Category Archives: Design/Composition

The 4 Core Principles of Abstract Design

Where do you get ideas for abstract designs? How do you get started creating an abstract composition? Are there any Tips or Tricks to making great designs? Well these are all very good questions, and yes there are strategies that I developed over the years for generating good aesthetically pleasing abstract compositions. Now abstract designs…

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Choosing a Palette

As abstract painters one of our most important tasks is choosing a palette. Now Full Disclosure, I often let my Intuition take over here and just grab whatever color comes to mind. If I don’t like it, I can change it, but doing it that way leads me into discoveries I would otherwise miss. That…

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Getting Texture

Today we’re going to be talking about texture and different ways you can get that in your paintings. One way you can get texture in your paintings is by using collage elements like Rice Papers that have a lot of fibers in them. Another way is to use Zerox Copies of materials that have fibers…

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Adding Depth to Your Abstract Paintings

You can and should add depth to your abstract paintings using the same principles and strategies employed by more realistic painters and photographers. Even if you’re painting Non-objective Abstracts every shape, every line, each Element can be manipulated to come forward or recede on the picture plane, and there are three basic ways to achieve…

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