Abstract painting

edited December 2019 in Post Your Paintings
I tried this abstract painting to feel the freedom of expression. Im not sure if it looks any good or pleasing to eyes. I use to think abstract paintings makes no sense but a random workmanship without any thought process. I still have this confusion. Dont get me wrong, I do find lot of abstract paintings out there are cool and interesting.

We rarely see abtract shared in forum. I would like to know your general opinion on abstract paintings and what do you think are the key elements that makes a good abstract painting.



  • CJDCJD -
    edited December 2019
    With all the stamp-like marks my first thought was that this might be a digital painting.

    I like the mark-making and good edges.

    I would like it more if there was more to it - if it was more identifiable as a landscape with slightly more realistic colours, but with the same or similar style of brushwork.

    Something like this by Marc Bohne

    or this by Hester Berry

  • edited December 2019
    I've sometimes wondered whether taking a landscape and reducing it to basic geometric forms and flat colour with thick paint and big brushes would work as abstract painting. No doubt that's been tried before. Marc Bohne tends in that direction.  @sjeyaram, your painting reminds me of Rothko's colour field paintings but with a but more detail than his.  :)
  • Thanks  @CJD and @tassieguy for introducing Marc Bohne. His works are absolute delight to view and study.
  • I tried this seascape in acrylic taking Marc's foot steps. Eager to know your view.

  • sjeyaram said:
    I tried this seascape in acrylic taking Marc's foot steps. Eager to know your view.

    A lovely work overall, but I would have probably made the sky a bit brighter, unless you were trying to suggest that a storm was approaching. Can you tell me what type of boat that is? I'm not familiar with it.
  • The term 'abstract' in ordinary use to cover a multitude of things. So quickly looking at Tate Gallery definition:
    Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else. ...It is also applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality.
    For me personally abstract art can be good for two reasons:
    1. The image itself has objective worth: It is striking, moving, fascinating, beautiful or powerful in its own right: You just look at it and love it.
    and / or
    2. They communicate what they set out to communicate: It successfully conveys the 'abstraction' the artist set out to express. If they threw paint around and then decided what it meant (as two art students I once lived with did just before their assignments were due. They told me they just 'crapped on a bit' to the lecturer and got As and Bs) - I'm afraid I simply cannot avoid a small degree of contempt. I could do that kind of 'fascinating interpretation' as well as any artist with spilled soup on the floor.
  • @sjeyaram I like your abstract at the top and I'm difficult to please with abstract art. It's visually very pleasing. You've used dark and light to create a sense of depth. The contrasting warm and cool through complementary violet and gold is something you feel. And the textural work gives it a gritty substantial feel.
    I just realised this is an old thread!
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