Let's Loosen Up and Paint An Abstract

Learn to express yourself through abstract painting using rich color and texture

Hi there, and welcome to my class on abstract painting!

A white piece of watercolor paper can be intimidating for a painter, especially beginners. Deciding what to paint is not always easy. To overcome this daunting first step, I like a student's first painting to be an abstract.

Focusing on shape, form, and color, rather than trying to paint something representational, gets us warmed up and takes the pressure off!

This course focuses on using texture and color to explore the creative process. I’ll teach you how to throw, splatter, and pour the paint onto your paper!

Your abstract painting will probably not look like anything familiar, but learning different ways to manipulate the pigment is an important part of the creative process.

You will learn:

About colors— what each color represents: its "temperature," and how it tends to make us feel

How to generate emotion in your painting

How to use textures in your abstract

How to add more colors for darker values

All about glazing

A clever way to sign your signature

Techniques featured in this course:

  • Wet-into-dry
  • Wet-into-wet
  • Candle
  • Masking tape
  • Scraping
  • Splattering
  • Glazing

By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge and skill set to create your own abstract painting. This is a wonderful exercise to do with your family and friends; anyone can paint an abstract.

This course is for beginners or anyone who wants to learn the techniques required to paint a loose abstract.

Let's have some fun and throw some crazy colors around!


Your Instructor

Jayne Spencer
Jayne Spencer

As a native of San Diego and graduate of San Diego State University, I have been painting and exhibiting my work for more than 30 years throughout Southern California. The bold lines, fluid shapes, and my color palette are influenced by my father’s paintings and my degree in graphic design.

In much of my work, I seek to capture our emotional and visceral response to a fleeting but sublime moment in time, a combination of color, intensity, movement, and expression.

While known for my representational and abstract work, my love is for portraits, and I have been honored with awards that include Best in Show for Cowboy at the San Dieguito Off Track Gallery and the Logan Award and Golden Award for Maasai Boy at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s 34th International Show.

For over a decade, I have been running workshops and juried watercolor shows in the San Diego area while teaching all levels of watercolor painting at a local community college and in my studio in Encinitas, CA. I find tremendous satisfaction from teaching and seeing my students, improve, gain confidence, and express themselves through watercolor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does two years access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for two years - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.