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Welcome to Pete's Original Art Online Abstract Gallery! Hi my name is Peter Dranitsin, I am a slef representing abstract artist from Cleveland, ohio. I have created this art gallery to be able to share and sell my original acrylic abstract paintings. Throughout this online art gallery you will find a vast variety of original contemporary abstract art paintings. Please note that all paintings presented here are one hundred percent original acrylics paintings all hand painted and signed by artist (myself). All paintings are created with only high quality acrylics paint on professionally stretched gallery style canvas.
Acrylics are made up of three basic elements. The first is the acrylic polymer emulsion iteslf - a water-thin, milky solution derived from polmerized acrylic resin dispersed in wter. The second ingredient is color. Dried pigment i sdisparsed in deionized water creating the pigment dispersion. The third component is comprised of several chemicals - freeze/thaw stabilizer, surfactant, biocide to name a few. All of these elementscombine in a specific quantities to form what we know of as acrylic paint.
One thing that distinguishes acrylic emulsion paints from oil paints is the way they dry. Oil paints dry through a continuous chemical reaction. What this means is that they continue to dry ndefinitely when they are in contact with the air. The acrylic polymers are already fully formed in the wet emulsion, and the pigment particles are suspended in the liquid. As the paint dries, all of the volatile solvents in the paint evaporate from the film and through the substrate by capillary action.
Flexible and semi-flexible support for abstract painting. A traditional flexibile support for acrylic abstract painting is canvas. Canvas has witstood the test of time and is both relatively economical and durable. Cotton duck or linen canvas is tightly woven and readily accepts paint. It is available in a variety of weights and widths, and is also available primed with a coat of acrylic gesso. There are few things that beat the convenience of pre-primed, pre-stretched canvas supports.
Painting on canvas has the advantage that the work doesn't have to be matted. If the canvas has deep sides these also can be painted, making framing unnecessary. If you intend to make larger artwork, canvas is probably your best choice. When puchasing a canvas, check that it is not warped. Youcan do this by placing the longest side against the end of a shelf in the store. Assuming the shelf is perpendicular to the floor., the corner of your canvas should fit snugly into the space. Then hold your canvas with the front flat against the broad end of a shelf. If it won't lie flat, it's warped. These quick tests can save you from wasting money. Be awayre that a canvas on a narrow stretcher bars will easily warp over time.
For creating glazing - painting on a thin, transparent layer - fluid acrylics are your best choice. Even opaque pigments, such as cadmiums, titaniums, ochers, and ceruleans, can be made transparent with the addition of matte or gloss medium. Golden provides a small strip of paint on the outside of each bottle or jar to help you judge. If the following words form part of a color's name, you can be sure they are nature transparent: dioxazine, phthallo, or quinacridone. Other transparent paints are Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. Transparent Red Iron Oxide, and Jenkins Green.
Watercolor paints can be used as the background layer of a mixed-media piece, but they don't work well over acrylics. Oil paints can be used over acrylics, but acrylics can't be used over oil. Since acrylic adhesives can't be mixed with oil paints, it is also harder to find ways to attach collage to an oil painting.
Be Your Own Critic
Some questions to ask yourself about the design of an abstract painting. Be aware that they won't all apply to every painting.
- Are the colors sufficiently interesting to keep the viewer's attention? Have you included enough variety? Even a relatively monochromatic painting can have a wide variety of shades of a color.
- Does it have good value contrasts? Is the greatest contrast where you want your center of interst?
- Have you contrasted textures in order to draw attention to them?
- Are you brushstrokes varied in size and direction to animate the surface?
- Have you included a variety of shapes? Do you want one to dominate? If so, is it large enough?
- If you have used lines, do they vary in thickness?
- Have you varied your edges? Or are you deliberately going for a hard-edged or soft-edged look?
- Does the artwork hold together as a unit- through color harmony and shape repetition?
- Assuming you were aiming for balance, does the painting seem unbalanced, one aspect dominating with no counterbalance? For example, a large shape in a neutral color might need to be balanced by a small touch of a bright color.
Improvisation and Experimentation can generate fabulous effects. In addition to traditional brushes, paint can be applied to surfaces using sponges, rolled up balls of paper or fabric, or even splattered on with an old toothbrush. Paint can be applied and then scrubbed off a surface, or a resist can be used to reveal stunning designs when paint is added.
Using Additives in your Abstract Painting.
When substances such as bleach, salt, or mineral spirits are added to acrylic paint the effects can be quite intriguiing. In a similar fashion, a surface can be given texture by layering on additives such as sheets of plastic or thin acrylic.
