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Make Paint Acrylic Abstracts

A lot of budding artists shy away from abstract painting. For some reason, there’s this misconception made by people outside of or on the cusp of the art world that you have to have a deep, intrinsic reason to create abstract art. That, if you can’t paint a convincing realistic landscape first, you don’t have the right to paint abstract art.

Why, I say that’s silly! Just as anyone can learn how to paint, anyone is allowed to create abstract paintings!

First, I guess we should probably break down what abstract art is. Simplistically, abstract art is any creation that doesn’t mimic reality.

When you look at abstract art, it can be confusing at first because you’re not always admiring a tree or a person or an animal; you’re admiring how colors play off each other, how the paint moves across the canvas, and how shapes lines up with one another.

There are abstract artists who move the paint into familiar shape. Sometimes you can pick out a park, or a horse, or a circus elephant. Sometimes, though, the art is just a series of intersecting lines and circles.

The meaning of the art is personal and up to your interpretation. Abstract art requires an audience to be complete.

The ultimate mission of abstract art is to serve as a visual expression of the artist’s emotions and to evoke a response in the viewer. The magic of abstract art is its chameleon ability to give a different experience to everyone who looks at it.

How and Where?

Oil painting is a stand-by for classical and modern artists alike. Its sheen, richness, and elegance make it a top-tier choice in the medium department. When it comes to abstract paintings, however, it might be time to pull out the newcomers to the paint scene: acrylic.

Around only since the 1930s, acrylic paint as an advantage other paints don’t: it dries really, really fast! Oil painting isn’t something you should count out for future paintings, but to start it’s best to work with something that dries quickly so that you can’t question the decisions you’re making. It forces you to commit to your art, which is helpful when learning to go with the flow and create from your soul.

Now that you know what paint you’re using, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to paint on. Abstract art lends itself to a plethora of different painting surfaces, especially when you’re using acrylic paint. Many famous abstract artists – Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Leonid Afremov – do their painting on canvas.

Painting on canvas allows your art is speak for itself. You’re not trying to tie in the shape of a piece of wood or found object: the two dimensional surface gives your colors and shapes the spotlight. When you’re more comfortable using art as an outlet (because that’s what abstract art really is: an outlet for an artist’s message or emotions), you can incorporate other “canvases.” Some abstract artists even create their paintings on people’s skin!

Getting Started

Learning how to create an abstract painting is a lot like learning how to enjoy listening to classical music. There are layers of understanding to classical music, layers of paying attention, and it requires auditory refinement.

But, it’s also something you can just DO. You can turn on the radio, crank the classical music, and choose to enjoy it.

Figuring out how to paint abstract art is a lot like that. Of course you can instill deep, rich, complex meaning in your pieces. Of course you can try to make it look like a portrait or a visual representation of a novel or some other complicated artistic slant. Or, to start, you can just paint.

Put yourself into your art. Pick a color that speaks to you. Paint a shape that feels right when you move your arm. Use your hands, you fingertips, your feet. Put your literal self into creating the art. Glue on found objects. Smash berries on the canvas.

This is the kind of art that can skew both ways: it can have extreme limitations, or it can be limitless. To get started, don’t approach it with any guidelines; simply approach it with a passion to create.

Continuing the Journey

While you might want to keep creating photorealistic paintings or still-life paintings after giving abstract a shot, I encourage you to let yourself fully explore this world of brushstrokes and smudges; splatter and bleeding edges; geometry and contrast. It’s a cathartic side of art. It demands nothing more than what you give. Anything you put down on the canvas is exactly what was supposed to be there. Approach abstraction as a wonderland. There are no expectations here: only fun and exploration.

Place To Show Your Art

Where to Show Us Your Art

There are many artists these days creating master pieces that not many people will be exposed to. If these artists aren’t showcasing their creations online or in art exhibitions they won’t be getting the recognition that they deserve for all the time and effort they take in designing and making them.

It’s a real shame that some countries aren’t teaching basic practices on the world-wide-web today for creative minds. I believe a lot of confusion with the world-wide internet could be avoided after schooling years if school curriculums’ covered web development and SEO. So that everyone could be given the same opportunities to create their masterpieces and develop their own online art exhibition to showcase their designs.

These days most artists are so engrossed in their creations they don’t have time to learn how to market their products. They are the creative ones’ that want to pour their time and energy into new and exciting projects, not sit an online course to understand web design and development so that they can create a site themselves and learn how to get it to the top of the search engines for exposure.

My nephew has a girlfriend whose father is a successful artist, who has developed his own site to give his work the exposure it deserves, but he is only one artist that I know of that has done this. Paying community hall fees to showcase your creations can often defeat you, as you have already paid the costs to develop your designs, and generally at the end of that project you want a quick turnaround, to simply pay for the materials and time spent in making it.

Am I right? So how will you be able to further out-lay more money to pay for an exhibition when you haven’t been able to properly marketing the designs and creations you have building up for sale?

Apart from understanding how to use the worldwide web to showcase your art, please consider what the best option for you will be. If you are successful and you have the cash flow to pay for an exhibition, you can gain some more credibility within your niche by hosting this type of event, and being the artist in-house at the event, to answer any questions that potential buyers may have about your creations.

