inches apart. Repeat until each side has three tacks, and finally progress from the center towards the corners, alternately on each side, until the entire canvas is tacked. A trained clerk will have given you wedges to hammer in the corners to take up any slack; finish this last step and voila! You are ready to paint your art project, and you have constructed your very own canvas panels and stretched your very own canvas.

Implementing New Acrylic Abstract Art Modern Painting Techniques.

If you are an artist, you have a passion.  Your passion is Modern Abstract Art .  Why bother with expensive oils which can take a long time to dry, when there is the less expensive and just as colorful media of acrylic paintings?  If you call yourself an artist, your mind flowers with ideas, so many that your day doesn’t have enough hours in it to put them all down on canvas.  First you sketch an outline of what you want to paint, then you add the color.  If your medium is oil, you may use acrylics as a base underpainting, but why stop there when you can use acrylics for the final embellishments as well?  Many artists use acrylics with a grayish or grayish-blue hue as an undercoat because this adds depth to the finished work.  If an artist uses this technique, then he can have a number of paintings in various stages of completion, thus fueling the synergy of his work: Work A, for instance, may be nearing completion and lacks only the addition of shadows to the subject, while Work B has the requisite background but needs the foreground fleshed out more, while Work C is in the first stages of underpainting as the artist searches for just the right colors to bring out the richness of the projection final appearance of the work.  It is a system that prolific artists use and it works well for the artistic temperament, as inspiration strikes at various times and rarely does a painting become the entire focus of an artist’s day, start to finish.
Acrylics do offer the advantage of a fast drying time, so that an artist paints and waits perhaps thirty minutes for a layer of average thickness to dry.  If the paint on the palette dries out quicker than the artist likes, he may construct a simple wet palette, consisting of a flat-bottomed basin, a layer of wet paper towels, and a piece of parchment on top, as the parchment is slow to absorb water and thus is used as the keeper of the workspace palette, that is, the particular paints unique to that individual painting.  The paints may stay wet as long as a few days.  As the layers grow in complexity, the paint seems to reveal little by little the artistic vision until at last, the finished work stands.  Now comes the final drying time, and then the work is ready for shipping or placing in the gallery to be admired and purchased by a lucky someone.  The timing of the marketing of a piece is key and if the general timeframe of drying is known, then the artist and client alike will have a general idea of when the acrylic painting will be completed.  This makes for a pleasant client and artist relationship on both sides.
At the mundane end of the scale, acrylics do not have the overwhelming fumes that oil paints exude; in a closed environment such as a studio, this will be important to the artist and client as well, as they do not breathe in the pungent aroma.  A further plus is that acrylics clean up with water, rather than solvent, likewise less smelly for the studio environment.  All of these advantages point to acrylics paint being the best, most effect way to bring a piece of art to life.

Monday, June 6, 2011

White signature, Original Acrylic Painting Video Lesson by Peter Dranitsin

Painting with black and white acrylic pain
t is the most rewarding experience that I enjoy the most. Black and white abstract art paintings create a sense of elegance in its colors and tones. The simple reason for that is because our human eye is not getting districted with other than. These colors are neutral and opposite of each other like day and night. In this abstract art video lesson I have created this painting called "White Signature" Where I use black and white acrylic liquitex paint and using sponge to create depth in the painting.

