Abstract Paintings With a Story

My modern abstract paintings have a story and a name, because what I feel I express with my contemporary abstract art. I want the viewer to know why I paint too, so I provide a brief description. I think it’s important to have a short story and a name for each of my colorful textured wall hangings to make it complete.
I find inspirational stories and names in nature. I paint about water, leaves, festivals, flowers, wind and storms. For instance if there are alot of splotches on the canvas I might mention rain or water, but I then I also like fun quirky stories and names like Dreaming Myself Awake shown above which is more about my state of mind and internal experiences.
When I paint I also think about who might buy each abstract painted canvas. What the future owner of that original abstract painting would like and what their home decor style is. I’ve created paintings for one of my sisters that had plenty of greens, blues and purples, the abstracts fit in perfectly with her decor. For another sister I paint artwork using primarily yellows and oranges which worked very well in her home.
Abstract painting is an organic experience. While I might start a abstract painting with an idea in mind, I have no fixed plan and may switch direction part way through the painting process depending on what transpires before me on the canvas.

The abstract painting Dreaming Myself Awake shown above is a textured acrylic with bold thickly painted swirls in green with blue, red, orange, yellow and purple highlights. My strange colorful dreams mesmerize me, one rolling into another with odd details and fantastical moments that slowly wake me up. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".

Modern Abstract Art is for Everyone

Painting colorful abstract art with my nieces is a fun and unique afternoon experience. They understand the concept of letting creativity happen spontaneously. I wasn't surprised they did so well at contemporary abstract painting, kids are naturals at staying in the moment.
At first I wondered if they would understand what abstract painting is, but they easily painted colorful bold abstract interpretations of objects around them. They knew it was not about being realistic to the shape and form of the objects, but about capturing the feelings that objects could evoke when personalized. Expressing that on canvas with color, texture and brush stroke was childs play to them.
What I learned about abstract art from my nieces is that I have to keep it fun, if I don’t my artwork visibly suffers. If I get stuck on one abstract painting, I put that canvas aside for awhile and keep going with another painting and then when I'm ready I come back to the original painting. Modern abstract painting is a great learning experience for all other things in life, if I’m not keeping it loose and going with the flow it shows.
The abstract painting Pretty Houses in the Hills shown above is a textured acrylic with bold thickly applied paint in green and blue with red, orange, yellow and purple paint used for the houses and fall colored leaves. Here the enchanted rolling hills are filled with vibrant colors in the fall. This original wall hanging measures 16" x 20".


Abstract Art Trends and Styles in Home Decorating

My original abstract paintings have a modern contemporary style. My abstracts are expressive in shape and color, they’re textured, bold, vibrant and happy. I like having a cheery abstract scene hanging over my breakfast table and a bold splash of color in my living room.
I love a stylish bright lived in home with eclectic furniture pieces, comfy pillows and great lighting to show off the wonderful decor items I’ve collected over the years such as my pretty vases, pottery and glass. But nothing is more beautiful than a modern abstract painting to inspire you and bring everything in your room together. The colors and textures in the abstract art will pick up and draw out the colors of all the surrounding pieces creating a dynamic multi-layered space.
Tip: you can update your home just by taking out a few decor pieces and changing them for other decorating items. There is no need to make a big project out of it. Then see what I mean by using a bold contemporary painting as a focal point to pull all the other elements together. View your space with the abstract painting and then without and you’ll see the difference immediately.
The abstract painting City Life shown above is a textured acrylic with connecting swirls and bold paint strokes of red, orange and yellow with touches of green and blue. The city is full of energy and always in motion, peoples lives intersect and converge constantly. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".