Abstract sketching

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CW2016_abstract_watercolor003 / Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbook, 21,0 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862

I did feel for trying some abstract paintings yesterday. I bought two more Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbooks to be able to work on two or more paintings simultaneously, which helps me to work faster and more intuitive and putting another brushstroke on one piece while the other one is drying. I did not expect ´masterpieces´ – I just want to explore the freedom of painting without a subject. It is not that easy for me to forget about the idea of a specific subject to paint, to be honest it feels like a real challenge. On the other hand I hope for some enhancement for my ´normal´ paintings by learning to put more expression in a single brushstroke, trying different color compositions etc.

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CW2016_abstract_watercolor004 / Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbook, 21,0 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862

Gestern war mir danach, mich noch einmal an abstrakte Malerei zu wagen. Ich habe mir zwei weitere Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbooks gekauft, um an zwei oder mehr Aquarellen parallel und gleichzeitig arbeiten zu können. Das hilft mir, schneller und intuitiver zu arbeiten und auf dem einen Blatt einen Pinselstrich zu setzen, während der auf dem andren Blatt gerade trocknet. Ich erwarte keine „Meisterwerke“ – ich möchte einfach die Freiheit des Malens ohne Motiv für mich entdecken. Es ist gar nicht so einfach für mich, mich von der Idee eines bestimmten Motivs zu lösen – um ehrlich zu sein ist es eine echte Herausforderung. Andererseits erhoffe ich mir davon eine Bereicherung für meine ´normalen´ Aquarelle, dadurch das ich lerne, mehr Ausdruck in den einzelnen Pinselstrich zu legen und neue und andere Farbkompositionen ausprobiere.

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CW2016_abstract_watercolor001 / Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbook, 21,0 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862
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CW2016_abstract_watercolor002 / Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbook, 21,0 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862
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6 thoughts on “Abstract sketching

  1. Just keep at it, abstract is difficult, there is no way getting around that fact. I like to see abstract as a very tender child who you are trying to coax into expressing himself. I know I couldn’t help that analogy, that is what came to me. 🙂 jumping in and learning and finding your way is an excellent way to get started. Remember don’t work on abstraction when frustrated or trying too hard, it goes against the flow of creativity.

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