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After beginning The Artist’s Way, a book by Julia Cameron, I’ve been trying to step out of the box and try new things. I bought a 12 by 16 inch pack of black canvases with the idea of making a few Valentines Day-themed paintings. My Good Vibes Abstract Heart Painting turned out differently than what I originally planned.
My intention was to paint a faux stained glass heart collage, and add a few chocolate-dipped strawberries for good measure. I guess the paint and brushes had minds of their own. After I painted the big abstract heart in the middle, there was no going back. The greens and yellows and oranges and reds were so vibrant. The strawberries, the good vibe conversation hearts, and the background all became abstract. The process was so much fun! I’m in love.
What is abstract art anyway? At its core, I think abstract style is about breaking away from realistic depictions of what we see. It is about exploring form and color. I like to compare traditional art to Literary Realism and abstract art to Romantisicm in literature. I definitely prefer the latter. Give me Frankenstein over Tom Sawyer any day of the week.
I traced the main elements onto the canvas, then base-painted everything in the midtone of each color. That is what painting with acrylics is all about. In general, you begin with the color in the middle, shade with a darker tone, then highlight with the lightest one.
I hope you enjoyed my Good Vibes Abstract Heart Painting, and I dare you to Hope, Dream, Inspire, Explore, Love, Be, Enchant, Imagine, and Create this week!
Happy Valentines Day!
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