Capturing Beauty of Nature On Canvas with Acrylic Paint

We are natural creatures, reacting to nature paintings in a deeply visceral way.  In our real lives, when we see a rich sunset, we admire it in the midst of our busy day.  When we see a wave break upon a beach, we pause to await the next one.  We know absolutely that Nature will renew itself.  The mountains may be worn down with the erosion of a glacier, but they will rise in another location, thrust upwards by upheavals too strong for granite to withstand.  More and more, our 21st century lifestyles make us treasure Nature and desire to reconnect with our basic human origins and qualities.
Nature paintings do for us what they have done for others in centuries past: they exalt us as we see on canvas what the artist has captured from nature’s creations.  A mountain’s peak, a sunrise, a blanket of stars, or the roiling stormy sea, it makes no difference; nature’s splendor holds us captive.  It doesn’t matter if we have seen a similar scene with our own eyes or not; the artist whose style is true and real taps into his audience’s cultural memories and thus his work resonates profoundly within us.  Whether working from a photograph or in the actual plain air of the scene, an artist captures nature and brings it indoors so we can enjoy it in any weather or any circumstances.  Think how heavenly it will be to gaze upon a sunny beach painting in the midst of January’s dreary days!                                                                                           
The scope of a nature painting is vast.  A client who specializes in mycology may commission a painting of a colorful Amanita mushroom, bright red and round with specks of gold.  Someone interested in zoology may find an amorphous Paramecium with its waving cilia an amusing bit of decoration for his wall.  More traditionally, animal portraits of creatures we have seen in zoos and wish to bring into our homes offer a touch of nature: the elephant and the dolphin represent the intelligence of nature’s creatures.  Moving on to still lifes, those studies of fruit baskets and gleaming apples whose techniques of portrayal are among the very first which artists learn, nature here is shaped by the hand of man, who plucked the apple in its harvest and shaped the basket from natural materials.  Stepping backward to an even grander vista of nature, the broad landscape of a mountain range or the windswept expanse of a seascape offers views that only the privileged few can look out their window and see everyday.  Adjusting the focus even more broadly, the planets and outer space may be said to be nature paintings.  It is up to us to decide which subject we desire to purchase and hang upon our walls.
From a group as distinguished as Audubon, O’Keeffe, and the Hudson River school, we ought to be able to find a subject from among their works and apply this choice to a fine contemporary artist.  An abstract artist may even distill the natural experience further, to the very essence of nature in its glory.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Painting a Blue Tree on Canvas in a Modern Style.

Original Contemporary Abstract Painting of a Tree called "Standing Tall". This painting was created on 16x20" inch canvas with acrylic paint 2011. All of my original paintings are signed by me (Peter Dranitsin) and dated. I strive for one hundred percent quality. All paintings get double coat of acrylic varnish for extra protection and come on a gallery style canvas.

Painting Still Life Acrylic Modern Painting Video Lesson by Peter Dranitsin

In this art video lesson presentation I share with you techniques I used in creating this still life modern looking painting. As you already probably have noticed I do like to use sponge to blend the colors and tones. I find it very effective tool to utilize in creating my original paintings.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Quick Acrylic Painting Video Lesson and Presentation by Peter Dranitsin

In this quick acrylic painting video lesson I will share with you how I painted this 8x8" inch painting called "Sphinx"

Observing Night Sky to Get an Insight for the Outerspace Abstract Art 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.

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

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

Friday, June 3, 2011

Enter the World of Seascape Original Abstract Art Paintings

The sea calms us, it stirs us to thoughts of adventures, it pervades our imagination with its limitless horizons.  Who would refuse the gift of a cruise on a beautiful, sun-flecked ocean? Even if you live inland from the sea or are perhaps a desert dweller, when you stand before a seascape, you are entranced.  The endless waves, the spackle of the sun on far-flung foam, you are caught up in the painting.  Already you have thought of a home for it, that certain wall where the painting will provide a break from the humdrum routine of life.  Seascape paintings can do that for our souls.
From the perfectly-captured fisherman in Winslow Homer’s “The Gulf Stream” to Marek Wlodarski’s abstract seascapes of mid-20th century, the sea captures light in ways that other subjects do not.  Light as seen through water, light hitting water and reflecting upon a mysterious seaside cave, what could be more challenging to an artist to portray?  When fashioning seascape paintings, the abstract artist pulls from his palette the muted hues of a dawn sea, the full-out tones of the noontime and the shading into nighttime at purple dusk.  Whoever purchases an abstract seascape can tell at a glance which of these moods of the sea graces the painting.  You will have been glad to have selected such a wide-ranging source of enjoyment.
Why choose a seascape over other genres of paintings?  Much may depend on the personality of the collector and their resources.  A vacation home near the seashore, for example, cries out for a local painter’s rendition of the same shore at calm neap or full-bore tide.  Different seasons, different times of day, all could render a room into an echo of the natural setting just outside the door of the room.  From the viewpoint of a collector in the midsection of the continent, a seascape will be a memory of a treasured childhood trip, a honeymoon, or a desired retirement spot.  A seascape in a physician’s waiting room, for example, soothes a restless spirit as he gazes into the blues and greens and forgets the reason why he is here.  On the practical side, a seascape may entertain a child as he or she waits upon an appointment. 
These descriptions of seascapes would not be complete without its defining feature, the land.  Water runs down waterfalls from cliffs to the sea, a quite rare phenomenon that begs to be the subject of a painting.  Then there is the more common depiction of wave action upon oceanside rocks, little rills running down the rockface as each wave recedes.  Light is caught at different moments each time.  And what of the drifting spray we see on the point of meeting between water and shore?  Abstract art can even suggest this ephemeral part of the seascape world.  We can see why seascapes are favorite subject for any artist.  When you obtain a seascape for yourself, your art collection gains a prized, time-honored genre as exemplified by Homer and Wlodarski.

