Paint in Acrylic – Easy Abstract Roses


Here is a very quick exercise in painting abstract roses. You will need around 30 minutes plus drying time for this.

To make the artwork you will need:

  • Acrylic paints in white, red, blue and yellow.  If your budget is limited, you can use any red, blue or yellow you have on hand however, a cool red gives a lovely colour for roses.
  • Flat plastic spatula or palette knife, available at art shops (usually in a multi-pack.)
  • Large brush
  • A canvas in whatever size you like
  • plastic jar for water
  • rags to mop up spills

Here’s how:

  • Paint the primed canvas with a background mixture of white with a small dot of  yellow. This gives a lovely glow to the finished work. Allow to dry.
  • Make up a mixture of red with very small dots of  blue and yellow added.
  • If all this mixing sounds confusing, you can do your own thing with making colours.
  • Paint the canvas with this mixture as an undercoat and allow to dry for at least 1 hour.
  • When completely dry, mix up some white with a very small amount of yellow (this should look almost white) and apply over the red canvas.
  • While still wet, scrape swirls into the canvas using the side of the spatula and turning it to get some different qualities of line. Allow some of the swirls to fall off the edge of the canvas. This will allow the red undercoat to show.
  • Do not fuss or draw back into the swirls. Make your first mark the only one.
  • Allow to dry.

Below is a work done my Naomi Middelmann using the same process.

Go forth, forget about the outcome, enjoy the process and you will make a fine artwork!

Naomi Middelmann


Drawing – Weight and Volume

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“You can grasp the essential weight of an object even before you become conscious of its form or shape.

Form and weight are dependent upon all 3 dimensions – length, width and thickness.

We may think of form as the three dimensional shape of weight.

In searching for a realization of weight, it is not necessary to think in terms of kilograms or pounds. You can feel the weight through your own sense of energy when you imagine picking the object/model up off the ground or by the amount of energy you expend in lifting it.

In fact, you can think of weight itself as having energy. The weight of a stone presses to the ground. As you attempt to lift the heavy object, its weight resists you.

It is that understanding of its resistance to our energy that gives us a real awareness of weight.” Kimon Nicolaides

These artists focus on weight and volume in their work:

Jenny Saville

Fernando Botero

Lucian Freud

These drawings I did in a life drawing class where we focused on weight and volume.

This style of drawing is called “mimetic.”

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This style of drawing is called “dysgraphic.”

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Oh my goodness, I think I overfocused!

Edward A Burke’s site is a great reference for drawing and painting.