Becoming an Abstract Painter

An abstract painter at heart, I took a long time getting to painting as a career. Instead I pursued what I thought I should be doing. I worked as a graphic designer, sometimes for some pretty big companies.

Textured abstract with blue, green, red, orange and yellow paint. Thickly applied swirls and shapes show fashionable ladies wearing hats with long hat feathers, 18” x 24”
In that long break from painting I wondered why I felt so uncomfortable and stressed in an office setting. When I was younger and even into my 20s I remember painting abstract and landscape paintings. I had felt great then, so I started painting again to reduce stress. This time I naturally focused on abstracts, because I felt connected with the bold colours, thick textures and broad brush strokes of my abstract paintings.
Now I tell friends to hang paintings and wall art in their offices to make it professional yet comfortable, homey and inspiring. I also think anyone can paint, so pick up a paintbrush or spatula and paint on whatever surface you find. Don’t miss out on the benefits that developing your own creativity can give you.
Painting is spiritual. I like many artistic things, but I feel the most fulfilled when I’m painting abstracts in my studio. There is a meditative feeling I get from painting. I feel like I’m replenishing my soul every time I pick up a spatula and put it to canvas. 
Hat Feathers shown above is painted with acrylic paint in shades of blue, green, red, yellow and orange and measures 18" x 24". Here fashionable ladies chat in the park wearing gaily feathered hats. The feathers are so long they curve down and dance with each ladies’ movements.

Bold Abstract Art Creates a Happy Home

Abstract painting is healing. When I paint my spatula connects with the canvas, my arm movements go from rigid to relaxed and I release stress, anger and pain. I paint to feel good and it always works. Now I want to improve everyone’s life through bold colourful abstract paintings.
Textured abstract flowers in blue, purple, green, red, yellow and orange paint applied thickly in bold swirls creating a field of colourful summer blooms, 18” x 24”
Some artist paint their feelings as dark angry images and it’s therapeutic for them. That’s not how I work, bold colourful abstract painting is my therapy. When I enter my painting studio and see all my favorite happy bold paint colours and imagine all the organic free flowing shapes I can create on canvas, my body and mind transformation already starts to take place. My finished abstract paintings don’t reflect any of my negative emotions.
If your artwork and home decor items compete on an emotional level, your living space could be creating chaos within you. For instance if there is a pretty floral abstract hanging on the wall and nearby you have a throw blanket with a hunting scene depicted on it, only keep what seems uplifting and build on that.
Having colourful happy paintings and pleasing decor items in your home will breathe life into your family after a long day. Your environment has a much stronger effect on you than most people realize. Never paint, buy, or hang a painting in your home that will make you feel anything but your best.
Summer Flowers in Bloom shown above is painted with acrylic paint in shades of blue, purple, green, red, yellow and orange and measures 18" x 24". Here flowers open to the welcoming heat of the sun and show off their striking colours to people passing by on an afternoon stroll.


Abstract Paintings for Small Spaces

Hanging original abstract paintings in small nooks, landings and hallways provides a great opportunity to create flow from one living area to the next. Many times these spaces can be mystifying, but well placed small abstracts won’t let these often neglected areas fall flat on you.
Textured abstract in shades of deep blue, purple and green. These thickly applied paints form wind swirls, scattered leaves and shadows as the sun goes down, 18” x 24”

Three smaller abstract paintings hanging in a row can have the same visual impact as one larger painting and are more suited to hallways, or small cozy nooks where a larger painting would be too overwhelming.

If you have a small nook or landing with high ceilings consider hanging a few colourful smaller abstracts stacked one above the other, the bright paintings will bring the viewer's eye up and provide the space with an expansive feeling. The colour and texture of the abstracts you choose can vary and the overall effect will still be unifying.
While you don’t have to fill every wall with an original painting, that small surprise you see as you round the corner will be worth it and your guests will enjoy uncovering the story of you and your home through the art you've thoughtfully selected. So don’t miss an opportunity to add design and style to your home with one-of-a kind abstract paintings.
Nightfall shown above is painted with acrylic paint in shades of deep blue, purple and green and measures 18" x 24". Here the wind swirls, leaves scatter and shadows form and grow as the sun sets. A magical time of day when one thing blends into the next and we see we are all truly connected.