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A Wonderful Experience

Cindy Nolt

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was thorough and so well presented.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was thorough and so well presented.

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All About Abstracts by Kathleen Rietz

Linda Johns

This course was fantastic. Even though I have finished it I keep returning to it. I learned so much about color mixing and composition especially in abstract...

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This course was fantastic. Even though I have finished it I keep returning to it. I learned so much about color mixing and composition especially in abstracts. I haven't found another course that teaches composition for abstracts and Kathleen has done it so well. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to take their abstract paintings to another level.

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All About Abstracts

Susan Drost

Really enjoyed the course. I learned so much and look forward to reviewing the course again and, of course, practice, practice, practice.

Really enjoyed the course. I learned so much and look forward to reviewing the course again and, of course, practice, practice, practice.

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Rachel Dummeldinger

I took Kathleens course All About Abstracts and genuinely learned so much. Kathleen is very generous with the volume of information she methodically passes o...

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I took Kathleens course All About Abstracts and genuinely learned so much. Kathleen is very generous with the volume of information she methodically passes on. I enjoyed her honesty, and the little glimpse into the real side of an artists life. She is very relatable. 10/10 with my hopes for learning more for the sake of my own career.

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All About Abstracts

Anna Krause

All About Abstracts is a fantastic course I highly recommend. No matter what your abilities you will find useful information and application to further your ...

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All About Abstracts is a fantastic course I highly recommend. No matter what your abilities you will find useful information and application to further your painting. training. The course is very comprehensive leading to understanding colour harmonies, composition, tools and techniques. Kathleen has laid it all out very well in a step by step process emphasized with videos showing her practical application. I appreciate that she is always available for prompt feedback through her Facebook group. This is a course you can go back to repeatedly for practice and reference to learn the abstract process or to loosen up your painting style.

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5 star rating

A Wonderful Experience

Cindy Nolt

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was thorough and so well presented.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was thorough and so well presented.

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Here's What You'll Find In This Course:

  • 3 Chapters, including Creating Composition, Communicating With Color and Tools & Techniques.

  • More than a dozen helpful, downloadable PDFs for you to keep and refer to over and over again.

  • More than 30 videos with 6 hours of content!

  • Once you purchase the course, it is yours to keep and use forever, so you never have to fear a time limit on your learning for the course. Watch it and use it as many times as you desire.

  • Free Facebook group for all of my students, where you will be able to post your artwork, questions and get support form me and a helpful and supportive community of other students!

  • Helpful hints from my years of experience as an artist and art instructor.

  • 2 full length painting demos where you can watch me paint and teach about my process, materials, tools, colors and compositions from start to finish.

  • Appropriate for all levels of artists. Whether you are just beginning to explore the possibilities within abstract art, or desire guidance for pushing past whatever may be holding you back from making the quality of art you want to make, this course is for YOU.

  • This course is in English.

  • This course is self-paced to encourage you explore in a manner that will make it possible for you to develop your own style and unique voice I abstract art. The course never expires.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Communicating With Color

    • Communicating With Color: Getting Started

    • The 2 Color Wheels

    • Muted vs Saturated Color

    • Sophisticated Colors, Shades and Tints

    • Beautiful Blacks, Plus Warm, Neutral and Cool Grays

    • Color Swatch Exercise (for use with next video)

    • Color Swatch Video

    • Harmonizing Your Color Palette

    • Artist's Hack: Quick Trick to Harmonize Colors

    • The Magic of Limiting Your Color Palette

    • Intro To Limited Colors & Harmonized Palettes

    • Limited Color Palette Charts

    • Limited Color Palette Charts Video

    • Preparing Your Paper for A Color Study

    • Painting A Color Study Video

  • 3

    Creating Composition

    • Intro to Creating Composition

    • Your Most Powerful Tool

    • Fixing Student Work: Never Throw Out Another Painting

    • Studying My Own Compositions

    • Creating Composition: Next Steps

    • A Few Words About The Following Demo

    • What Colors Did I Use?

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 1 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 2 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 3 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 4 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 5 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 6 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 7 of 8

    • Improving Composition Demo: Video 8 of 8

  • 4

    Tools and Techniques

    • Tools & Techniques Introduction

    • Texture Mediums: Video 1 of 3

    • Textured Mediums: Video 2 of 3

    • Texture Mediums: Video 3 of 3

    • Brushes Demo

    • Special Effects Mediums Demo

    • Silicone Wedges, Etc. Demo

    • Palette Knives & Scrapers Demo

    • Mark Making Tools

    • Gel Mediums

  • 5

    Putting It All Together

    • Putting It All Together Introduction

    • Final Demo: Video 1

    • Final Demo: Video 2

    • Final Demo: Video 3

    • Final Demo: Video 4

    • Final Demo: Video 5

    • Final Demo: Video 6

    • Final Demo: Video 7

  • 6

    Show Your Art Some Love

    • Preserving Your Art For a Lifetime

Is this course for you?

Let's find out...

The answer is YES if you are seeking a course to help you work past artistic roadblocks so you start creating your best artwork ever. You'll learn how to create stronger compositions so you stop feeling stuck wondering if your painting is finished, or why it feels unbalanced. You'll learn how to rework those discarded paintings you have sitting in the back of your closet, making them worthy of hanging on your walls. You'll learn how to mix colors in a way that make sense and will wake up your paintings so you stop either making mud or using colors that clash. You’ll have fun using less colors to make better paintings and create cohesive bodies of work so you’ll never run out of ideas when you approach a blank canvas. Lastly, you'll learn about countless mediums, techniques and tools to get your creative juices flowing so that you'll be able to better express the style all your own that is waiting to be expressed on canvas. This course is designed for all levels of artists. Whether you are just beginning to explore the possibilities within abstract art, or desire guidance for pushing past whatever may be holding you back from making the quality of art you want to make, this course is for YOU.

Are you ready to embark on a whole new creative journey for yourself in "All About Abstracts"?