dimanche 7 septembre 2014

The Rise In Popularity Of Abstract Watercolor Painting

By Kerri Stout

Watercolor paints have unique qualities and painters have used them successfully to create realistic images over the years. However, abstract watercolor painting has become increasingly popular as artists begin to appreciate the fluidity of this medium. They are pushing the limits and experimenting with colors, forms and lines creating works in many different styles.

Classical artists were required to faithfully represent their subject matter. However, abstract art almost defies definition. It is sometimes defined as the exact opposite of exact representation or realism. Subject matter varies considerably and includes concepts, ideas and the workings of the subconscious mind. It is more important to use colors, lines and forms to express a subject than to represent it realistically.

Historically, there have been many notable artists that experimented with abstraction. Kandinsky is accredited as being one of the first. He painted a picture in 1910 where any recognizable subject matter was hard to discern, just as he had intended. Picasso is well known for his cubism, Jackson Pollock for his drip paintings and Mark Rothko for his squares. These artists usually had a thought, idea or subject in mind and then sought to express it in their own way.

This type of art is often used to express human emotions. These may be captured with the use of color and form. A chaotic confusion of blacks and reds is often used to express rage. Circles of blues and greens may be used to create an impression of peace and serenity. Colors are also used in unexpected ways. What many cynics do not understand is that this type of art is not produced randomly. Every use of color and brush stroke is usually deliberate.

There are certain techniques that have to be mastered to use watercolors effectively. Learning how the various elements such as the paint, water and paper work together is essential. This often requires experimentation and practice to achieve the desired results. Another technique is layering of colors. This is important for achieving greater or lesser intensity.

Many new artists are coming up today due to easy access to classes and online courses. People can teach themselves and practice the basic skills they need to get started. Others appreciate the input of teachers with years of experience who can critique their work and help them to progress. Whatever means is chosen to learn, the fact remains that without understanding basic techniques, the attempts will be very amateurish at best.

However, at the same time, there are many talented artists coming to the fore and many of them are displaying their work online. This makes it possible for many art lovers to purchase work that appeals to them. The great variety available means that most people can find something to suit their taste without necessarily having to spend a fortune.

There has been a rise in popularity of watercolors in recent years. Artists enjoy the option it gives them to experiment. They do not always have to buy expensive canvases. There are many different types of paper that can be used and myriads of ways in which the paints can be used. The popularity of this art form is sure to continue for many years to come.

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