Did you know that learning to create Abstract paintings is a fabulous way to teach yourself art basics of Design and Tonal Values?
I think that is why I consider abstracts one of the most Challenging genres to master. I do not say that I have mastered the realm of Abstracts. But I do certainly enjoy the process of learning more!!
Abstracts…. Because I can!
With abstracts, you typically do not have an object to look at to use to draw and paint from. Thus, that’s why its called “non-representational” art.
Without an object to look at to see the tonal values of light, mid, dark; you are in charge. This, perhaps is the scary, worrisome part for many.
You must decide how to place these 3 critical tones throughout the entire painting.
Without those 3 tones, (Light, Mid, Dark) the painting will falter. It will fall flat….. it looks flat.
Because I Can on a Silly Saturday
My Thoughts for my art subject today:
clarity of tonal values, palette knife, cobalt teal, limited palette, smooth silky unified stroke movements, paintings in blues, to extract an abstracted image from a recent location I’ve been, less is more, Wabi Sabi and Zen.
ALL of the Above, can easily be indexed in my Search box for … Many More posts about those specific topics, if you care to Explore for more information.
So, I wrote all these down. Pondered for awhile. Then thumbed through my photo library and found a b/w sky image from Albany, Western Australia.
I really liked the tonal value bands of contrast in the photograph. light against dark, against light and so on. Layer by layer. It was intriguing.
I used a bit of charcoal and created a 2 inch x 3 inch tonal study of those bands of light, mid and dark. It was Merely as a ‘helper guide’.
Just to help remind me about tones, …. and the place.
Then I put the photo away before I started in on the art work.
Photo is now put away.
white, cobalt teal, buff titanium, prussian blue acrylic paints