Abstract Painting Compositions

Abstract Painting Compositions

I have had so many questions lately asking how to develop an abstract composition as a beginner, I decided to make this video describing one method I have used (and still use). Several years ago I researched classical design compositions, some of which are more than a century old (some two!). I decided to update them a bit for abstract paintings, add them to a handout sheet and provide them to my students at workshops.

The handout, in pdf form, includes 10 different design compositions. In this video, I have enlarged the drawings of each composition and taped them to my studio wall as an overview. The names of these 10 compositions are:

  • Cruciform

  • Horizontal

  • Vertical

  • Diagonal

  • Unbalanced

  • Radiating

  • Balanced

  • Group Mass

  • Curvilinear

  • Triangular (3-Spot)

There are many, many ways to develop an abstract painting composition. I remember as a beginner I had difficulty with my abstract compositions and really wish I had a resource like this. If you are a beginner, this is a great tool to have and keep in your studio. Tape it to your wall so you can have it close-by as a reference. After a while, you may find you need it less and less as you become more proficient at your craft.

I have used all of these composition ideas at some time, and some I still use. If you need help with abstract compositions, give these designs a try. I think they will provide the confidence you need to move to the next level in your work. Below you can download a pdf copy for your use.

If you'd like to learn about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2020 workshops HERE)

  • November 4-6 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and Registration Click Here. Sold Out!

  • November 16-17 Art of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC-Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. For information and registration Click Here. My Saturday workshop is sold out, but there are still a few seats remaining in the Sunday (Nov. 17) workshop. They are going fast so sign up soon!

  • January 9-11, 2020 Arts Alliance of Lee County, Ft. Myers, FL. For information and registration Click Here.

  • January 22-24, 2020 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration, Click Here. Sold Out!

  • February 1-2, 2020 Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL. Contact Holly Gizzi:.Email: holly@lighthousearts.org

  • February 19-21 Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, FL. Contact Anissa Ford. Email: anissa.ford@gadsdenarts.org

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