What inspires an abstract painting? As with realistic or impressionistic paintings, inspiration can come from a multitude of places/sources. Up until now, my abstracts evolved as they developed — as I applied layers of paint and texture. Often I would be many layers into a painting before its “voice” or message started to become apparent and I began to have a conversation with it.
This approach changed when I saw a stunning Cooper’s hawk photograph by a Facebook friend. With his permission, I used this image as my inspiration.
My Steps in Creating this Abstract Painting:
After I prepped my 24×36 panel with textured gesso, I then mixed colors for the color scheme I intended to use in the painting. I always determine my color palette before I begin painting. If I do not do this, it turns into a mess and I am not a happy camper. Some painters believe that this is limiting, I find it liberating!