Adding Depth to Your Abstract Paintings

Depthx-250x207You 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 this.

  1. Make the edges of the element “Fuzzy”
  2. Adjust the Scale of the element
  3. Neutralize the Color of the element


fuzzy-300x147Here is an example of softening the edges, and you can see how the shape with harder more defined edges attracts more attention visually. The depth achieved in this particular example is only slight, but important none the less. Mastering the quality of your edges, will really improve your abstract paintings.



scale-300x147In this example you’ll notice I simply made one object smaller. Adjusting the Scale of an object or element with cause it to recede on the picture plane in relation to similar elements. It’s just one of the Laws of Perspective which you can use in your Abstract Paintings to create a sense of depth.




neutralize-300x147Neutralizing the Color of an element is also another way to send it back in the picture plane. Objects at a distance appear to have “muted” or neutralized color. Less intense colors naturally seem to be farther away, and learning to skillfully arrange your composition with this Principle in mind will really take your Abstract Paintings to new heights.



Finally you can use and should use deliberate combinations of these Principles in all of your creations. With practice you will learn to master these strategies, and where to use them in your compositions, to make the painting do as you command!

So take charge of your Abstract Paintings, and Bend them to Your Will! Make those elements get in line.

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