Here is one abstract technique you might want to try: score a fully cured, thick layer of color with shapr craft knife. Swipe color over the cuts, then quickly rub it off with a very lightly dampened cloth, pushing the paint into the fissures. The color-filled incisions can add edgy highlights to a coposition.
- Reason why wet acrylic colors appear lighter than dry acrylics.
One of the stumbling blocks for stragers to the acrylic realm is the slight color shift that occurs when the paint goes from wet to dry. The degree of change depends largely on the amount of pigment in the acrylic itself. When wet, the acrylic emulsion has a white appearance because of the water it contains. The way that light travels through the water causes it to appear opaque. As the water evaporates, the paint film clarifies, leaving the pigment to be fully developed.
- Oil vs Acrylic Painting
Words that come to mind when describing the look of an oil painting are: lush, luminous, saturated, robust, and satiny - words that could just as easily describe an acrylic painting. The real difference between an oil painting and an acrylic is oftentimes perceived as being one of technique, rather than that of surface appearance. Traditional approaches like glazing and subtle color blending were once solely the mark of an oil painting, however, now everything from their luster to the chroma can be successfully mimicked with acrylic colors and mediums. Working with semi-gloss mediums for a satin finish and strong transparent and creating soft color blends with the aid of retarder or acrylic gel and liquid mediums. Adding a small amount of warm transparent yellow can also add an amber tone to the overall painting, giving it the appearance of an aged oil.
- Winter Watercolor
Winter weather can be dull, with flat, monochromatic color or as bright and sunny as the best summer's day. However, the light is crisper and cleaner than in the summer, and the snow on the ground intensifies the light, creating extreme tonal contrast. Needless to say, with snow scenes, white is immensely important, and in cool, morning light the shadows are a deep blue. Later in the day, the warmer, evening light can turn the whiteness of the snow into a wide range of pinks and oranges. cool, dull greens made with yellow ocher and phthalo blue represent the trees in the distance, while the high contrast of the scene eliminates extraneous detail in the trees, the color made by mixing Payne's gray and raw umber. The blue sky is a light cerlean, while the deep blue shadows are made with different-strength mixes of phthalo blue.
- Painting with Light
Acrylics take on a lavish glow when they are showcased on transparent and translucent grounds and then brought to life by natural and artificial light sources. with light shining through, the color takes on an emotional, spiritual, and inspiriational appeal familiar not only in the stained glass found in places of worship, but also in televisions, computer monitors, and film screens. this wonderfully vibrant way of working with acrylics has been simplified by the wide variety of transparent supports, lamps and light boxes available in the marketplace.
Advances in pigment permanence ensure the performance of acrylic colors in interaction with artificial and natural light sources. The clarify of the acrylic gel allows the colors to shine through uninhibited by opacity. Matte mediums and transparent mixing white can be added to decrease the intensity of a color without altering its hue. Matte mediums also help to diffuse the light filtering through the supporting material. All of these elements combine to crete the perfect receipe for what I call painting with light.
- Tips on using your palette and painting knives
Whether you are looking for something to help scoop paint out of a jar mix color on the palette, or paint in heavy impasto, there are myriad palette and painting knives available to perform the task at hand. All are acceptable choices, provided they are well cleaned and maintained. Palette knives are used to mix paints and scrape palettes clean. They can be made from metal, plastic, or wood and will either be completely straight or have and offset handle. Painting knives are excellent for creating texture, doing impasto work, and applying sweeping acreas of flat color. They have large bends in the handle to keep your hand away from the painting surface, and come in numerous shapes, including diamond, pear, and trowel. The edge of the knife is blunt, so it won't cut the canvas.
- WHAT IS ABSTRACT ART ON CANVAS
Abstract Art On Canvas
Abstract art on canvas is ever-challenging, a blank space to fill with one’s artistic vision. The abstract artist may be formally trained, he may have tackled the challenge of self-training or he may be someplace in between, but he approaches the canvas the same way each time: What can I do with the question, “What is abstract art on canvas”? Can I make a worthwhile piece to show and then sell, to display or give to a friend?
The size of the canvas has a great deal to do with the impact of the piece and of course, its final destination, whether to grace a great room in someone’s home or a small hallway leading off to the refuge of the bedroom. Canvas forgives an artist’s insecurity of purpose and offers itself anew each time.
