Abstract Art for the Absolute Beginner with Debora Stewart

Artist: Debora Stewart
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-DST1d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes

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Get excited to experiment in abstract art with this video workshop from Debora Stewart.


Let Debora show you how to loosen up and express yourself through these exciting techniques to make powerful paintings. Start by learning to see abstract compositions by using a view finder with a photo reference and sketch out possible compositions. Then follow lessons on color mixing to translate your sketches to exciting color combinations. Complete the video workshop with a final step-by-step pastel painting demonstration that uses all of Debora's techniques together to complete an energetic painting.


In Abstract Art for the Absolute Beginner you will find:


  • Step-by-step instruction on how to paint abstract art
  • Step by step exercises on how to use photos, line drawing and blind contour drawings to spark ideas for abstract art
  • 89 minutes of step-by-step instruction on how to paint abstract art

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. Start with Photos
  3. Start with Drawings
  4. Explore Color Combinations
  5. Full Demo: Underpainting
  6. Full Demo: Develop Color & Value
  7. Full Demo: Final Touches

Sanded pastel paper (Debora uses UArt for her color studies)

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: violets and greens with a range of neutrals

Paper towels
Charcoal (vine and compressed)
Newsprint (or other scrap paper)
Color wheel (optional)
Rubbing alcohol (flat synthetic brush and container for application; could use a foam brush if fewer brushstrokes preferred)

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