As It Shines, Original Cityscape Abstract Art Painting by Dranitsin

Here is another one of my cityscape abstract paintings called "As It Shines". It is created on 30x24 inch stretched canvas and acrylic paint. I do double coat all my paintings with acrylic varnish to give the protection to the painting surface and it also provides shiny appearance.

Acrylic Painting Techniques Using the Back End of Your Brush

In this video presentation "Butterfly" I will paint a butterfly using acrylic paint on 8x8 inch small canvas. I will utilize the back end of my brush in a circle like motion to create interesting circular designs as a background effect. I hope you enjoy watching this one!

Free Pencil Sketching Techniques and Ideas Video Lessons

In this free pencil sketch video I will sketch an idea for my next painting called "Speaking Through Music". I would definitely suggest to make simple sketches on daily basis to help you to come up with creative ideas for your painting compositions. Get in the habit of sketching people, objects, anything and everything that you see around yourselves. Do not worry about making a perfect sketch every time. Try to be quick and precise when you sketch with pencil. If you have to make numerous lines on  a same contour do not be afraid of doing so. Basically just try to be free in what you do and let your hands and not your mind to control the free movement of pencil on paper or canvas

Discover Simple and Effective Acrylic Painting Techniques.

Discover simple and effective acrylic painting techniques in the process of experimenting with different tools and mediums.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Creative Ideas for Your Next Painting by Dranitsin Peter

One of my previous acrylic painting video that I have posted on YouTube. This painting called "Mermaid" that you can find on my online art gallery.

Acrylic Abstract Art Video Lesson has been released, Playing Tag

I have just released new abstract art video lesson where I share with you techniques I used to create this abstract painting called "Playing Tag". In this video lesson I describe to you what tools I used and you will be able to watch me creating this painting from very begging. It is a short video but the techniques are effective and simple enough for anyone to be able to apply them in their own creation process. I hope you enjoy!

Original Cityscape Modern Abstract Art Painting, Reflecting My Soul

I would like to share with you my new original abstract painting called "Reflecting My Soul". It is created on 36x36 inches gallery style canvas with high quality acrylic paint. In this painting the subject is the cityscape reflecting on water. I have also created a special video where I share with you how I painted this particular painting and this video will be coming out soon and will be displayed on my original abstract online art gallery.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In Future, Original Acrylic Abstract Painting by Dranitsin 2011

This is a new original abstract painting called "In Future" 36x36 inches created on professionally stretched gallery style canvas:













Amazing Abstract Paintings Online Art Gallery by Peter Dranitsin

Amazing Abstract Paintings Online Art Gallery by Peter Dranitsin
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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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
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A: at this time I only offer streaming abstract art lesson video courses and tutorials on my other website at
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Q: I have subscribe to your side but I don't know how to see your videos. Please help
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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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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.

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

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