Mark making

One of the best and most funnest (no it’s not a real word, yes I’m using it) practices for art is mark making.

It’s a great warm up skill and you can come up with tons of cool mini-compositions. And another great thing is that you can use them over and over for various ideas for your art—line, texture, darkness, light, anything really. It’s free and it’s very effective tool.

Line, weight, expression, sad, mad, excited, cool, calm, whatever you want to express or convey, you can with a simple line.


By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.