16 Abstract Painting Ideas With Acrylic


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16 awesome abstract painting ideas! If you’re looking for some inspiration to get started on your next abstract painting, look no further! In this blog post, we’ll be covering a variety of different abstract painting techniques that can be used by both beginners and advanced painters. So whether you’re just starting or you’ve been painting for years, there’s sure to be something here for you. Let’s get started!

In this article we will cover the following topics:

  • 15 Awesome abstract painting ideas
  • What is an abstract painting
  • How did abstract art begin
  • How to learn more
  • Conclusion

Here are 16 ideas to kickstart your next masterpiece

Below you will discover some amazing abstract ideas for beginners and experienced painters. Included are landscapes, still life, flowers, figures and more.

Abstract cat painting idea
– Abstract cat painting idea

Abstract Cats

Cats have a way of being both quirky and mysterious. Sometimes they strike a pose that seems to say, “I know something you don’t.” Other times they seem to be asking, “What are you looking at?” But no matter what they’re doing, cats always keep us guessing.

This piece is created with acrylic and collage on canvas by Robert Joyner, You can check out his courses below.

Abstract horse painting
– Abstract horse painting

Abstract Horses

Horses are majestic animals. They’re also powerful and make great abstract subjects. So if you’re ever feeling stuck creatively, consider painting a horse!

This painting is created with acrylic on watercolor paper. But you can easily do it with just about any medium.

Abstract colorful cow painting idea
– Abstract colorful cow painting idea

Funky Cow Face

Cows might not be the first animal that comes to mind when you think of abstract art, but they actually have some pretty amazing shapes going on. Just look at those big bodies and dairy-giving udders!

This painting is created with collage and acrylics on Bristol paper. The layers make it interesting to create and observe.

Contemporary fish painting idea
– Contemporary fish painting idea

Stacked Fish

Fish have interesting stripes, colors and features. Many people find them fun to paint. And any fishing lover would appreciate this as a gift for that special occasion.

This piece is created with acrylics, inks and collage on canvas. It’s very versatile as well. You can scale up, or down. Orientation can easily be landscape, square or portrait.

You can learn more about how it’s made using the link below.

Abstract flower painting idea
– Abstract flower painting idea

Loose Flowers & Vase

There are an endless variety of flowers. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Flowers are often used in abstract art because of their wide range of hues and forms.

Toss some in a colorful vase and you have yourself a wonderful subject to paint. This painting is created with acrylics, collage and inks on stretched canvas.

These are a lot of fun to paint on a large scale, too. I even get the kids to help because it’s so easy to pull off.

Expressive still life painting
– Abstract still life painting

Abstract Still Life

The beauty of painting abstract still life paintings is that anything goes! Whether you’re using bright colors or more muted tones, the possibilities are endless. Plus, it can be really fun to experiment with different textures and solids.

This piece is created with acrylics and collage on Bristol paper. There’s even some charcoal scribbles in there as well.

Breakfast table painting idea
– Breakfast table painting

Breakfast & Tea Arrangement

When I sit down to breakfast in the morning, I like to have a cup of coffee or tea. It’s the perfect way to start my day and get my creative juices flowing. After all, what goes better with a cup of coffee than some expressive painting techniques?

It’s a fairly simple design which was executed with collage, graphite and acrylics.

Abstract coffee cups painting idea
– Stacked coffee cups

Coffee Cups

Stacked coffee cups make for interesting subjects for abstract painters. They can create all sorts of shapes and shadows, making for a fun and unique painting.

It’s very easy to use your own color palette and coffee cup style as well. This painting is created with collage and acrylics on stretched canvas.

Expressive food painting
– Abstract food painting

Abstract Food Art

Something about food just lends itself to abstract painting techniques. Maybe it’s the vibrant colors, or the interesting shapes. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely fun to paint food!

As you may have guessed, this painting is created with acrylics, collage and black gesso.

Seascape painting idea
– Seascape painting

Expressive Coastal Scene

Coastal landscapes are interesting subjects for abstract paintings, but they can be challenging to capture the essence of the coast in a painting. The light, the colors, and the movement of the waves all contribute to the unique beauty for the coast, and it can be tricky to convey that in a painting. But when it is done well, a coastal landscape painting can be truly stunning.

Lighthouse painting
– Abstract lighthouse painting


Coastal landscapes with a lighthouse are beautiful to paint. I love painting the ocean and sky, but it’s always a challenge to capture the depth and rocky coastlines. The coast is a constantly changing environment, and that’s what I like about painting it.

Abstract cityscape painting idea
– Abstract cityscape painting

Abstract Townscape

Townscapes offer a lot of variety. The hustle and bustle can be fun to watch and paint. The best part is people watching to see the different types of people that pass by and all the colorful signage and buildings.

This piece is created with acrylic on paper. Learn more about abstract painting techniques using the link below.

abstract acrylic cityscape painting
– Abstract acrylic cityscape painting

Cityscape Scene

Cityscapes show off a high energy and excitement that’s perfect for abstract art. Every city has its own unique atmosphere, and that’s what makes them so interesting to me. I love learning about different cultures and how they’re reflected in the art of each place.

This painting is created with acrylics over a reject piece of art. It’s a lot of fun to create this way.

Minimalist portrait
– Minimalist female portrait

Minimalist Portrait

Minimalist portraits are so cool! You can pick a few colors and just start painting. There’s something really satisfying about seeing the abstract portrait come to life.

This piece is created with thinned acrylics over 100 lb. drawing paper. It captures just enough detail to make out the subject, but excludes plenty so the imagination has room to wonder.

Abstract portrait of Abe Lincoln
– Abstract portrait

Abstract President Portrait

Figuring out how to paint an abstract portrait can be tough. You have to really know your stuff to make it look good. But with a little practice, anyone can create a masterpiece.

This Abe Lincoln is created with acrylics on watercolor paper. The line work is lovely! And it has plenty of abstract qualities you can admire.

I highly recommend you learn to draw faces really well, and then the painting becomes much easier.

Abstract human figure painting subject
– Abstract human figure painting subject

Expressive Figures

Abstract figure painting is interesting because it allows us to relate to the subject. By looking at an abstract figure, we can see our own emotions and thoughts reflected back to us. It’s a way of connecting with the world around us.

It’s recommended you can draw the figure before painting them. The course below has a little bit of each.

What is an abstract painting

An abstract painting does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual scene. Instead, abstract paintings can use color, shape, and form to achieve their effect. Abstract paintings often explore the relationships between these elements, as well as the emotions that they evoke in the viewer.

How did abstract art begin

The first abstract painting is generally credited to Wassily Kandinsky, who created one in 1910. However, the roots of abstract art go back much further than that. Many artists throughout history have used abstract elements in their work, even if they didn’t consider themselves to be “abstract” artists.

How to learn more

If you’re interested in learning more about abstract painting, you can start by checking out the classes below. And of course, the best way to learn is simply by getting started and experimenting on your own!

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