Abstract Watercolor Paintings – A Rise in Popularity

What is Abstract Painting?

Abstract paintings are a contemporary style of art that originated during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, some of the era’s most notable artists had experimented with abstractionism in art thought it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it was recognized in a substantial light as an art form that could be explored further. In its most basic form, abstract art consists of an artist’s expression of ideas in a way that is drastically different from classical art. Classical art required artists to recreate faithful representations of their subject; the object of such paintings is so focus as much as possible on realism. Abstract Art on the other hand, is very different. Abstract artists tend to leave the realm of reality and focus their efforts towards creating a painting that appears very detached from any real sense of the world.

Some of the earliest pioneers of abstract painting include Pablo Picasso, abstract art was in its infancy at that time and as such, paintings dating from that time tend to be very different from Abstract Art as we know it today. In a nutshell, Abstract Paintings are aimed towards appealing to the human subconscious. Abstract art does not have an ordered layout and usually comprises of seemingly random shapes and disproportionate objects that are arranged in a haphazard manner. The color scheme of such paintings is also detached from any realistic approaches, for example; an abstract artist might show the sky to be pink or red instead of blue!

Such deliberate play with colors is said to be the translation of some of the deepest of human emotions. There is no definite order in abstractionism, and often the artists tend to be very crude in their representations, it is not uncommon to notice visible brushstrokes; thus giving the painting an even more raw and vulgar appeal.

Abstract Watercolor Paintings:

Ever since abstract art became popular during the early 20th century, there have been many notable and famous abstract artists over the years. While originally all painting consisted of oil on canvas, watercolors have seen a steady rise in popularity since the 1960s. Watercolors give the artist the freedom to experiment freely with different combinations of colors, and the colors themselves are a lot cheaper as compared to oil based paints. Watercolors can also be safely used on any kind of paper, even the usual light grit paper will suffice for most watercolors; thus eliminating the need of purchasing costly canvases.

Watercolor paintings can be used to convey emotions, dreams, illusions and other items of the human subconscious onto paper in a very unique way, watercolors tend to be a lot brighter and vivid as compared to their oil based counterparts.


Today, watercolor painting is considered quite a substantial rite in itself, and it can further be divided into a number of categories like Graffiti, light paintings, Moleskin art, Vexel Artworks, and Handcraft, etc. Some of these watercolor abstracts can be found in art museums and even on the internet. The watercolor method is so easy to master that nowadays, any art enthusiast can practice the basic skills required for abstract watercolor painting and then indulge in his passion. Watercolor paintings from new authors can be found online, since many people advertise their work by uploading pictures or scanned copies of their originals on Flicker or other websites.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who have taken up watercolor painting as a permanent source of income, since there are many people who cherish a passion for good art and the sky high prices of most professionally done paintings tend to discourage them from buying them. Having an abundance of new and talented painters mean that the online market and art auctions are now flooded with new entries from previously unknown artists. Now anyone can select a painting that suits his taste or would go well in his living room, and not have to pay an exuberant amount of money for it. Watercolors have more or less had a profound impact on the art industry, and it is clear that it is here to stay.

About the author

Arlene is a passionate art lover, with interests including researching famous historic painters, oil paintings, wall arts, and doodling around with colors!

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