My Abstract Painting Process-Part 4

My Abstract Painting Process-Part 4

In Part 4 of this continuing video series I begin to develop the multiple centers of interest in the painting.

In the previous video, Part 3, I began laying in the blue-green colors along the edges of the dark value red-violet shapes. (You can view Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here).

Here I look for areas of the painting where centers of interest could naturally occur. What I mean by that is that I don't want the centers of interest to simply be floating blocks of color with no connection to anything else going on in the picture. I want all parts integrated, so I look for curves or edges where the centers of interest look like they "fit."

After adding the main, or largest center of interest area, that it might be a good idea to add some of the lightest values around it to help make it the lightest value area of the painting. This light value area combined with the accent colors, help distinguish the centers of interest and make them pop. I am using the technique of placing my lightest lights next to my darkest darks for maximum visual contrast.

I continue to add color, and adjust colors, values and shapes and edges as I go. Painting in this spontaneous manner with no pre-planning requires lots of adjustments all through the process. 

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:

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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