Painting Basics TRACK: Week 4

Prompt

Choose a sound effect, and create an abstract painting as a reaction to that sound effect. You can use 1 sound effect for 1 painting, or combine & layer several sound effects for 1 painting.

Watch Prof Lieu‘s demo of this prompt here.

sound effects

We recommend the free YouTube audio library to find sound effects, it really helps when you can hear the audio many times as you work on your painting.

Recommended media

Any paint media: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics. We recommend using the same paint media for the entire track.

Artists for inspiration

Cristi Rinklin, Daniel Zeller, Cy Twombly, Michael Mazur, Arshile Gorky, Cecily Brown, Sarah Sze, Franz Kline, Pat Steir. Full list of abstract artists.

Abstract Painting Prompts

Watch Prof Lieu’s demo of this sound effect prompt here. This video demos exciting painting prompts to get you started creating abstract paintings in acrylic, using a wide range of techniques and tools for creating abstract paintings in acrylic paint. These prompts are a great way to jump start your process so you can get moving with your paintings. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Abstract Acrylic Painting Techniques

This video shows a wide range of techniques and tools for creating abstract paintings in acrylic paint. You’ll see how to create many visual effects in acrylic paint like how to achieve various types of textures, lines, strokes, and other unconventional tools. All of these techniques can be used to create a visual language to create abstract paintings. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

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