How to paint like Willem de Kooning

After Jackson Pollock, de Kooning was the most prominent and celebrated of the Abstract Expressionist painters. Although he established his reputation with a series of entirely abstract pictures, he felt a strong pull towards traditional subjects and would eventually become most famous for his pictures of women, which he painted in spells throughout his life. Later he turned to...
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Whats up in the wednesday class with Abstracts and Bicycles?

Abstract Art may seem outrageously free, but in actual fact, it always has a firm rationale. What can hold everything together? A composition, what we can call a formal foundation. Some types of composition include an overall design (be careful here as this design can get repetitious and visually boring) a radial design (everything radiates from the center) a grid i...
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How to make good Abstract Art

Abstract Art may seem outrageously free, but in actual fact, it always has a firm rationale. What can hold everything together? A composition, what we can call a formal foundation. Some types of composition include an overall design (be careful here as this design can get repetitious and visually boring) a radial design (everything radiates from the center) a grid i...
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What’s up in the Wednesday class…The Search for Expressive Brushwork

In Western painting, the use of thick, expressive brushstrokes emerged largely in the late-19th and early-20th centuries; the tendency is visible in many of Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne's landscapes, still lifes, and group portraits, as well as in Henri Matisse's vivid Fauvist paintings. The technique continues to be used by some of the most influential painters working tod...
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