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Using Primary Colors in New Abstract Painting

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

I began this new abstract painting on paper with the same primary colors I used in the last one:  red, yellow and blue.  But I also added a cadmium orange and a turquoise. 

I applied the colors with a palette knife in broad strokes, keeping the design minimal.  Then I painted the background in parchment, letting it mix with bits of the other colors as I brushed it on. 

Next I added some lines in the same colors:  red, yellow, blue, orange and turquoise.  The last step was to paint two half-moons around the central blue shape with a light gray. 

None of this was planned ahead of time.  Each step came out of what I did before. 

  Paper Painting #11, 24" x 18" acrylic on archival watercolor paper.

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