My Abstract Painting Process-Part 3

My Abstract Painting Process-Part 3

In Part 3 of this continuing video series, I begin the painting using the color combination described in the Part 2 video. (You can see Part 1 Video Here).

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.)

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:

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Abstract Painting Academy is the next best thing to a live workshop. You can learn more about the program by Clicking HERE.

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