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What is abstract art?

While trying to come up with an idea for this month's art prompt, Abstract Art popped in my mind. I started looking it up and found the different definitions so interesting. Art that is not about any particular tangible subject. Such a strange concept! And so freeing! The way I am looking at it is: abstract art is art for the sake of expressing or possibly evoking emotions, moods, maybe using color and form to sing a song or describe a journey of the soul. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around.

I do know there have been many a times when I was creating a background for a piece of mixed media artwork and I couldn't bring myself to put a portrait or anything else on top of it. I found out that I love abstract art for the sake of playing with colors and composition! 

Please share your thoughts on the topic below. 

Also, check out these articles on the subject: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-purpose-and-meaning-of-abstract-paintings-in-modern-arts

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  • You are inspiring me to go abstract again! I found a YouTube channel of a German abstract artist who has a lot of videos of her painting process, which includes a lot of fun experimentation. She explains her process in both German and English!!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQfxK10BeuThl3VAZn6I-0A

    Sabine Belz
    Das Malen ist meine Passion, und ich möchte in meinen Videos ein kleines Spektrum der von mir angewandten Maltechniken der Acrylmalerei vermitteln. P…
    • Right on! Checking it out now. Thank you :) 

      Sabine Belz
      Das Malen ist meine Passion, und ich möchte in meinen Videos ein kleines Spektrum der von mir angewandten Maltechniken der Acrylmalerei vermitteln. P…
  • this is gonna be fun!
  • Hi Jane,

    It's funny what you said about not wanting to cover up some of your background work.   I just had the same experience.  And I ended up covering most of it up.  Now I feel like I've lost something special.  

    • Yep. I feel your pain.

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  • Art & Painting : What Is Abstract Art? - YouTube
  • Sorry Jane...this is not the place to ask this question, but I am having trouble getting where I want to go. I cannot find the "art prompts". How do I get there?
    • Or are you looking for all tagged a certain way? Like all of March's? In that case, until I set up a different system, you can go to the Art Prompts page and click on any of the images. They are linked to the corresponding months. Also, when you click on a photo, you will see tags under the image. If you click on those words it will take you to everything with the same tag.

    • Look towards the top of the page near the header for the Navigation Tabs. There is one that says Art Prompts. :)

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