Abstract painting is a very powerful and vivid means of art and communication. Indeed many artists choose this way to create their work and not only do they paint spectacular artworks, but they also make a living out of it. Naturally many artists prefer abstract or semi-abstract painting as a form of expression for many different reasons.
First of all, it provides a sense of freedom and this very lack of restraints offers the chance to communicate more efficiently feelings and thoughts. Then, it is always easier to change, correct or alter your work completely, if on the way you decide that the original idea wasn’t exactly what you wanted to do. There is no definite right and wrong, since you don’t need to depict any specific object. Technical perfection in the configuration of the surrounding objects, places or people is out of the picture! Generally speaking, we may say that abstract art is actually formulating feelings, troubles and thoughts through color, form, light, tonality and composition of volumes and conflictions. Of course, all this can only give an artist only a vague idea of how to go about it.
When it comes to actually creating an abstract painting it’s always good to know what not to do, what to avoid and how to be cautious! A common mistake to be avoided, is not knowing which colors to mix together, which colors blend with each other and which don’t. It’s a different thing to put one color next to another and a completely different story to mix them.
And although there are definite borderlines in naturalistic painting, there is no such thing in abstract art. There are no given structures upon which to stand, only the artist creates and balances the composition.
Another element that can lead a painting either to the top or to disaster is the use of light. There have to be contrasts of light and shadow in a painting so as to create points that draw the eye and stimulate interest.
If all the painting is lucid or dark then it’s going to be flat, uninteresting boring.
Last but not least, an element that makes a statement and creates a vivid and powerful sensation is texture.
Mixed media, inserting different materials such as sand, paper pulp, cloth, wires and scraps of metal or wood can create an impasto and relief impression of the artwork implying the third dimension. One, of course, has to be very cautious with the texture because it’s very easy to overdo it.
In conclusion I strongly believe that, more than any other form of painting, abstract artworks need to be balanced, so the viewer will be able to breathe between warm and cold tones of color, rough and edgy peaks against smooth surfaces, light and shadow, linear and volume.