People really have no idea how hard it is to create good, honest (and this is an important word), original work.  Putting something into existence visually exciting, that impacts the viewer emotionally is a great challenge.  This is especially true with abstract art.

Where do you start?  What colors do you use?  What shapes  do you use?  Where do you put them?  What emotion are you feeling?  Where do you get the original “idea” for the paintings conception?  These are challenging questions, to say the least.

There is an old statement regarding watercolor painting.  It goes something like this….”How long does it take to make a good watercolor?”  The answer is 20 years and 20 minutes.  It takes 20 years to learn how to do it in 20 minutes.  The same thought can be applied regarding the creation of abstract art.  There are so many choices that will determine the quality of the work.  Your “choices” get better the more you make (experience).

My advice, therefore, to artists is get started.  Put paint on the canvas. Make decisions.  choose your palette and see what pleases you.  It is a struggle.  You may strike out many times, but every once in a while, you’ll hit a home run.  You just have to have the courage to fail, and the determination (or need) to keep moving forward.