Abstract art is like visual poetry. Though instead of words and sentences, abstract artwork uses color, shape, line, form, pattern and texture to create a visual dance of the spirit.
On this site you can explore the meaning of abstract artwork, as well as learn how to make your own abstract artwork in a variety of media. Browse the Table of Contents below to find the topics and tutorials that most interest you!
An overview of abstract art paintings and drawings - Begin your abstract art education here and learn how to interpret abstract art.
Abstract Art as a Subject: What is abstract art all about?
Abstract Artwork as a Style: Discusses what abstract artwork looks like, in terms of form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process.
Need help understanding abstract artwork? If modern abstract art is a mystery to you, read this informative explanation of how to understand, experience and appreciate abstraction.
If you're still confused about abstract art, read How to Understand Abstract Art: An Explanation of Abstract Artwork for the Relatively Clueless.
Color in Art: A Look at the Many Combinations and Effects of Abstract Colors
Patterns in Art: Find out how patterns can make abstract art interesting! Lots of examples included.
Check out the colorful abstract paintings of contemporary artist Reggie Laurent!
Make Your Own Abstract Art
Here's an enlightening step-by-step visual guide about how to paint abstract artwork in acrylics. If you like colorful artwork and want to learn techniques for creating your own funky paintings, this guide is for you!
Make your own abstract watercolor painting! These watercolor painting instructions will show you step-by-step how to paint your own colorful abstract art, from start to finish.
Learn how to paint abstract art flower paintings in acrylics, by following this detailed step-by-step painting lesson!
Discover a variety of modern abstract artwork! Find out the different techniques and processes used to create this abstract artwork. Hello, inspiration!
Discover the funky and freaky world of Day of the Dead art! View colorful and intricate skull art that celebrates Dia de los Muertos in style. Learn what November 1 and 2 are all about!
Learn how to draw a mandala using these easy steps! Once you know how to draw mandalas, you can easily create your own mandalas to reflect your inner spirit.
Create a mind map to help you explore and clarify the contents of your mind. Learn how to mind map step-by-step by following the creation of my mind map example!
Learn how to draw patterns step by step! This fun and easy drawing tutorial shows you how to draw 4 different patterns. You'll also learn how to come up with your own ideas for patterns off the top of the your head.
Here's a fun Henna Hand Designs Art Project, where you can learn how to make a funky self-portrait featuring your very own hands and a dazzling array of abstract designs!
Learn how to draw paisley in this easy step-by-step lesson! Explore your creativity to fill your paisley with unique patterns and designs. Get inspired!
The beauty and freedom of abstraction is that it is not supposed to look like anything. Therefore it's the perfect way to express lofty, intangible concepts - such as timeless questions of a spiritual nature, or an exploration of the deep pools of human emotions, or an investigation of the various mysteries of life and existence. (Although that's not to say that all abstract art is heavily laden with deep existential meaning... a successful abstract can also be simply a pretty picture that uses pleasing colors!)
By its very nature, abstraction encourages free association, which means you can assign your own meaning to the artwork. It won't tell you what it's about... you must experience the artwork for yourself, and understand it in your own way. Because of this, it takes a heightened sensitivity to both create and appreciate abstract artwork. Just like music is patterns of sound, abstract art is a harmony of patterns and rhythms of color, form and/or line.
Take a look at my painting above, Surface Reality. A talented young musician described it very well by writing: "Surface Reality is music you can hold in your hand. It is music eye candy." His description was well-put and spot-on!
Abstract art is visual music. The colors and designs form harmonies and melodies that resonate off the canvas and reverberate in the mind and heart of the viewer. Many of the first abstract artists were influenced by music, such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
Abstract art expresses things that are beyond what we can see with our eyes. Instead of portraying images that we can easily grasp or understand, abstract art focuses on the non-linear world of emotions and the subconscious. It is a language of color. Through colors, shapes and designs, abstract artwork explores inner worlds and essences, corresponding to an inner reality. It is the perfect platform for exploring the nature of consciousness, and the contemplative and timeless questions of transcendence and spirituality.
Learn how to appreciate abstract art!
To learn more about abstract art and other art styles, check out this course from the Great Courses Plus: How to Look at and Understand Great Art. This comprehensive, 36-lecture video course will teach you ways of seeing that can help you grasp the meaning and richness of abstract art! If you sign up for the free trial, you'll get access to the course immediately, and I'll receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) that will help support this site.
If you like my abstract art, check out my printable Abstract Coloring Book with 20 pages of intricate abstract line art to fill in with COLOR!