Painting outside

Always paint the light the first is tip number one. Do a light sketch, in pencil or outline with paint. Preferably burnt sienna or even yellow ochre (love me some yellow ochre). The pencil is fine, but the yellow ochre and burnt sienna will give nice depth to the painting.

On another note, I think painting works so well for me because it’s all intuitive. I mean, you learn the principles and rules and then break them but you know what the next steps are when creating. They are visual triggers that you never forget.

However, in saying that, I do have an inferior brain that forgets everything the moment it hears and sees it but with painting, I am motivated and drawn to do the best painting that I can. You can’t mess up a painting either.

In addition to that, good paintings have paint on them. Loads of paint. Brushstrokes galore and perfect lighting. With abstract it’s not really likely (unless you are doing landscape abstract) to put lighting in your pictures, but a good painting will have good and a specific type of lighting.

Salmon coloured abstract painting by Afonso abstract art
Red and white abstract painting by Kristina Afonso abstract art. How to start a painting
Sea foam green and cadmium red abstract painting by Kristina Afonso. How to start a painting for en plein air painting
Purple and white abstract painting by Afonso abstract art. Art is intuitive . How to be intuitive with art
How to use your intuition with art. Purple and white abstract contemporary  painting by Kristina Afonso abstract art gallery

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.