Two canvas art is a unique way to add interest to your paintings. This two canvas abstract flower painting was done in black and white. I purposefully only used those two colors. It began as an experiment and I’m so glad I decided to play around with the two different canvases. The end result of this abstract flower painting was breathtaking. I don’t usually name my art, but this one I felt drawn to name Balance. One side is dark and one side is light but they do balance each other out. It’s like life in some way. The key to making this abstract flower painting successful for me was focusing on opposition. For example on the black canvas I wanted to use white paint to off-set the black. For the white canvas I wanted to use black paint to off-set the white. Curious how this abstract flower painting was made? Keep reading… you’ll be glad you did 🙂
What I used:
- One black canvas
- One white canvas (same size as black)
- Black acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
How this painting was made:
To start this painting off, I took a clean large brush and loaded it up with clean water. I saturated the canvas with water that was on the brush, letting the water fall down the canvas. I also used a spray bottle with water in it to add water directly to the canvas.For this abstract flower painting I began with the white canvas. I took some white paint and began loosely implying the shape of some flowers in the background. I continued to let drips fall down the canvas. I wasn’t stingy on the water here either. I kept dipping my brush in water while keeping the paint on the paint brush. To start, here I used only white paint in the background to get an outline. Towards the end of this phase I took some black and made one suggestion of a black flower on the side of the canvas.Moving on, I set up the black canvas that I used as the other element in this abstract flower painting. Similar to the white canvas, I saturated the canvas in water. I didn’t use as much water for this canvas, however. I loaded a brush up with black paint and made a few suggestions of black flowers similar to what I did on the white canvas. This time, however, I concentrated on putting these on the bottom and the middle of the canvas. I took the slightest amount of white paint and made a few little sketch marks in the upper left corner, letting the water on my brush with some white paint run down.
The next steps for the black canvas portion of this abstract flower painting included creating the flowers. This part is where the “abstract-ness” comes in. I personally like to use a large paint brush when creating abstract flowers. I took some black paint and suggested some circular flowers throughout the canvas. Next, I wanted to use my contrasting color: white. I made sure this was pure paint. For the white to truly stand out on the black canvas, I didn’t use any water at this point. I made a few circles and ovals suggesting flowers. Once I was happy with my white suggested flowers, I added water to the paint brush that already had white on it. I held it at different points of different flowers to encourage dripping.Continuing this abstract flower painting… back to the white canvas. Just as I did on the black canvas, I took some pure black paint and suggested some black flowers followed by allowing the paint to “drip” along the canvas. The black drips coming from the black suggested flowers seem to look like stems in this painting. I love that the black stands out so much against the white. So I tried to stay away from mixing up a lot of gray paint and truly stick to black on the white canvas. So dramatic 🙂At this point in the abstract flower painting I took a step back and compared the two canvases. This helped me begin to work on each canvas with the other canvas in mind. I started to add small marks to make the canvases tie into one another.For a lot of these finishing small marks, I like to use my pallet knife. Sometimes I will make streaks across the painting and sometimes I like to use the tip of the knife to add “dots.” Here I added some small dots with black paint to the white canvas.
I kept fiddling around with little details for awhile, left it for a few hours, and came back to it. After I decided I was happy with each abstract flower painting I signed it and let it dry. Looking at the finished white one, the more you look… the more you find…Where as the finished black one seems to balance it out with a more fluid composition.
The finished project with the two canvases together is truly unique. I find myself fascinated with how each abstract flower painting “helps” the other. Yet, the two of them together is so pleasing to the eye. This piece was challenging yet it seemed to flow straight from the heart. I feel as though each day I’m learning more about myself and my art that is so precious to me. The journey of this painting was therapeutic for me and looking at the finished product gives me a feeling of “completeness.”Thank you for following me on this amazing painting journey at Painting Paige. The best is yet to come 🙂