Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.
– Wassily Kandinsky
Check out the videos below to deepen your understanding of where abstract art came from and what is involved in making it.
Philip Barlow’s out-of-focus oil paintings capture the light and colour of places. His unique approach is particularly interesting in his cityscapes at night – “blurring the focus of street lamps and headlights the way our eyes or a photographer’s lens might when adjusting to a city’s bright, multi-colored lights” (Colossal). More on his website.
Scott Naismith captures the beauty of light in the sky by using thick brushes and palette knives to create brightly coloured abstract landscapes. More on Colossal.