Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art

Orange and Turquoise Personal Overview

Today’s color combo is Orange and Turquoise. I’m personally a fan of this set of colors because it reminds of the American Southwest. I grew up here in Arizona, and these two colors remind of the heritage of both Arizona and this region as a whole.

Color Analysis

ORANGE

What I think of Orange Personally

Orange reminds me of the desert, sunsets, and citrus – 3 things we’re commonly known for. It makes me think of how vast and arid the desert is, but also its innate beauty. It reminds me of beautiful sunsets, which Bob Ross said we have some of the best of (Season 8, Episode 10). And of course, our orange trees, which we use to have a lot of, but I don’t see that many of these days.

Some Interesting Qualities of Orange

Orange gets its name from the fruit. It tends to convey feelings of joy, vibrancy, and warmth. While it stimulates action, it is less aggressive than red due to its calming yellow additive. It is commonly used to portray changing seasons (especially fall), good health, hunger, heat, and caution. Orange tends to be used to grab attention, but not command it like red does. Orange is usually loved or hated.

TURQUOISE

What I think of Turquoise Personally

Turquoise reminds me of the gem, which was mined here in AZ, and Native Americans used heavily in their jewelry, making some of the finest pieces in all the US. I didn’t really use to like Turquoise when I was younger, but after studying it, and using it, I’ve grown quite fond of it. It’s a beautiful color, really.

Some Interesting Qualities of Turquoise

Turquoise is named after the gem of the same name. Because it contains both blue and green, it tends to have a calming effect on its viewers. Turquoise tends to be linked to prosperity, tranquility, and healing (in all senses). While commonly labeled as a “feminine color,” it also has many properties that remind folks of the ocean itself.

Orange and Turquoise Combined

I really like Orange and Turquoise because, for me, it encapsulates the feel of Arizona as a whole; this color scheme represents many of the things we’re known for.

I also really love Orange and Turquoise because it’s a nice blend of action and reflection. The orange grabs your attention passively, and the beauty and magnificence of the Turquoise keeps that attention.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art For Sale

If you’re looking to buy abstract art, you’ve come to the right place… sort of.

I sell abstract paintings here, but I can’t guarantee that I have any in these colors.

But below, I listed some of the best places that I know of to buy abstract art pieces – regardless of colors. The sections below will talk about where to get originals, then prints, then other objects.

Whether you buy from me or not, I hope that you find what you’re looking for.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art
Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art

Where to buy Original Orange and Turquoise Artworks

If you’re looking to buy original abstract artworks, I’ve listed some great websites a little further down.

Buying an original artwork – as opposed to some sort of print – is great for the artist because it usually tends to make them more money, which means they can then invest that money back into making more art.

For most artists, selling original artworks makes them the most money – more than a print would, simply because of the uniquity of the item. Of course, that also means the buyer gets a one-of-a-kind item.

The following list is a list of websites where you can buy original pieces of art, abstract or otherwise.

EBay.com

If you’ve never heard of eBay, have you even used the internet? EBay is the internet’s oldest, most widely used auction house. And it’s got almost anything you can think of, including original abstract paintings.

Since EBay is so vast – second only to Amazon – it serves much of the world, and has everything from tiny, inexpensive items, to houses and planes.

But many artists have found eBay to be a great place to sell their art. Due to its low listing fees, vast global reach, and plethora of available items, some artists use eBay exclusively to sell their art.

Since the emphasis for eBay is not on art, it’s a great place to find items on sale, but not always the best place to get original paintings, drawings or sculptures.

Etsy.com

Etsy is like an Amazon/eBay hybrid for art. Sellers can upload anything that was created by hand or that is considered vintage. Etsy is great because it’s narrower than either Amazon or eBay, and many, many artists tend to use it.

What’s really nice about Etsy is that you can find a wide array of art-related items, from artworks themselves, to home décor, clothing, and even toys. We’re a fan of Etsy for its ease of use and wide array of available listings.

One thing to note is this: While Etsy does have a lot of original artworks from around the world, many artists do sell prints of their work here, as well as print on demand type products, so the focus is not on originals. Doesn’t mean you can’t find them – but you will find a lot of processed pieces amongst the unique ones.

SaatchiArt.com

Saatchi Art is an online gallery that sells art exclusively – nothing else. Only paintings, drawings, sculptures –things of that nature.

