Abstract painting: 11 techniques to keep you motivated!

In abstract painting, beginnings can be confusing and frustrating. So I’m going to show you 11 techniques to practice your abstract painting with motivation and leave no room for discouragement!

Generally speaking, when you embark on a new activity, especially an artistic one like abstract painting, you start out full of energy and ideas, ready to move mountains! It’s what you might call: early enthusiasm.

Confident, you pounce on all the fine art materials you can find to create your first painting. Some people buy top-of-the-range equipment convinced that their first painting will be a masterpiece, without having the slightest skill in the matter. And the drama begins…

I receive a lot of e-mails from people asking me for advice. Some of them came to me a while later and said: “I’m quitting, I can’t do it, painting’s not for me”.

It’s such a shame to give up this passion for abstract painting because of frustrations, leading to demotivation and then discouragement.

So let’s take a look at how to avoid frustration.

Why does a beginner to abstract painting get discouraged so quickly?

  • Lack of means: Don’t make the mistake of buying too much equipment, preferring low-cost study materials.
  • Procrastination: You’re always putting off painting because you don’t consider it a priority (“I don’t have time right now…”).
  • Lack of sales: It can be discouraging not to be able to sell paintings.
  • Lack of time: Organizational problems can make you feel as if you never have time to devote to abstract painting.

  • Lack of self-confidence
    You don’t have confidence in your work, and this is one of the most demotivating factors.

Technique 1: Set yourself goals!

In my opinion, setting goals is the most effective way of motivating yourself in all circumstances!

  • This gives you a vision of the short, medium and long term.
  • You’ll do everything you can to achieve your goals.
  • This can be a goal in terms of sales, the volume of paintings to be produced, the number of exhibitions to be held, etc. (For example, in my case, every year I set goals that I announce on my YouTube channel. As soon as I lose motivation, all I have to do is listen to the video again).


Technique #2: Create a schedule / TodoList!

This allows you to set yourself a short- and medium-term task list. For example, set yourself the goal of creating 4 paintings over the next month, an exhibition and communications on social networks.

You can either use a calendar or create a to-do list.

Technique 3: Stay consistent!

Regularity is also very effective. For example, I set myself the goal of producing at least one article, one video and one painting a week!

It’s easy to set up, and it keeps you motivated!

Technique No. 4: The “Why

An important concept: “The why”! Why do you want to paint? Why do you paint abstract?

Don’t think in “hows”, think in “whys”.

Technique n°5: Public commitment

Communicate about your art and your business with your friends and family! Explain your project and objectives clearly and precisely.

You’ll want to avoid disappointment and motivate yourself to achieve your goals. It’ll give you a boost and keep you incredibly motivated!

Technique 6: Friendly competition

Meet another artist, ideally in the same register as your own, and regularly compare your work, your rate of creation, your respective progress, and so on.

This “healthy” competition will keep you motivated and you’ll want to keep up. It will be hard for you to accept that your artist friend was 5 times more productive than you!

This self-help scheme is extremely powerful and effective, so you’ll never go it alone again!

Technique 7: Write down all your ideas!

As I explain in my book Getting started with abstract painting, you should always have something to write down to hand. A smartphone, a notebook, etc. It’s the perfect way to never run out of ideas, and a great way to find inspiration and get creative.

Technique 8: Put on your artist’s outfit!

If one day you don’t feel motivated to paint, force yourself to put on your painter’s outfit. This first step will motivate you to pick up your brushes!

Technique 9: Create a workshop

It’s important to have a space allotted to the practice of abstract painting. You need a workshop. It could be a room, a bedroom, a garage, etc.

You also need to make sure it’s perfectly tidy to avoid demotivation.

Technique n°10: Make your art practice a priority

Sometimes it’s hard to get used to the idea, but you have to make your art practice a priority. This will prevent you from procrastinating and putting off your painting sessions.

Technique #11: Organization

The key word is “organization”. As soon as you get organized, you’ll save time and structure your processes. It also forces you to keep to the various actions you’re going to impose on yourself.

To conclude

We’ve looked at a few ways to motivate yourself to practice abstract painting.

Abstract painting is a great adventure, but you have to take it seriously.

Don’t give up and destroy all forms of procrastination! As I say in the video, “pick up your brushes rather than your remote control” and throw yourself into creating a new painting!

What about you? What are your methods for staying motivated in all circumstances? Please share your experience and opinion in the comments below.


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