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! Please keep in mind that this is my painting process, and it may not be right for you. I am only showing you how I work through my painting process and am not advocating for you to use the same process.

I also want to tell you that in this series of videos, just as in the ones previous, you will see me paint this piece in real time. It is spread over 6 videos, but the actual painting sessions are not edited (unless I spend too much time looking without any action), but none of the painting sequences are edited. I am also talking to you the entire time about what I am doing.

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 the 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 the color combination assures that the colors used will be harmonious - meaning they look like they go together, and are pleasing to the eye.

In this series I am using an Analogous (4 colors adjacent to each other) color combination of yellow-green, green, blue-green and blue. Using my "Simple Color System", I will need to choose a dominant color, a non-dominant color and two accent colors. I have chosen blue-green as my dominant color, blue as my non-dominant color and yellow-green and green as my accent colors (the green actually will not be used - I will use lots of white with the yellow-green). The painting I will demonstrate is part of a series entitled “Sea Glass.” I am using this color combination to create the feeling of being at the coast, near/at the ocean. The color combination, for me, is very soothing and calming.

The dominant color creates the overall chromatic dominance of the painting, the non-dominant color covers less surface area than the dominant color-but supports the dominant color, and the two accent colors are used together 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 a 30x30x1.5” stretched canvas that has been covered with a thick layer of gesso, thus creating a background texture for the piece. I will be using professional grade acrylic paint by GOLDEN Artist Colors. 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 canvas. 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" or 1” synthetic bristle brush to assist in cutting a sharper edge. In this painting I am also using (2) long handled bristle brushes, one is 1/2” filbert and the other is 1” flat.

Please let me know if you have comments or questions and please share it with your friends.

If you'd like to learn about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2019 workshops HERE)

  • June 12-14, 2019 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here. Sold Out!

  • July 10-12 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio-Mentorship Workshop, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here.

  • July 19 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio-Modern Watercolor on Canvas, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here.

  • July 24-26 Showcase Art Center, Greeley, CO. For information and registration contact Colette Pitcher, email: cpit590937@aol.com.

  • August 7-9 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and Registration Click Here.

  • August 23-25 Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, Huntsville, AL. For information and registration Click Here.

  • September 9-12 Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, WA. For information and registration Click Here.

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