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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.