My Abstract Painting Process-Part 3
In Part 2, I described the triadic color combination as blue-green, red-violet and yellow-orange with blue-green acting as the dominant color, red-violet as the non-dominant color and yellow-orange as the accent color, used only at the centers of interest.
For my substrate I am using 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper covered with a thick coating of Utrecht Professional Acrylic Gesso to seal the paper and create the same surface that I create on my canvases.
In this video I begin laying in the red-violet colors which will also act as my darkest values in the painting. I paint spontaneously, so I begin developing the dark value shapes on the fly, with no preconceived idea of what will develop. I get a general sense of what I like and then move on to apply more color.
The edges of these initial shapes will dry if I don't work quickly to attack the edges with the blue-green colors. I quickly begin to lay-in a variety of blue-green color chosen randomly from the palette. All I am looking for right now is a good variety of interesting color and shapes.
In the next video I will continue laying in color and begin to develop the centers of interest.
For those that are interested in learning to paint in a similar process, I have some workshops coming up that you will love. (You can see a full list of Workshops by Clicking HERE.)
- June 19-22, 2017 Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. To register contact Danielle firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-928-8092. Details HERE.
- July 10-14, 2017 Cloudcroft Art Workshops, Cloudcroft, NM. To register contact Linda Shiplett at 915-490-5071 or email@example.com. Details HERE.
- July 28-30, 2017 Binders Art, Atlanta, GA. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-237-6331 x2018. Details HERE.
- August 7-9, 2017 Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL. To register contact Christi Britten email@example.com or 256-760-6381.
As always, thanks so much for your support!
P.S. If you're interested in abstract painting and don't want to travel to a workshop, be sure to check out Abstract Painting Academy:
Abstract Painting Academy is the next best thing to a live workshop. You can learn more about the program by Clicking HERE.