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How to become a better Abstract artist: Unleashing Intuitive Creativity

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso

Becoming a better Abstract Artist is not always about technical know how. Intuitive creativity is more about self expression than it is learning techniques, producing commercial art or painting entirely from reference photos or inspiration. It is about using what is on the inside to produce art that is meaningful. It is more about the journey you take rather than the final outcome.

A combination of Pinks and Red and Golds poured onto Yupo paper expressivley.
Alcohol Ink painting

It is a safe place where you can enjoy colour, texture and form and allow self exploration in the process. Abstract art draws heavily on this process, whilst incorporating techniques to help build the art, such as focal points and composition. It’s style draws a parallel with art as a form of therapy.

Starting can be difficult if you haven’t painted in this style before. Not having any constraints and a non judgemental attitude is imperative. There are no rights or wrongs, just art! So how do you start if this style is proving challenging.

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Paint as a way of journaling

A collections of colourful abstract pieces.
Abstract Journalling

Begin with something small. Starting an art journal can be an excellent initial step. Instead of focusing solely on the subject matter, concentrate on the purpose or method behind your creation. Capture emotions through initial sketches or dive right in with paint. Frequently, concepts develop organically once you commence, enabling emotions to flow freely throughout your creation process.

Balancing the Voice of the Inner Critic.

You might be familiar with the idea of quieting the inner critic, yet I contend that it's essential to strike a balance with that voice. It can serve as a constructive force for improvement... Nevertheless, there are occasions when it becomes overly intrusive and requires frequent quieting. Your artistic journey entails embracing your current skill level and disregarding the inner critic when it suggests your art is inadequate. By doing so, we enable our art to flourish and evolve.

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Picasso

No Place for Perfectionism Paint from a place of freedom!

What do I mean by that? Avoid limiting yourself or setting unrealistic standards for creating flawless works of art, as such occurrences are rare! I assert that extraordinary art emerges when we release our expectations and analytical mindset. Simply allow yourself to... When we strive for perfection, we often invite disappointment, self-criticism, and procrastination. Art is a form of play, and through play, we learn more effectively, feeling rejuvenated as if from a spa day, and returning with renewed enthusiasm.

Paint for You

Always keep in mind that painting and engaging in the creative process are for your benefit! This is your opportunity to utilize art as a means of expressing your life and everything happening around you onto canvas. Grant yourself the time, even if it's just 10 minutes for doodling or sketching. Practice some relaxation techniques to unwind and stay attuned to your surroundings. Engaging all your senses enables you to tap into that well of creativity within. As you start creating, experiment with texture, color, and shape.

Never paint for an audience!

When your art emanates authenticity and intuition, it fosters connection not only with yourself but also with a broader audience. However, never paint for others; paint for yourself! Interestingly, authentic painting increases the likelihood of attracting your ideal collector and achieving a sale, which is undoubtedly a bonus.


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