Saatchi Art is sort of like an upscale gallery – it’s got that kind of feel to it. The site is modern, they offer curators, and the art is not usually what most would call “cheap.”

While SA does offer prints, the majority of their items are original pieces.

Even though the prices for art tend to run a little higher here than elsewhere, you get what you pay for.

Saatchi Art is the full gallery experience, and the buyer is taken care of. Artists must ship according to strict standards, and their Trust Pilot rating is very high. You can find some really nice orange and Turquoise art here.

Artfinder.com. ArtFinder is similar to the aforementioned; it’s an online gallery strictly for art. While not as big as SA, it does have its own niche audience. ArtFinder (AF for short) also has a great selection of art available, and tends to be a bit more affordable.

Another cool thing about AF is the tabs they have the top of their page.

“Daily Finds” helps random artists get more attention, and “New” lets you see what has been recently added. “Sales” can help artists sell more of their work at a great price, and “Editor’s Picks” gives a little love to the artists that are already established.

Zatista.com is similar to the two above, and is kind of a hybrid. The site is newer and less established than either SaatchiArt or ArtFinder, but I’ve been seeing more of them lately. The sites is clean, has a huge price range available ($50 to $10k artworks), and has a heavy emphasis on selling original works. A viable option that will probably only gain popularity over time.

Saatchiart.com

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art On Canvas

I’ll talk more in a few minutes about where you can get abstract art on different types of materials, but first let’s talk about canvas art.

Below are a few websites where you can get canvas prints of art. Some of these sites do offer things other than canvas, but it will be the focus.

A quick note: The specialty of these sites is NOT their vast selection of works available – its more for uploading your own pictures and getting them made on canvas as prints. If you want bigger selections, skip down to the “Prints” section.

GreatBigCanvas.com (GBC) is a site that specializes in canvas art. You can get various sizes and configurations, such as split canvas sets. They also offer poster prints, wall peels, and framed art.

My gripe with GBC is their selection. When I searched for Orange and Turquoise, I didn’t really find that many results. Literally a handful.

GBC does allow you to upload your own photo to become a print, but unless you already have the image of the art, it does little for someone looking to buy a print of art they’ve seen before.

ICanvas.com is another site, very similar to GBC. ICanvas has a little bit bigger selection (from what I’ve seen), and offers about the same options as GreatBigCanvas did.

Orange and Turquoise Quilts and Quilt Patterns

Alright, so I’ll be honest here…

I didn’t do a whole lot of digging on this topic, simply because I didn’t feel like there were many options.

My searching led me back to major outlet websites like Etsy, EBay, Overstock, Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Although, I did find one website from an actual artist that WAS selling abstract quilts; Terryaskeartquilts.com.

It seems Terry Aske has a good selection of quilts with cool abstract patterns on them. Many of them have these hypnotic circle patterns in them, while others are etched with crisscrossing lines. Very cool. Check her out if you get a chance. (Tell her Coty Schwabe sent you. She doesn’t know I am so itll be fun.)

Where to get Orange and Turquoise Art Prints

So here’s where we get into the websites I recommend for getting prints of artwork. The reason? The selection is vast. There’s no dearth of great abstract artworks to buy as a print from these sites. Many, many artists – big and small – use the following sites to sell their artwork replicas.

The cool thing about these sites is this: They’re “Print on Demand” (PoD). Not only can you get prints of artists work on things other than canvas – like metal prints, wood prints, and posters – you can get that artwork on other items like phone cases, handbags, towels, shower curtains and more.

FineArtAmerica.com is my go to PoD site. I have personally sold items on it, and have had a good experience with them.

Their selection is the biggest out of all the print sites, and they even own Pixels.com, which was more based around photography, and combined them.

My wife also bought me a phone case with my own abstract art on it, and said that the site was easy to use and buy from.

Below is a picture of the phone case she bought me with my painting Monochromatic Dream printed on it, so you can see if for yourself.

I love it.

What I like about FAA for buying prints is how many options they have for buying prints. Not only do they have a HUGE inventory of artists’ works, their customization options for buying that art is INSANE.

They have multiple color options for the frame…

…you can buy the print with colored sides or mirrored…

…you can get it matte or glossy…

And they have many different sizes to choose from, based on the size of the photo itself.

