Making Contemporary Abstracts with Inspiring Materials and Techniques

Abstract Painting Instructional DVD


A stimulating and enjoyable journey into Bill’s world of practical strategies and processes for making abstract art

In this DVD, Bill Buchman reveals the innovative methods and concepts as well as the wide variety of materials that go into his abstract art. In nearly two hours of instruction, Bill explains and demonstrates many of the basic principles of abstract design and gears you up with much practical information on the nature and contemporary uses of pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylic gouache, AquaStics, Aqua Briques, the Sumi Brush, the “Zen” reed pen, and various papers. He shows you how your imagination can take flight just by working with simple guiding principles and by knowing how to take advantage of your materials. In line with this you are shown simple exercises that help you to become sensitive to your materials and to develop control over them. You will see, in action, how to plan for spontaneity, how to think musically, how to create richness and drama with lines, shapes, space, rhythm, resonance and counterpoint; what using contrast really means; how to work with simple motifs; and how to do a theme and variation. You will learn, at first hand, ways to work with mixed media and resists, the advantage of high risk strategies; methods of achieving balance, harmony and unity, and even how to manage your “mistakes”. In a highly unique segment Bill demonstrates and explains a complete spectrum of splatter and splash techniques. Beginners as well as experienced artists and educators will find this a stimulating and enjoyable journey into original territory. Bill says, “Explore these techniques. They will help you to find real joy and power in your art.”

two DVD case and a Disk

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Burning Oaks
  • DVD Release Date: 2012

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