If you want to start painting without the pressure of rules, abstract acrylic painting may just be the thing for you. Abstract painting is meant to defy the norm, excite us and create a whole new wonderland. If that is something you would be interested in you’ve come to the right place.
We will be going over some abstract paint by numbers as well as a wide range of easy tutorials of acrylic paintings to make sure there's something for everyone's taste. So, get ready to bring your canvas to life with a bright unimaginable world where the rules no longer apply.
Abstract Animal Art on Canvas
If you’ve never touched the abstract world before, starting by painting animals might be a good choice as it's usually more structured.
Additionally, adding bright colors to the already incredible and majestic creatures creates a whole new acrylic adventure.
For the animal lovers, these projects are definitely something you should be trying.
Let's now dive into these awesome tutorials and abstract paintings and let's get your artistic juices flowing!
Abstract cat paintings
Modern Colorful Cat Paint by Numbers
This beautiful cat with its bright acrylic colors is a perfect place to begin your painting journey. If you want something that will bring a room to life this project is exactly what you’re looking for. This cat’s big beautiful eyes are just dying to be painted.
Vintage Cat Painting
While the other cat is definitely beautiful, this one has a more 70s vibe to it. If you want more of a funky vibe with bright acrylics and crazy shapes try this one out for size. Her bright piercing eyes look straight into your soul. Enjoy breaking the rules with this fantastic painting from the vintage paint by numbers collection.
Wall Cat Acrylic Painting
If you’re a cat lover and want to try painting your own project here’s a cat that might just be the perfect inspiration. Remember though, abstract art is about bending the rules, perfection is not acceptable. Be sure to have fun with this!
Dog Paintings Inspiration
Paint a Pug!
Is there anything more adorable than a pug? I’m here to tell you there is! A colorful pug! Here’s a tutorial to an awesome abstract pug acrylic painting! Perfect for beginners!
If you're looking for something more personal, you can even make a pet paint by numbers by sending a picture of you best friend.
Ideas for Elephant on canvas
While searching the internet for elephant paintings I found a nice bohemian elephant that seemed to really want to be painted.
So, if you want to dive into some free style painting (and who wouldn’t, these painting kits always send us more paints than we need) here’s a nice tutorial on how to paint a bohemian elephant.
And if you want more Elephant inspiration here are a few awesome projects you can try no matter your level including this fabulous abstract painting found among the collection.
Abstract Lion Paintings
This painting is definitely one of my favorite animal paintings: the Lion.
The majesty of the King of the Jungle is brought to life with bright acrylic paints that create a masterpiece.
Another colorful project that brings a little bit of the exotic into your household. And to think! You painted this masterpiece yourself! That definitely is deserving of some brownie points.
Abstract flower paintings
This tulip bouquet is truly the definition of abstract. Unlike our beloved animals, this painting has more subtle colors. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that they are boring, these tulips have an excitement and passion to them that bring a person to life.
More Abstract Flowers with Acrylics
The essence of abstract art is that you can do whatever you want with the paint. This tutorial gives you a few techniques to help you get right on your way to painting your own abstract flowers! Plus since they show you so many different flowers, you can make your very own beautiful bouquet.
Abstract Woman Painting
The Beauty of Dance
This painting is my all-time favorite abstract painting, (besides, of course, Van Gogh). The elegance and grace of the dancer leap off the canvas with a beauty that is breathtaking.
And would you look at those colors? If you want to try something that is a beautiful work of art look no further than this dancer.
If you want something a little more stationary, you can try this beautiful African woman. Imagine what she could be thinking. This tutorial will take you through how to create this work of art.
More Abstract ideas
The trick with abstracts, however, is to know a couple of techniques and then create whatever you want! So, with that in mind, here is a tutorial on how to add texture to your abstract painting.
Here are a few other basic techniques that you can add to your tool kit and to create your very own masterpiece.
Here is another tutorial on a pouring technique that creates incredible and unexpected products. This one is super easy to do with your extra paints and is one of a kind. Not even you can know what will come of it!
Here are a series of awesome abstract painting tips that can fix any artistic block. If you’re looking for inspiration, here is a list of tips that can get those artistic juices flowing again!
Finally, if you want something very basic but very beautiful try out this tutorial that adds some copper tape to the canvas.
Inspiration from famous acrylic abstract expressionists
The best inspiration comes from the experts. Here are a few iconic painters of abstract expressionism. This artistic movement started after World War II in New York in the 1940s. I hope you like the selection!
This first artist’s most famous paintings were from his drip period. This is one of those paintings titled “No. 5” painted in 1948.
This next painting is from a darker period of his painting. After reaching his peak in drip art he abruptly switched to a darker black and white abstract where he introduced figures. This type of painting was not as popular. This particular one is titled “The Deep” and was painted in Paris in 1953.
Barnett Newman is considered another iconic painter of the abstract expressionist period. He worked more with colors creating some truly beautiful works of art.
This first painting is titled “Onement 1” and was painted in 1948. It is currently exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
This next painting was painted in 1950 and is titled “The Voice”.
Finally, this last painting is titled “Untitled 2” and was painted in 1948.
Our next painter is Richard Pousette-Dart. This painter is known for adding a Gothic or Byzantine element to his paintings. This first one is called “Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental” painted in 1941-42. It is currently hanging in the Metropolitan Museum.
This next one is titled “Savage Rose” and was painted in 1951.
Arshile Gorky is an Armenian American painter and is considered one of the most influential painters of abstract expressionism. It is believed that his art was inspired partially by the loss he experienced in the Armenian Genocide. This first painting is titled “The Artist and His Mother” and was painted between 1926 and 1936.
This next one is titled “Portrait of Master Bill” and was painted between 1929 and 1936.
Our last painter is Mark Rothko. What’s interesting about him is that he refused to adhere to any artistic movement, but he is considered to be quite influential to Abstract Expressionism. This first painting is titled “No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange)” Painted in 1949. It is currently in the Museum of Modern Art.
This next one was painted during the Second World War and is titled “Archaic Idol”. He, as well as his contemporaries, translated the horrors they saw in World War II into their art. Specifically, in this one, Mark Rothko looks towards other cultures to find the meaning lost in the war.
Whether you are painting a Paint by Numbers abstract acrylic painting or trying something on your own, remember to add a bit of yourself to it. Abstract is about expressing oneself and that is exactly what these expressionist painters did.
Some expressed feelings of loss, others a search for something new, and still others chose to explore colors or shapes. Yet each one adds a little part of themselves. I hope this post helps you on your abstract artistic journey.