Exploring Composition & Color in Abstract Art with Debora Stewart

Artist: Debora Stewart
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-DST4d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 51 Minutes

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Join Debora Stewart in this video workshop to learn how to paint powerful abstract paintings using color and composition. Start by learning simple compositions that help draw the viewer into the painting. Follow lessons on color and how to develop a good color scheme. Combine these techniques in two step-by-step painting demonstrations in pastel.


In Exploring Composition & Color in Abstract Art you will find:
  • Lessons on how to use composition and color mixing for powerful abstract paintings
  • Pastel painting and mixed media techniques
  • Premier expert instruction

About Debora Stewart
Debora L. Stewart is an abstract artist working in both pastel and acrylic. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her pastels have won awards from Pastel Journal Magazine, International Artist Magazine and the Pastel Society of America. Stewart is represented by galleries in Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and California. Her work is in private collections and public including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Through the years she has developed a unique way of working with pastel and acrylic by combining under painting, value drawing and textured grounds. Debora is a regular instructor with Artists Network University where she teaches an online course in creating abstract pastels. She also teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.


  1. Introduction
  2. Explore Compositions
  3. Explore Color Schemes
  4. Full Demo 1: Underpainting
  5. Full Demo 1: Develop Texture
  6. Full Demo 1: Develop Color & Value
  7. Full Demo 2: Underpainting
  8. Full Demo 2: Develop Texture: let the underpainting influence the placement of line and color and texture
  9. Full Demo 2: Develop Color & Value
  10. Final Thoughts

Heavy watercolor or pastel paper that accepts water (Debora uses Reeves BFK paper for the demos)

Pastels (Debora uses Unison brand)
Variety of hard and soft pastels
Variety of warm and cool colors, and neutrals
Variety of values (dark, medium and light for each color)
Full Demo 1: orange & blue color scheme in a range of values and hues, with cream, gray and yellow ochre as neutral colors (and yellow greens for added interest)
Full Demo 2: Blue Green, Blue & Blue Violet, with cream, yellow ochre, white and gray as neutral colors

Fluid Acrylic Paint
Full Demo 1: Burnt Orange, Ultramarine Blue
Full Demo 2: Ultramarine Violet, Ultramarine Blue

Paper towels
Synthetic brushes for acrylic paint--wide wash brushes
Artist's tape, foam brush or roller (wide, for grid demo)
Pastel Ground & inexpensive house painting brush (for application of product)
Foam plates (for paint mixing)
Charcoal (vine and compressed)
Newsprint (or other scrap paper)
Color wheel (analogous color wheel is helpful too)

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