Abstract Painting Process-Part 1

Abstract Painting Process-Part 1

This video begins another 6-part series illustrating my abstract painting process from start to finish. Lots of folks have been asking for another series, so here ya go!

The first step in my painting process is to choose a color combination from the color wheel to use for the piece. I always begin with the color, because it sets the mood for everything that comes after.

Choosing your color combination before painting means there are fewer decisions to make during painting, thus making the painting process much easier. Using the color wheel to select your color combination assures that the colors you use will be harmonious - meaning they look like they go together, and are pleasing to the eye.

In this series I am using a simple complementary color combination of green and red. Using my "Simple Color System", I will need to choose a dominant color and an accent color. I have chosen green as my dominant color and red as my accent color. The dominant color creates the overall chromatic dominance of the painting, while the accent color is used to make my centers of interest stand out. (You can Click Here to purchase my "Simple Color System" Color Wheel)

For this series I am painting on 300 lb Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper that has been covered with gesso. I use the gesso to seal the paper, and to provide the same surface texture as I use on my canvases. The gesso allows the paint to sit on top so I can move it around easily (just like on canvas), rather than it being absorbed into the paper. I will be using professional grade acrylic paint by Golden, Utrecht and Nova Color. You'll see me use a spray bottle filled with water which I use to help the paint spread more easily across the surface of the paper. The brushes I use are primarily natural bristle brushes in 2", 2-1/2" and 3" sizes. At the centers of interest I may use a 2" synthetic bristle brush to assist in cutting a sharper edge.

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