Peter Dranitsin: Abstract Painting Techniques
This is a cracking art tutorial with a great backing song aimed for the beginner to intermediate abstract artist. The video is slightly time lapsed but the finished result would have been finished in well under an hour in my opinion. Peter Dranitsin has definitely got it sussed when it comes to producing beautiful eye-catching abstract art pieces so with just a few basic materials and utensils you can without doubt expect to achieve the same professional finish to your painting.
The video begins with a list of utensils and they are as follows: A medium paint brush, Liquitex acrylic paint, a spatula, a regular sponge, and two bottle s of paint mixed with water in black and white. Begin by wetting the canvas and painting white to achieve your background setting and allow to dry before proceeding with the following steps.
Using your spatula apply a generous amount of dark brown acrylic paint (or whichever color you prefer) and repeat this at the bottom of the canvas. Reach for your medium acrylic paint brush and use a pull back motion using black paint within the brown painted areas to create a rough textural effect until your desired level of texture is achieved.
The fun part takes place when you use a woodgraingin tool to create two large semi circles on your canvas by pulling the tool through all the acrylic paint which you have applied to your piece so far. This instantly starts to give your abstract painting purpose and direction as well as a new dimension to work from. Within the arcs of the circles use the medium paint brush again to add jet black paint creating depth, then use the sponge to dab and soften the edges. Repeat this process again until you are happy with your abstract composition and continue this painting technique within the second semi circle slightly lower down on the page.
You now need a focal point so using the spatula apply a flat smooth amount of white paint to the middle of both circles which looks extremely striking and contrasts beautifully with the dark black and brown hues. With the sponge soften the edges of these white areas to imitate the soft edges of the previous darker areas.
With an artist’s palette knife quite literally scrape the excess paint from top to bottom in parallel to create a fantastic transparent effect. At this point you can be very experimental with this technique and use thin and wide lines of transparency and even deviate to produce something different to what Dranitsin is achieving. Again with the med brush apply blocks of color in a shapes such as squares and rectangles to add another few focal points within the abstract piece.
Dranitsin finishes with his two bottles of water down acrylic paint and applies to both the top and bottom of the painting in a sporadic application but makes sure not to go overboard and detract from all the other wonderful textures and colors contained within the composition. Have fun with it, that is the most important part of creating abstract art.
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