Some students shared at the start of the workshop that simply starting a painting can be daunting, so we brainstormed together 8 ways you can start an abstract painting using acrylics. If you are at the beginning and staring at a white canvas and don’t know where to start, this blog is for you!
- Choose a colour or colour scheme and start making marks and gestures with that colour. You could mix that colour with black and white and create a range of colours from that single colour.
- Choose a specific composition and adhere to that structure with your painting. For example: horizontal or vertical composition.
- Make some drips and splashes on your canvas with watered down acrylic paint and see what forms, go from there.
- Using your paint brush, fingers, foam brush, paper towel & other tools put marks on your canvas, asking yourself; “How can I do this differently?” Challenge yourself to make each stroke different in some way.
- Get clear on a theme or meaning for your painting and let that guide you. For example, your painting could be about love so you would start painting in a way that defines love visually for you.
- Look at some shadow shapes around you and use this lines and shapes to create negative/positive space areas for your painting.
- Look at another painting or photograph you like and attempt to copy it- make some changes to it so it’ll become yours as you go !
- Use a view finder on an existing painting or image and zoom in on an area you really like that could work on its own as a painting. Use that localized portion of the painting as your inspiration for your new painting.
Above Photo – Deb Chaney doing a painting demo at the ‘Layers & Process Workshop’ today a the Pacific Northwest Art Institute on Whidbey Island. Deb Chaney – portfolio www.debchaney.com – workshops – www.IlluminateTheArtistWithin.com.