Again, this is my go to.

There are some other great sites, but all of them are very similar, so there isn’t much to say that differentiates them. Each site has its own strengths, but it really comes down to taste. Here they are:

  • RedBubble.com
  • Zazzle.com
  • Society6.com
  • DesignByHumans.com

Where to Find Orange and Turquoise Home Décor and Wall Art

While many of the print on demand sites listed above have options for printing on things like clocks, shower curtains, and bedding, sometimes finding actual modern furniture and wall art can still be a challenge. Sometimes you gotta go with the big guns.

Below, I’ve listed the bigger outlet stores if you can’t find what you’re looking for at any of the online outlets I’ve listed up to this point.

Amazon.com. I don’t think I really need to explain the world’s biggest marketplace, do I?

Overstock.com is site dedicated to selling quality goods at a discount. Everything that is available on their site is some sort of deal, usually 50% off. They have a large variety of things available, and the quality of the items is usually pretty high.

The only thing I have against Overstock is simply that it’s not just for art, or even just home goods in general. They tend to have cool items, and sometimes you can find abstract art related items, but it comes and goes.

Wayfair.com is the internet’s largest home décor outlet. They tend to have quite a bit in the way of art pieces, but I’d say their specialty is home goods, like décor and furniture. If you’re looking for a piece of abstract furniture – like a dresser or table – you might find it here.

Allmodern.com is actually owned by Wayfair, but what’s cool about AM is that it’s niche specific, meaning its results are tailored to modern styled furniture and décor. I really like their tables and chairs. Now, the styles are probably considered more modern or contemporary than abstract but I often find that people who say that, mean something other than what they actually said.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art Online

If you’re here simply to research more about Orange and Turquoise, then I’ve got a few resources for you. In this section, I’ll list out some places where you find this color set online.

Orange and Turquoise Backgrounds and Wallpapers

One thing that a lot of people like to do is to get colored backgrounds for their phones or tablets; or wallpapers for their computer or even website.

There are hundreds of these sites out there, so I’m just going to list a couple here:

  • Unsplash.com
  • Freepik.com
  • Canva.com

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Designs

While I’m not sure what you would look for if you were looking for designs of this color, but if you were looking for some images of designs for these colors, I’d recommend some stock photo sites.

These stock photo sites tend to have high quality images, no matter what you’re looking for. Whether it’s as a background, a wallpaper, or simply for inspiration, you can usually find what you need by searching the sites listed below.

And regardless of whether your abstract art designs are for personal or commercial use, you can generally find some really good pictures here.

The first three are sites where you can download many of the images for free. The second set of sites all require you to buy some sort of license. The free ones usually have great photos and images, but it also means the selection is more limited; more so than a site where people get paid to use those photos. Keep that in mind.

FREE STOCK PHOTO SITES

  • Pixabay.com
  • Pexels.com
  • Unsplash.com

PAID STOCK PHOTO SITES

  • Shutterstock.com
  • Istockphoto.com
  • GettyImages.com
Shutterstock.com - premium stock photos

Orange and Turquoise Styles

There are two things that come to mind when thinking about styles for Orange and Turquoise:

Apparel and Color Schemes

What do I mean?

Well, if you think about it, nothing escapes the fashion industry. It’s quite possible that you could find clothes bearing these colors. In fact, I’m 100% positive there are clothing and/or accessories out there with this color set.

In all honesty, I’m not a fashionista or fashion guru, so I couldn’t tell you if these colors were good in fashion or not. I also have no personal recommendations as to where to find clothes that would match these colors.

The only thing I can think to recommend is to search for Orange and Turquoise on Pinterest or Instagram and see what kind of results come up. Both of those sites are highly visual-based websites, and I’m sure there are a lot of advertisers on both selling clothing and accessories of said color(s).

Now color schemes.

If you’re thinking about painting or decorating your house using these colors, it’d probably be a good idea to look up some color schemes with these colors first BEFORE investing in them.

Personally, I go to my local paint store (represent Dunn Edwards – why won’t you sponsor me? Lol.) and look at color schemes in the little booklets they have there.

But not everyone wants to do that. Some people simply want find some colors that go with the ones they have in mind, and they’re off to the races.

Respect.