Whatever you decide to market your productions, be assured that you have an admirer in me! I love art of all kinds, from oil painting, textured painting, watercolours and my all-time favourite is acrylic paintings. I wasn’t blessed with the skill to be able to create art the way you can, and often felt envious of those that could draw well growing up. Keep up the fabulous work, your works’ are masterpieces that need to be celebrated.

Now Get a Truly Unique Work of Modern Art for Your Home

If you’re still searching for that one perfect piece of modern art for your home but can’t find it in stores or galleries, consider a more direct route: commission a work yourself.

Commissioning a new work from an artist can bring your home’s level of beauty, sophistication and style up to never before seen standards. It’s your own unique work to keep and show off at your discretion.

But how does one go about commissioning a piece? And how can you be sure it’ll come out the way you want?

It comes down to two things: artist selection and communication.

To find the right artist, you’ll have to know what you’re looking for in the work of art. It’s a narrowing down process, and it’s not really as daunting as it may seem.

If you’ve got something in mind, ask yourself — where have you seen their work? At a museum? On the walls at a coffee shop? If you’ve seen something you like, you can always ask the owner if they have the contact info of that artist, and if you can contact them for a commission of your own.

But don’t limit yourself to your own small corner of the world. Embrace the Internet! There are tons of platforms to find a style you like, and usually a way to contact the artist. Try DeviantArt, Carbonmade, or even Pinterest and Instagram. Use the search functions to find what you’re looking for and the artist who creates it.

When it comes to communication and direction, that’s all up to you. Think about yourself and how particular you’re going to be. Some people will accept anything the artist hands over, and some have distinct ideas about what’s good or not. You know yourself, but chances are the artist doesn’t. So it’s on you to communicate your vision clearly.

It’s never to soon to start forming your overall vision. Artists require communication, and if your vision is not concrete enough, the artist might fill in all the blanks for you. And while this might sound attractive, it can be a dangerous thing. Once an art project is complete, it’s not easy (or cheap) to redo any or all of it. If you don’t like the artist’s vision, then chances are it’s because it didn’t line up with YOUR vision, and that’s because you didn’t communicate your vision well enough to the artist.

To make sure you get what you want, you should narrow the communication options down to their specialty. What medium does this artist typically work in? Is that the medium you want for your piece? Be honest with yourself and your artist: are you attracted to their own style, or is it just that their style happens to most closely match the vision you have in your head?

It’s also important to find out how many commissions the artist has performed previously. If they’ve done a lot, they likely will have their own set of questions to ask you, the client. Please answer all the questions honestly and completely. The more you collaborate and communicate, the happier you’ll be with your finished piece.

Keep in mind: “surprise me” works out well less than most people think. You can surprise your guests when they see the piece at first, but you don’t want to be surprised by your commissioned artist.

Whatever your tastes are, the more selective you are in finding an artist and the more communicative you are to that artist, the better your fine art commission is bound to come out.

Tips to Choose the Best Type of Graco Air Spray

For your painting needs, you need not limit your choice to the conventional paint brush or paint roller. These days, a wide selection of paint sprayers are available in the stores.

Whether you are a professional contractor or a do-it-yourself project enthusiast, you’d love the advantages that a paint sprayer could offer. All you need is a good finding skill in looking for the perfect paint sprayer that will work for your needs.

Brushing or rolling paint can pose challenges in terms of consistency. Tackling narrow spaces can be difficult too. With a paint spray, you no longer have to spend as much time and energy completing the painting job. Your work will be a lot easier compared to using a conventional paint brush.

The only thing that would probably take you the most time is deciding which particular spray paint to choose. To help you out, here are questions you may ask yourself when choosing your very own paint sprayer. Let’s get started.

What is the size of the project I’m working on?

Are you repainting the entire home interior? Or are you only tackling a specific wall? Think about the size of the project as this will serve as your guide in deciding which type of paint spray to purchase.

For small projects, for instance, handheld units such as the TrueCoat 360 Graco Air Spray would be more than enough. You can finish your painting projects fast, all while ensuring a professional-looking finish.

For bigger projects, meanwhile, you may need a paint sprayer that has higher pressure and can deliver a broader spray. If you are most concerned about speed and need to get the project completed fast, you can as well look into sprays that come with a larger horsepower.

What sprayer tip and size best suit my project?

Paint sprayers come in various tips and sizes. To decide which one to choose, consider the job you are using the paint spray for. For small surfaces, say you’re painting fences, go for sprayers with smaller tip size and opening. For walls, meanwhile, you can go for wider tips. You can always ask the supplier for the specific tip size that best suits the application.

Will I be working on a single location?

If you will be working on your yard alone or only in a single location, then handheld paint sprayers may be enough. However, if you are covering wide spaces and you need to carry the tool around, then you may want to consider a paint sprayer type that comes with wheels. These units are commonly used for pavement or field markings that are done by professional painting contractors.

Will this unit produce loud sounds?

You don’t want to disturb your neighbors nor be complained for being too loud. Ask the supplier if the sprayer you’re looking at produces loud noise when used.

Finally, are online resources for this product available?

Go for a reputable brand so you can ensure quality paint sprayers. These brands, more often than not, would offer manuals or tips that you can consult every now and then while working on your project.

Choosing the best paint sprayer for your project doesn’t have to be stressful. Ask yourself these questions and gather recommendations from suppliers themselves. Make your painting project in a success with the right paint spray!