Abstract art technique — “A Day in the Studio”

An Easy Abstract Art Technique That Blew My Mind

Week 39 into my art challenge 2015 and I’m exploring another abstract art technique — reducing what is seen to a minimal number of lines / shapes.

I experimented with this technique last month, when I interpreted “Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, facing left, 1886. Musée d’Orsay” by Claude Monet using geometric shapes (see the results here). But this time I extended the process to interpret a real-life, original scene.

still life set up ready for abstract paintingFirst I did a quick charcoal sketch of something in the studio — in my case, I set up a jug with some flowers, and a glass jar with some paint brushes.

I then used the “geometric shapes” art technique (as per the Study of a Figure Outdoors, to reduce the complexity of the picture plane.

And finally, I transposed an even further reduction of lines to my canvas (a sheet of black wallpaper, which, incidentally, is a very interesting painting surface! I love the way the paint / brush slips and slides all over the place, creating some pretty cool effects!)

abstract art technique reduction

The piece received excellent feedback from my lecturer, who loved the layering in particular. I also think this piece works because of it’s balance, both structurally, and with the use of a complementary and vibrant colour scheme.

The limited palette also works for me — I normally work with waaaaay more than five colours!

The repetition of shapes and colour throughout also contributes to a piece that moves with striking vibrancy.

It blew my mind how easy it was! I hope you enjoy using it too!

Shine on!
❤ Anita Revel

PS This is week 39’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015…  Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.

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Original: 50x50cm, acrylic on wallpaper, unframed, $80 including postage within Australia


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