The main place I’d recommend to find color schemes, again, is Pinterest. As an abstract artist myself, I tend to use it all the time to find quality color schemes really quickly.

However, there are a couple of other sites I use and I’ll list them here:

  • Colorpalettes.net
  • Schemecolor.com
  • Colorhunt.co
Colorpalettes.net for color scheme ideas

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Artwork

Earlier, we talked about some places where you could buy original art. Then we covered prints and even home décor. In this section I wanted to talk about Orange and Turquoise famous examples, but it was tough for me to find any.

On top of that, finding Orange and Turquoise abstract art through history was as equally challenging. There are tons of paintings that use Orange and Turquoise, but most of them tend to also use other colors as well, so simply didn’t include them here.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art DIY

In this final section, we’ll talk about the process of making art. We’ll go over some of the methods themselves, and places you can find more information on making your own abstract art, if that’s what you’re looking to do.

Orange and Turquoise for Beginners

If you’re looking to start making some Orange and Turquoise abstract art of your own – especially paintings – I’ll share with you some common techniques.

Pouring

The first is pouring. This is exactly what it sounds like – literally pouring paint onto a surface – usually canvas, but sometimes wood or paneling – and tilting it until the paint makes a design that you like.

Normally, this is done with water based paints, like acrylic or latex, and more often than not, the paint is diluted slightly to allow movement. Sometimes the artists will apply a thin “skim coat” to the surface first to help the next layers slide around a little easier.

Most people call this “fluid art” and the general practice is to pour the paint from a cup onto the surface, tilt the surface until it’s evenly coated and has the desired look, then the piece is left alone to dry.

Gestural Abstraction

Gestural abstraction is simply a fancy way of saying that you use your body to create a piece. This is also commonly called “action painting.”

Probably the most famous action painter is my hero Jackson Pollock (the man that got me into painting). If you’ve seen his paintings, you’ve seen the technique I’m talking about.

Pollock dripped, splashed, poured, and threw his paint on the canvas. To him, the act of creating the painting was as much a part of the art as the finished piece itself. He also believed that artists needed to look no further than within themselves to find inspiration to create, which is very counter culture to what was believed in his time (that we must draw on the world around us for inspiration).

My painting Southwestern Samba is a Pollock inspired piece that uses colors like orange and Turquoise. I created it by slinging trails of paint across the canvas.

Large copper orange red turquoise southwest abstract

If you want to see more on how I create Pollock style pieces, read this post.

Scraped

This is the type of painting I’m most know for now, and it’s a style I picked up from German artist Gerhard Richter. (Which is funny, because I too am German… not that it matters much, just thought it was interesting)

In order to create scraped abstract paintings, you simply scrape the paint across your surface with some sort of flat object.

Sometimes I will use rubber squeegees, sheets of acrylic, or even corrugated plastic to scrape the paint across the surface. You simply pour the paint where you want it on the canvas (or onto the tool itself), then scrape it across the surface with solid, even strokes.

My painting, Chasing Sunsets is an example of a scraped painting I did with Turquoise and orange and red.

Large unstretched southwest inspired orange red turquoise art
Chasing Sunsets

Below is a video of a full painting I did in my signature scraped style.

Orange and Turquoise videos on Youtube

Whether you’re looking to learn more about making art or buying it, a good place to check is YouTube. YT tends to have information on almost anything. There are hours and hours of videos about Orange and Turquoise abstract art step by step tutorials and instructional content. There are a lot of great artists out there.

Orange and Turquoise Lessons

While YouTube is great for finding videos of people creating art, it’s not always the best place for learning it, step by step.

For this, I’d check Google for lessons on how to make art from scratch. Many artists teach courses, webinars, and workshops on how they make their art, from beginning to end.

A few that I have found on YT that I have followed are John Beckley and David M Kessler. They both show how they make their art with tips and suggestions, and offer courses you can take to learn from them.

I also find that Udemy.com has some decent courses for not that much money. I took a course for about ten dollars, and it was worth it. It was by a guy named Andy Morris, and he teaches some simple abstract techniques that I’ve used and some good results with.

Conclusion

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you did, please consider leaving a comment below, or sharing this article on your favorite sharing site.

If you’re looking for a piece of original abstract art, consider visiting my shop and picking up yours today.

