Setting Up Your Abstract Painting Studio

Create an abstract art studio with an inspiring atmosphere by hanging your own artwork on the walls. Set up your artist easel or painting area so you get the most of the natural light available and add light if needed. I use white light, also called a full spectrum light bulb.

For abstract painting you want a calming yet cheery oasis to paint in. It’s your workspace, but you can still add beautiful original abstract paintings and colorful tasteful decor to create the atmosphere you want for inspiration. So choose bold colorful wall hangings and decor, then be organized with your painting supplies.

Messy chaos never fosters creativity in me. Keep your abstract art studio clean and organized, so you can start painting at anytime. It’s good to have lots of uncluttered space in your studio, so put blank canvases against the wall and keep paint supplies, mixed paints, brushes and drop clothes in an old dresser or shelving unit until you need them. Having space to move around is important, because painting abstract art is about the flow of movement.

I put abstracts that I think are finished in another space, because I like to review my contemporary paintings again after not seeing them for a few days. With a fresh perspective I can decide if the paintings are truly finished or need more work. There is nothing worse than overworking an abstract painting that was better left alone. In the meantime I mix more paints and keep going with other abstract paintings. 

The abstract painting Fire Dragons shown above is a textured acrylic in blue and smoky blue with flashes of orange, yellow and red. Dragons flying in the sky create clouds of smoke, streaks of lightening fire and a frightening noise, but this is just play for them. Playing with fire. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".

Trying New Abstract Painting Techniques

Experimenting with your abstract paintings? There are many things you can try like varying your brush movements across the canvas to get interesting shapes, also experiment with the pressure you apply to show the intensity or peacefulness of the moment. 

An abstract artist constantly needs to experiment with new painting techniques and styles to grow. What about different brush widths for either bold, or delicate abstract interpretations. Then try bold colors with contrasting light colors to add even more depth and emotional value to your abstract art.

For my abstract paintings I sometimes use everyday items as tools to paint on canvas with. Buy items from the dollar store like combs with varying prong widths, a squishy dog toy with a textured surface you can roll on your painting and try saran wrap, the dollar store has rolls and rolls of it. The great thing about the dollar store expedition is if you don’t like what you tried, you didn’t spend much money on it.

I bought a skipping rope to make random curve and circle patterns, spray bottles to splatter paint across the canvas where needed, long fibers to drag through random sections, fake flowers to leave flower impressions and I’ve also stuck buttons on my original abstracts.

The abstract painting Heavy Rain shown above is a textured acrylic with green, blue, dark stormy blue with flashes of yellow and pink. A downpour of rain has people running for cover, as others watch the storm from inside their homes and decide to stay in. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".

7 Things to Love About Abstract Paintings

I love colorful abstract art. Fun original paintings with bold colors and textures show your home in the best light and make you smile. Below are a some reasons for you to love colorful contemporary paintings too.
  1. You can spend all day looking at an abstract painting hanging in your home. With interesting shapes and textures you just can’t stop admiring it.
  2. Friends and family compliment you on how good your home looks with your new abstract painting. It feels warm and welcoming.
  3. You feel happier when your wake up looking at inspiring one-of-a-kind art hanging on your bedroom wall. It adds to your well-being, so you know you can get through anything today.
  4. Your original art doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive and it’s easy to find something unique online.
  5. It’s great fun to make your own abstract paintings too. Showcase your creative side by painting something uniquely you. Your bold abstract will highlight who you are; fun, sophisticated and original.
  6. Hanging a colorful modern abstract can make old furniture in your living room seem like new again and creates a great focal point to bring everything in the space together.
  7. An abstract painting is a great gift for friends. It’s bold, bright and your friends are happy to receive it.
The abstract painting Bluebirds shown above is a textured acrylic with blue, red, pink and orange. A bluebird sings in the early morning from it’s perch in the trees. More bluebirds flying close by land in the trees and join in. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".