How To Paint Abstract Art
Abstract art depicts an expression by color, visually. It is usually imaginary and does not represent actual images.
So, taking a different brush to keep the colors clean ,I'm going to show the first color harmony principle, so there's harmony and by harmony, I mean the chemical balance within the eye between yellow and its complementary color which is slightly purplish-blue we've seen before. The slightly more interesting color combination can be done by starting again with our first yellow but then the purple that we viewed before, we have split it into two different purples, one is a little more bluish which is here and the other one is a little bit more reddish. To this effect, we call it split complementarity.
Another way of achieving a color balance in your painting if you want absolutely restful harmonious result is to use the three primary colors. So, back to the color wheel, if you imagine the triangle in there, a triangle with three sides to have the same length, any of the three colors that the triangle picks, go create a color harmony, will have a color balance within themselves. So let's get started - the simplest one is the three primary colors, so we can paint some yellow again, then let's pick some magenta because this is a very dark color, it's not going to show its true nature that easily might have to highlight it later with some white and then the cyan blue which is the third primary color, again it's such a dark color that is not really going to show its true nature.
So then, if you pick some white and you rub it in, you'll be able to see the color popping in. If you pick some more white and rub in the magenta, you will again see a more vibrant variation. Those three colors put together, you also achieve color harmony.
So, another way of achieving color harmony is to have pure color, tint and white, so again with this mix, you have visual harmony. Another color arrangement that is always harmonious and non-clashing for the human eye is pure color, shades and black, so because black is so powerful, I'll start with the extremes here and then in the middle, I'll try to create a tone that will align between the two. Pure color shade black reminds us more of baroque paintings, great masters of light and shine.
Rembrandt have used this quite extensively. Another color arrangement that is quite pleasant to the human eye is tinston shade, so let's start with the shade, you mix the color with some black , you know, let's mix in some more color so it shows in the camera , so that a very dark red, and then we add the true color that is going to be used like this, we'll see a demonstration later and you will eventually add the tint, we add some white onto the paint so we have a tint, we start mixing gray into the middle color there behind it to make sure that the three colors look clean and crisp. So, summarizing, complementary colors, split complementary colors, the purple is divided in two, three colors, the harmony of tri art, so the three primary colors is an example of a tri art, pure color, tint, white is another example of color harmony, pure color, shades black, another example, and finally what is arguably the most refined of all is tint tone shade.
And that's how you can achieve color harmony in abstract paintings. .