What is abstract art on canvas, you ask? First of all, abstract art uses form and color in a more highly subjective manner than the old-school traditional representational art and so you may find that abstract art reaches your mind on a subtler level than seeing a formal landscape, for instance. Your senses will be engaged, your mind, to a certain degree at the original viewing, disengaged, as you perceive the emotional impact of the shapes and colors that are taken from nature, but not part of it. The outline of a lily may be a simple isosceles triangle, or a series of triangles if the leaves also are shown, and you will read the title of the piece and see the symbolism inherent in the art without needing to see stamens and pistils and delicate traceries of the veins in leaves. It will simply say, “Lily,” to you.
There is a range in abstract art and the lily may be abstract on the canvas and its background not, or the person bending over to enjoy the lily’s fragrance may be slightly surreal in the artist’s focus on the person’s nose, for example. The artistic vision emphasizes, de-emphasizes, enlarges and shrinks each element in the painting and we appreciate this as we step back from the painting to observe the whole placement, the wall forming a negative space and the incoming light from a transom giving the whole area the look of a formal gallery. Abstract art is perhaps the least formal of the art genres and the ways to display it are many, but the traditional notion of hanging a canvas on a vertical plane remains the same. It is only the small details of lighting and placement that make each painting unique.
Should you frame the canvas? There are many answers to this question.
Many think that the general informal mood of abstract art should preclude framing and the piece should simply stand out as an extrusion of the wall behind it, a sort of shadow box effect. You be the judge, because it is your home or office, after all. You certainly want to protect your artwork, and a glazed frame will accomplish that admirably. Whatever you decide, the art is yours to enjoy and display, brag about and quietly contemplate. Or shout about, if it is a particularly lively piece.
- ABSTRACT PAINTING EXPLAINED
Art for art’s sake’ is a phrase that we have heard, but what does it mean? Pure form, with or without color? It serves the purpose of allowing the artist to express what is in his heart, mind and soul without beautifying a space or connecting to other images and memories. Abstract art is beyond teaching a moral lesson; it simply exists. This is abstract painting explained.
The result of the abstract painting may or may not be pretty and it may or may not reach the viewer by suggesting connections to other times and places. It will, however, stand alone as the artist’s vision and is complete in itself. Nothing can be added or take away or the piece will collapse in view of its integrity. It would then be less than perfect. Abstract art satisfies the artist and by extension, ourselves, on a visceral level. It may appear to be random strokes of acrylic paint on a canvas, but it is not. Each stroke adorns the painting in a progressively cohesive fashion, ending in the viewer’s statement of, “I like this piece!
And what do you do when you like something. You want it for yourself. You desire to hang the painting in your home, your office, your summer residence. You want it for others, and you give it as a gift for that special occasion to a significant other, friend or colleague. But if you’re unfamiliar with the terms of abstract art, you want to brush up on your knowledge of the subject. More than in any other artform, abstract art is about subjective, nonverbal expression, and from this definition it follows that abstract art is very personal. How do we define something so subject to individual interpretation? Perhaps the simplest way to start is by stating what it is not.
Abstract art cannot be random; in other words, shapes and splatters that lack intention or mindlessly repeated patterns do not constitute art. Abstract art must convey intention in ways outside the conventional means of line and perspective. Painting like this is difficult, as any artist can tell you, but when he is successful in creating that perfect piece, a new language of color and form will have come into being. And likewise, as any artist can tell you, the viewer may sense this new language but not perfectly define it verbally. It takes practice to speak in the language of art!
Abstract painting, as intuitive as it is, may be compared to self-expression in its purest form. The artist reaches inside himself and expresses his innermost qualities of perception, without a plan, without doing anything other than painting what we all have in common and what only he, at this particular moment in time, can depict. Some call it irrational, pure feeling, while others call it zen. The abstract term is like an abstract of a scientific paper: it is the science of art distilled into a simple paragraph, or in artistic terms, a painting.
Abstract Art Paitning Questions and Feedback
- Hi there! I was just wondering if you have ever displayed your work at University Hospital Case Medical Center? My boyfriend works there and was describing some paintings that he saw there one day a few weeks ago, and I was curious if it could have been you! Please let me know :) THanks!
- Hello, is your Deep Violet painting for sale?
No this painting is available for recreation only. Which means that if you purchase this abstract painting I will create a similar one for you.
- Saw you on youtube and then checked out your site. Amazing Art! Do you make custom artwork? We are looking for an abstract painting in shades of purple, maybe with some brown . If so, what would be the costs? Iit would be for a large wall and we are open to ideas about one large piece or two or three pieces that go together. Look forward to your reply.
cost would be determined based on the size of the canvas and the difficulty of the composition
- When you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint and with a sponge, use soft body? And should I be using a dry sponge, because I'm getting bubbles in my paint? Best regards.