If nothing else, have an awesome rest of your day.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe

5 great Sites to Buy original Abstract Art Online

5 Great Sites to Buy Original Abstract Art Online

There are a lot of places to buy original abstract art online, but where do you go? What sites are reputable, safe, and most importantly, affordable?

Well, of course, budget is going to vary from person to person, so we’ll go over that a little more later, but today I’d like to share with you 5 of the best places I’ve found to buy original abstract pieces online.

If you want, you can scroll down to my first result, but before you do, I’d like to establish the criteria I avoided when I picked these five. (Quick word: This list is based off of the US, where I live. I know very little outside America.)

Sites I Avoided

First, I ignored the two biggest marketplaces in the United States; Amazon and eBay.

I skipped these two for a few of reasons:

  1. They’re not niche specific. Since these two sell anything and everything, I felt that they weren’t the best places to buy art. Yes, they do sell it, but it’s easy to be distracted with ads and links to other things. I feel it’s not as great a user experience as a site that JUST SELLS ART.

For me, it’s a little distracting to search for art, and also be able to buy a new radiator and some cat mugs all at the same time. I don’t know, maybe you’re into that. I looked for websites that were SPECIFICIALLY for art, that way all my results were aimed at art buyers explicitly.

  • These sites don’t treat art the same way that a site that deals with only art would. By that, I simply mean that they treat buying office supplies as they do buying expensive, limited edition artworks.

There’s no “reverence for the craft” as I like to say.

Pretty much as long as you get the art there, the order would be considered finished. But with the art selling websites mentioned below, since they specialize in the selling art, their quality for the transactions that take place are higher. How you buy (and sell) the art matters much, much more.

  • You’re more likely to find what you’re looking for. When you go to a marketplace like Amazon or Ebay, the results are mixed in with everything else. Sure, you can narrow the results with filters, but why do that when you can just go to a website that sells art, and KNOW that you’re going to find… well… art. (LOL)

When I look for art supplies, I tend to buy from art stores and art sites, rather than general sites – unless I can’t find what I’m looking for. Point? I go to “niche specific” stores to buy it those items. Why? Because the people there are more knowledgeable, the items are more catered, and they’re more likely to have what I want.

  • Higher quality items. Since you can literally find anything on Amazon or Ebay, the quality could be questionable. I’m not saying that the quality is automatically bad, but if you buy say abstract art online from one of these sites, it’s more likely to be of higher quality, it tends to attract higher quality artists and buyers.

People who tend to shop on eBay and Amazon are looking for “deals” and “discounts” and oftentimes want cheap art. Well you can only make quality products at such a low cost. It’s like the difference between going to Wal-Mart and Target. You don’t go to Wal-Mart for quality, and you don’t go to Target because it’s the cheapest in town.

If you search an art-targeted website for art, you’re more likely to find more quality products since the price tag is higher. That’s not to say that QUALITY = PRICE every time, but more often than not, it does.  You get what you pay for.

Aside from the giants, there were actually several smaller sites that I didn’t include here. They included but weren’t limited to:

  • Single galleries that “resold” artists paintings
  • Print on demand focused websites (RedBubble, FineArtAmerica, Society6)
  • Sites with little reputation or seemed questionable and/or cluttered

 I’m sure there are several other great websites out there that I missed, but I really wanted to promote websites I was comfortable mentioning.

FINAL DISCALIMER

I have not personally used all the sites I’m going to talk about. I will specifically state which ones I have and have not, but I just figured I’d throw that out there.

Saatchi Art sells premium artworks and prints online
Saatchi Art Website

#1. Saatchi Art

SaatchiArt (SA) is exactly what you’d expect of a gallery in real life – online.

The whole site has a sense of austerity to it. They have curators, exhibitions, and artist spotlights. It feels like a modern gallery, if not a little uptight. It’s not for everyone.

What I’ll say in their favor is this: they do have strict standards – which is great.

I have used it as an artist (though I have yet to sell on it – sad face), and while they’re easy to list paintings, they’re very strict on the shipping standards. It must be shipped certain ways in order to be sent out or they won’t ship it. They also don’t pay out right away – they keep the funds until the order is complete and shipped and received.

While this is a pain for the artist, it’s actually a great thing for the buyer. This ensures 1) that your painting (or sculpture or whatever) arrives at your home in one piece, and 2) that you’re satisfied with it.

