My daughter asked me to paint her an abstract/impressionistic painting of some sailboats for a large wall in her house. I usually paint realistic, but have been wanting to try my hand at some abstract. I can say that it was a lot of fun! I think it's more fun to paint out of your head and make it up than to strictly follow a picture. I put on some smooth jazz music for inspiration and began to organize my table with all the colors she wanted in the painting. This was my work table when I started.
The canvas size for each was 30" x 40". The first thing I did was use the acrylic gel medium and struck on some texture here and there on the canvas and let that dry. Then, I painted a base coat, using dark blue with some red and yellow mixed in to tone it down. I sprayed some water to let it drip and left it to dry.
Using yellows and browns I put in the hints of rocks and started to lighten up the sky with light blue.
Put in the clouds with white and each time also put the same colors into the water.
Started in with the pinks, peaches, purples and coral colors. Whatever I put into the sky, I also put into the water. After each step, I let the canvas dry, sometimes using a hair dryer to speed up the process. I later redid the clouds as we didn't want them so puffy, so I smoothed them out.