Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

This is video 2 in a 6-part series illustrating my abstract painting process from start to finish. 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.

In this video we go to the palette to see the colors I will be using, and to see the mixing I do prior to painting. I know there are lots of abstract painters who do not use a palette-they just squirt out paint and start going. there is nothing wrong with that approach, but it is not a goof approach for those that are learning to paint. Being organized in the studio and laying your paints out and mixing them before hand provides you with tremendous freedom while painting.

The colors I am using are all GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. The colors are:

  • Benz Yellow Light

  • Pyrrole Orange

  • Teal

  • Cerulean Blue Deep

  • Anthraquinone Blue (Indigo)

  • Viridian Hue

  • Cobalt Turquoise

  • Minty G (my custom mixture of Phthalo Green, Benz Yellow, Pyrrole Orange and White)

  • Cobalt Green

  • Jenkins Green

  • Titanium White

The first thing I do is mix the Pyrrole Orange into all the other colors of blues and greens. I do this to slightly neutralize the brightness of the other colors. The orange is a complementary color to the blues, but also has enough red in it that I can use it with the greens without introducing another color onto the palette.

I also make a couple of yellow-greens by mixing in some Benz Yellow Light. I add white to all the colors to provide a range of values of the colors. I do this so that I have some pre-mixed lighter values to paint with. This preparation allows me to paint uninterrupted early without having to mix colors as I go. It keeps me in the flow early in the painting which is really important when you are working intuitively. Now with everything mixed, I am ready to paint!

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Part 1 Video: Click Here

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)

  • July 19 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio-Modern Watercolor on Canvas, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here. Only 2 seats left!

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

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  • October 4-6 Arts and Design Society, Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information and registration contact Hanna at hanna222@cox.net.

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