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Step by step tutorial: Intuitive semi abstract landscape with acrylics on canvas

Intuitive painting: When painting, you need a bit of planning, but it is also nice to leave some space for surprises and use your intuition. The more I paint, the more I plan before painting but also the more I allow myself to change my mind and not follow my plan 🙂

Here is how you can use acrylics to paint a semi abstract landscape, leaving some part to intuition and chance.

mixing acrylic inks for washes

Here are a few tips for intuitive painting

  • It is easier to leave some part to chance in the first steps of the painting as you will get many opportunities for corrections. This is the time to have fun, splash paint around, and let the paint do its own thing.
  • You can rely on a reference picture for inspiration and maybe to help at some stages of the painting, but if you can manage to distance yourself from that reference picture, you will probably see more of a personal style emerging and leave more space for interpretation versus precise depiction.

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  • Depending on your style, you might be more or less interested in being exact, but letting go of the idea of making everything perfect and leaving some space for trial and error can also be helpful with painting intuitively. It will also make the process of painting more enjoyable 🙂 Messy can be pretty.
  • Change your mind as much as you want. Some paintings paint themselves and some are a struggle from start to finish, but it is the struggle that sometimes allow us to try to solve problems in a different ways, be creative and take risks.

Here is a video of the first layer of the painting, it is all done wet on wet with fluid acrylics and I did also spray some alcohol to add textures.

Here is a step by step tutorial for a semi abstract landscape intuitive painting

The painting usually takes about a night to completely dry after that first layer.

draw the outline of your designs

If you like working from an abstract background, the next step is usually to draw outlines of your designs. You can use charcoal for that step if you would like to add a bit of smudging or you can also use Prismacolor Art Stix that won’t smudge. You can draw patterns of your choice, like here I am drawing leaves or try to see shapes in the abstract patterns.

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Prismacolor Art Stix

Prismacolor Art Stix are artist-quality woodless colored pencils for every level of expertise. Especially suited for color coverage of large areas, Art Stix offer a bold, smooth laydown of color.

You might also be interested in my online class : Painting Flowers in mixed media from imagination

Negative painting is also a very efficient method to work more intuitively, here I am painting everything except the space inside my outlines with regular bodied white acrylic paint.

paint the negative space with white acrylic
negative painting

All the negative painting has been done at that stage.

Then I am adding details and patterns with a dipping pen and ink/fluid acrylic.

adding patterns with a dipping pen and ink
drawing patterns with acrylic inks

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Speedball Sketching Project Set

This calligraphy pen and nib set gives you the tools needed to create beautiful works of art. Ideal for drawing, crosshatching, lithography, and fine details. Includes two plastic pen holders and six nibs.

zentangle leaves on top of acrylic painting
using a dipping pen with acrylic inks
using a dipping pen on top of acrylic painting
cleaning up the sides of your canvas

Before varnishing , I cleaned up the sides by painting them white.

gamvar varnish on top of acrylic

To finish, I used Gamblin, Gamvar Picture varnish which is a very fluid varnish. I like it because I find it less prone to make drips than a thicker varnish.

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Gamblin Gamvar Varnish

Gamvar is a synthetic resin gloss varnish developed by conservators at the National Gallery. It can be used on acrylic paintings as well as oils. Gamvar is a synthetic resin varnish with a high refractive index similar to that of natural resins.

 

intuitive paintings in the North Vancouver studio

The finished painting in the studio.

Luxuriance II

intuitive painting with acrylic and fluid acrylic inks