Creating Abstract Art



Carol Nelson - Abstract PaintingWhere does abstract painting begin? How does a fine artist take an idea or concept and then create what he sees? It’s actually a well thought out process, and takes several steps even though it may not appear so. First the painter has the idea and he may even create a smaller scaled version of the painting, or a concept painting. In the case of abstract art, he may place other materials within the painting, and these may be modeling clay, wire, wire grid work, paper, computer generated images, physical object, anything that gives the painting more emphasis, and meaning.

Then the artist may add some color or what some call an under painting. Some painters use color itself lightly placed and others do it in black and white. The point of an underpainting, even in an abstract is so that the artist can visualize better the composition and bring certain objects to the foreground and others to the background. Underpainting becomes more important in both fantasy art, modern art, and generally for images that come in part or in totality from the imagination. If you take a look at Carol Nelson’s work , you will get a better idea of what is involved.

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