Do you think, to do abstract or semi abstract painting,you don’t need to learn drawing and other skills of Traditional Painting? Is it true?

Many people, art students and some artists think, to do abstract painting they don’t need to learn drawing and other skills of traditional painting. It’s an absurd notion. It’s like jumping into the deep waters without learning swimming. Imagine, what’s going to happen then.

The same will happen to anyone who wants to do modern or abstract painting without learning the skills of traditional painting. These skills of traditional paining are the language of Art.

Here I am giving four figures.

                                 Figure 1 : Photograph ( Taken by me)


Figure 2 : Value Plan ( Working from the photograph using Composition   approaches )


                  Figure 3 : Abstract Painting ( Painted from the Value plan)

Figure 4 : Semi abstract painting ( Changing Abstract Painting to Semi abstract painting).

Me, My Child           Artist : Magunta Dayakar

If we take next step, we work the semi abstract painting into a realistic painting.

In fact, every realistic painting will be planned as an abstract structure by composition. From then, it would be worked as a semi abstract painting. The next step … it will be fine tuned into a realistic painting.

This is the way the artist who has a good understanding on the language of art, works realistic painting.

Once again we look into the approach …
Your subject ( Photograph or some other from the life which inspired you)

If you like to do abstract painting stop your work at first step ( Figure 2 )

If you like to do semi abstract painting stop your work at second step (Figure 3)

or If you like to work realistic painting continue to next step, that would be the realistic painting.

Sketching, Value, Color, Edges, Perspective and Composition …these are the things every art student has to learn whether they paint abstract, semi abstract or realistic painting. You call them … Language of Art.

I will discuss about them in the coming weeks.

Read this snippet
(Excerpt from my kindle book ‘ Everyday Experiences of a Struggling Artist ‘)

One day a young lady came to me.

” I wan to learn Modern art. ”  She asked me.

” What do you mean by Modern art? ” I asked her.

” … modern art … modern art … ” she didn’t know what to say.

Simply she was bewildered.

I waited for her reply.

After few moments of confusion, she came out with an answer. ” Modern art is … something, artist expresses in a free manner, which does not need to follow any rules. ”

” Which rules are you talking about? ” I asked her, trying to know what’s in her mind.

” We don’t need to bother about drawing, we don’t need to worry about strict painting methods. Just we paint the way we like. ”

I didn’t talk anything immediately. I was silent for some time, then I asked her, ” Who said to you modern art is like that? ”

” … many said. ” a little bit of hesitancy in her voice.

” It’s a wrong notion, ” I tried to explain her in a sympathetic tone. ” whatever happened in art in the period of 1860 to 1970, related to experimenting with different materials, ideas was called Modern art. So many isms and styles were there. Every artist understood the rules. You could not call them as rules, call them as ‘ Language of art’. Take for example Picasso, do you think he didn’t apply the rules in his works? He applied it in every work of his. Not only he, other artist’s also did the same, whether they are Abstract art, Fauvism, Futurism, Expressionism, Suprematism or Surrealism, whatever they are, those artists followed language of art, which you called ‘ Rules. ‘ So if you want to learn modern art, first you learn language of art. Then whatever way you want to express your emotions, you go with it. ”

Again a few minutes silence,

She asked me, ” I have understood what you said is true but … I am confused. Then why are they saying that you can learn modern art without bothering about any rules? ”

I smiled at her, and said… ” Ignorance. ”

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