Abstracts can tend to confuse non-artsy people. They can often over think the deeper meaning. But sometimes, it comes down to a creative process. Artists are always looking for new ways to make marks. A lot of it is experimentation – experimenting with colours, experimenting with chemicals to get new reactions, experimenting with application beyond the traditional brush. 

I personally, love it when an artist discovers a new technique and they pull a subject out of this new technique. It fascinates me when paint is thrown at a canvas, then the artist goes back and finds a face in the paint splatters. Now that’s fun! But pure abstract expressionism can be a lot of fun too. 

According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism), “Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s… its emphasis [is] on spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation.”

Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings are considered abstract expressionism where there is no distinct subject but the focus is on the process of creating. 

Jay Meuser, a California abstract expressionist said “It is far better to capture the glorious spirit of the sea than to paint all of its tiny ripples.” There is complete creative freedom the further you step away from realism.” 

Another abstract expressionist painter you might be familiar with is Mark Rothko. This video is a great overview of his painting technique. 

Capture movement, capture emotion as you paint. Whether you drip paint or apply thin layers of paint, the fun is in the creative process. The more you experiment with your art supplies you might be able to achieve your own technique that others will want to mimic. Here’s a great video to get you started.

For an inspiration board of abstract expressionism please visit my Abstract Pinterest board. 

Next week, we are going to take a look at a style of painting that can, actually, be very confusing. That style is Surrealism, so stay tuned.