To put it simply, contemporary art is the art of today, based on today’s issues and is being made right now. Contemporary art began post World War 2 and has been popular ever since. It can be anything like a painting, sculpture or pencil sketches, or a neo modification of the same. For example, digital art, video art, moving sculptures, etc.
If you are interested in painting, and want to make a painting of your own, you can follow the following steps and try your best.
- Rest the canvas panel against a steady easel so as to hold it properly and steadily.
- Attach the canvas on the canvas panel with a firm grip.
- The canvas must be at eye level, and should be placed upright for perfect visibility.
- Decide what you want to paint. It can be a scenery, an object, a person, an idea; the options are endless. What needs to be remembered is that you should have a clear idea on what your image is going to be.
- Decide on what colours you are planning to use, because it affects what you are trying to say with the painting. Each colour has a particular emotion attached to it and must be used accordingly.
- Keep a set of colour tubes ready before you start painting.
- It is also advised to have more than one brush of different sizes kept aside.
- Mix the colours according to your own intuition; and if you are a beginner, try to learn what colour goes with what and why.
- To start off, use primary colours. Use a blob of it to start working on the painting.
- Try to imagine what you’re drawing and the colours involved and using that mental image choose 3 to 4 colours.
- Using your brush, make clean neat strokes to convey the image or emotion in your mind. The size of the brush and brush strokes depends entirely on you and your artistic expression.
- The most important thing to be kept in mind is that contemporary art does not have a preset method of execution or style. It is extremely personal and anything you draw is valid, whether it be complex waves or simple geometric shapes.
- Now a second brush can be used to apply secondary colours.
- Try to use complementary and contradicting colours to portray a myriad of emotions and feelings. These may be used according to the whims and fancy of the artist, or you can search for how colour affects emotion and brush strokes.
As it is clear from above, contemporary art has no boundaries. It is ever evolving, ever changing and will be ever present in the future. Art can be used as a very subtle form of expression or a very rigorous one. And as evident from above, it is simple, inexpensive and a powerful tool of self expression.