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Abstract like Joan Miro

miro-style-stage1This picture is drawn by a 9-year-old, in the style of Joan Miro. Does it have a story to tell? Yes, it does.

She actually explained about two cats that she drew.

The left cat has two triangle black eyes and two plus signs are the ears of the cat. 

Joan Miro was a Spanish painter who later traveled to Paris which was then the center of the Art world.

Miro’s paintings are mostly abstract. They are lines, sometimes telling a story, sometimes not. But they are beautiful and attractive. 

Here some of Joan Miro paintings to give you inspiration.

He often worked with a limited palette of colors, mainly primary colors. Yellow, red, black, blue, green are the colors he usually uses. The bold black lines formed shapes.  The paintings were simple, yet bold and expressive.

He even said,

“My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details”.  

What can you learn from Joan Miro’s paintings?

  1. Be spontaneous. Draw lines to see what shapes you get.
  2. Learn to use limited colors.
  3. Since we use limited colors, we have to be careful that we do not use the same color next to each other.
  4. Leave white to balance the colors.

You can try his paintings with watercolor or acrylic or even markers. Your interpretation of the objects that you see is important.

Here is a depiction of some the shapes that Miro painted. 

I have a duck and a bird here. I did keep some unique features that make it a bird, something that looks like a beak. For the background, use a dry brush of paints to slowly merge with the base.

Try yours and create a unique piece of abstract art.


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