Q:When you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint and with a sponge, use soft body? - A: I only use soft body acrylics. Q: And should I be using a dry sponge, because I'm getting bubbles in my paint? Best regards - A: rinse the sponge periodically in clean water
- Peter, when you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint? And do you use soft body paint for the sponge technique? Best regards. Jason
Q: when you use a spatula, is it best to use heavy body paint? A: it really depends on your personal preference Q: do you use soft body paint for the sponge technique? A: I personally prefer to work with soft body acrylics
- I would like to buy the DVD's.. Can I?
at this time I only offer streaming abstract art lesson video courses and tutorials on my other website at abstractartlesson.com
- Im not comfortable buying stuff online. Is any way of buying the gold package ata store?
at this time I do not offer any DVDs with my art video lessons only through subscription on my other website at abstractartlesson.com
- I have subscribe to your side but I don't know how to see your videos. Please help
please go to How It Works page on my other website at abstractartlesson.com and watch the tutorial video that will explain everything in details
- I am an artist myself, and I am interested in developing an affiliate website related to art and,more specifically, to abstract expressionist art. Do you have or would you be interested in affiliate marketing for your products? Jay Clapper
I am interested in affiliate marketing, but at the moment I do not have any system that is set up in order to do that
- Hi Pete Thank you for the very inspiring lessons I would like to know if you are having the canvas on a table og if you are uing an asel. The very wet painting never run down the canvas when you paint. Also how long does it really take you to make the paintings....not just 10-20 minuts I think :o Bedst regards Birgit Andersen
Q: I would like to know if you are having the canvas on a table or if you are uing an asel. A: I usually have small canvases layed on the table and larger ones either on the floor or on the wall. Q: Also how long does it really take you to make the paintings A: it depends on the size of the painting and difficulty of the composition
- Hi Pete, thank you for your amazing videos on youtube, "sky blue" and so on, it made my day. Just wanted to thank you, SimoneSimone (Germany)
- I am 77 years old. over 40 years ago I did some oil painting. Gave it up when children and life changes came. I recently decided to take up Acrylics. However, I have developed what is called a familial tremor. I have very bad shaking in my hands. I feel that Abstract would be the best way of expressing myself. I just found you on YouTube tonight. I have looked at other tutorials, but I must tell you Peter, when I watched two of yours, I began to cry. It touched me so deeply, because I sort of knew what colour you were going to add next. I felt that your method is one I could use, even though I have the tremor. I also have a lung condition, so I am housebound a lot, but I do volunteer to support people to stop smoking, via a COPD group on the internet. Have done so for almost 20 years. But I so want to get back to painting. I have some paints and some canvas, but I want to get some more things that will help me. Sponges and mediums to keep paint from drying. You have given me new hope that I once again can create. Thank you so much, Peter. My heart soared tonight and my tears were those of joy.Joyce Stewart Toronto, Ontario,Canada
- Sharing such intimate beauty...the process...the here and now of creation. Words can not express.Merci, il y a longtemps que j'ai senti si profondement la vie...xxxLeslie Ann Northern Quebec Canada
- Great art works, you have really tapped into something. Very strong statements also a very good range of concepts. Brilliant!Andrew
- I ordered two fantastic paintings from Peter. I have to say the price was very reasonable the shipping was quick and the paintings are really incredible. I would HIGHLY recommend placing your order, you will not be disappointed.Derek DQ USA Salt Lake City, Utah
- Peter I really think your art is so amazing! I am just a kid but i still paint my heart out and when i see your paintings I can read it just because of the beautiful colors that you use. Your technique with the sponge is amazing I just learned how to do it last week and I am on my 30th painting. I am a big fan of your paintings.One word i can describe your paints are perfect i have seen all your videos. If you actually had the time to read this thank you so much!Fernando Milwaukee
- We have seven of your paintings and we love every one. We can't wait to add to our collection. We missed you at the Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest this year. Hope to see you next year!Lori Dayton, OH
- Hi Pete, I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your painting videos on Utube. Please keep making them. I soooo enjoy them. Thank for sharing your art.Brenda Baltimore
- Hi Pete, Love your art work "White tree" posted on youtube. Its simply awesome!! I tried it myself with few modifications because i think i couldnt paint even near to your work. somehow i managed and would love to get your comments on that. Painting is my hobby and i love to try new techniques and paintings..pls let me know where can i send u my work.Shachi