Category Archives: TEACHING – ABSTRACT PAINTING CONCEPTS & METHODS

A Composition Technique

Composition is, of course, an important skill to develop. Many books have been written on the subject. DaVinci is reported to have recommended that young painters look at mold stains on the walls and try to see landscapes. This is sometimes referred to as ‘forced’ or re-purposed composition. Henry Rankin Poore wrote on it in… Read More »

TONAL ABSTRACT TONAL METHOD APPLIED TO 4 SEASONS EXERCISE, (JAN 27 2016)

FOUR SEASONS COLOUR SCHEMES FOR ABSTRACTIONS This exercise introduces the “tonal abstraction” method for painters. It begins with identifying light shapes, created by a surrounding tone of about 50% gray, or equal colour;  Then extensions, underlaps and individual shapes are identified in the gray space and the surrounding negative space is shaded to 80% gray,… Read More »

Four Seasons (Winter) Tonal Concept – 1 Of 3 (Fall 2015)

This was part 1 of a 3-part tonal painting exercise – the “Winter” part of Four Seasons.  The point of this exercise is to practice “negative” shape-making and to better understand tonal design.  It can be done over and over, using different colours, different mediums. These are some very essential painting skills that can be… Read More »