As the name suggests, abstract paintings are those done without using any elements of real life. The elements of abstract painting are mainly the imagination and the mind. These elements should be present in order to make it a valid abstract painting. Now since the mind is one of the major ingredients that one needs in order to paint an abstract painting, we will try to know some of the things that can influence the results of your paintings. When you do not have any elements of real life, your mind would naturally think about different things and will try to associate them with different pictures and colors. This is called ‘artistic creation’ and is also one of the most common elements of abstract painting.
When you are starting out with this form of painting, you must know that there are many ‘abilities’ that you have when it comes to details. When people start out painting this kind of imagery they normally start with the big picture and the bigger details. But as you start creating your own style and using different elements of your own creativeness, you can slowly start working on the details only. However, before doing so you should always make sure that you have a strong grasp of the big picture. The details are just tools that will help you in creating an image that looks much more natural and is a bit more realistic.
Another important thing when using elements of realism is texture. The texture can be defined as anything from the through, ‘Dull’ to the gloss. It is very important for details to be applied with care. You should use smooth strokes and apply the paint very slowly so that you can achieve the best finish.
The second most important element when using details is color. Color is used in many instances to draw attention. But when it comes to painting details, you should keep the colors simple and in subdued tones. When you are using colors, it is also very important to make sure that you take time in working with them. Working slowly and applying only small amounts of color at a time will give you the best effects.
The third most important aspect of details is using dry paints. Dry paint is used as a medium that will hold the elements of your image. It is not as thick as oil paint and it can be thinned easily using water. However, always make sure that you use the proper type of dry paint.
When painting with dry paint, it is also very important to blend the elements. This means that when you are working on details, you should make sure that they are in ‘synchronicity’ with each other. This will make it easier for you to see what you are doing. But it is also important that the details are done separately so that they don’t end up blending together.
Painting with more of an idea of what you want the end results to be rather than the details is something else that you need to pay attention to. You can get some great abstract paintings if you just let your mind go. However, if you do a lot of ‘thinking’ before you start painting then it becomes too much work. So, instead of being too busy with ideas, choose to paint the pictures that inspire you. This way, you will end up with a better abstract painting.
Abstract paintings can be very beautiful. However, you have to know how to do them correctly. Always remember that it is not what you see but what you feel when you view them. The elements of these types of paintings are there to make them more real. So, make sure that you don’t see them as being less-than-real.