The only thing to watch out for are the mark-ups. Since SaatchiArt doesn’t charge listing fees to the artist, you (as the buyer) typically spend a little more for a piece than you would other sites, simply because the artist has to raise their price to recoup the cost.

But in all fairness, if you’re going to buy a piece of art, and you want the premium experience, this is the site to buy abstract art on. Or pop art. Or surrealism. Or whatever you’re looking for.

Last thing, they’re customer satisfaction ratings with TrustPilot tend to run high, which is only another plus.

You can visit Saatchi Art Here (affiliate link)

Art Finder is a good mix of premium abstract art and affordable
Artfinder Website

#2. Artfinder

Artfinder (AF) is similar to SaatchiArt.com, but with less pomp. It too is an online gallery that sells direct from the artist. I haven’t used Artfinder, but from what I’ve read and seen, it’s a little simpler than the aforementioned.

One cool feature that AF has is a “commission” feature. If you see an artist with work you’d like work from but just can’t quite find that piece that fits, you can use this option to have the artist create something for you – without having to track down the artist and get the commission made the hard way.

I personally like the atmosphere and the attitude of Artfinder’s website. The layout is clean, easy to browse and has that “every day artist” feel.

Another cool feature that Art Finder has is their “Daily Finds” option, which helps unknown artists get exposure. This is nice, because I have a hunch that most of the items on the front pages of both AF and SA are catered to showing specific artists – probably the people with the most notoriety, publicity or sales.

This isn’t a problem – I fully believe decent artists deserve recognition – but Daily Finds helps the little guy get a chance at being seen, so that’s pretty cool. They also have a Sales tab, so you can find even more possible abstract paintings at a great price.

You can visit ArtFinder Here (Referral Link)

Etsy sells everything from art to handmade goods. Good for average priced pieces.
Etsy Website

#3. Etsy

You’ve probably heard of Etsy. I like to think of it as the eBay of the arts and crafts world.

It used to be that you could only sell handmade items on it, but I think that changed a while back, where they started allowing craft materials, or partially handmade to be sold as well (Or something like that, I honestly don’t remember).

I have used Etsy, but I have never sold anything on it.

I do like Etsy as a sales platform. Buying stuff is pretty simple, and they do allow the artist a couple of options for selling variations of the work. Their fees are low, which means the artist doesn’t have to inflate their prices.

I find Etsy is good site for buying abstract art for more casual buyers. Many of the pieces that I see sold are ones that the average person would buy.

That’s not to say that don’t have really good pieces, or even expensive ones, but much of what I’ve seen sell is art that can be accessed by anyone; kind like background art. Or pieces that are more decorative in nature than ones that make a statement.

Another reason I feel this way is because they don’t just sell art on Etsy; they sell apparel and toys as well. While this isn’t a huge deal, once again, it’s the same problem I have with eBay, only a little more narrowed on the selection.

You can visit Etsy Here

Zatista is good balance between Saatchi Art and Art Finder, but with less reputation.
Zatista Website

#4. Zatista

I’ll be honest here: I only recently found Zatista, so I don’t have much experience with it.

From what I can tell, it’s like a cross between SaatchiArt and ArtFinder. It’s got a high TrustPilot score, which is nice, and some of the reviews I found online were favorable, but again, I can’t say for sure personally. I’m not sure if the site is newer or just isn’t that established yet or what, but again I’ve only recently heard about it.

So why am I even mentioning it here?

Well, the site does seem reputable, and it does seem like a legit place to buy art.

One reason I say this is because you have to apply in order to be represented, sort of like Artfinder. That makes me take it a little more seriously.

Also, the variety on this site is good. Stuff ranges from like $50 to $10k. And, it’s got a little more variety than SA and AF, but not overwhelming amounts like Etsy. It’s a good mix.

You can visit Zatista Here

Artsy.net sells high valued art online for people who want to make statements with their art pieces.
Artsy.net Website

#5. Artsy

I’m gonna say this site is for what I call the “Heavy Hitters.” Many of these works are expensive. Or statement pieces. But they’re also from reputable artists across the world. Heavily publicized or highly represented individuals reside here.

Artsy is like a Museum/Gallery/Auction House. It’s like an online version of Sotheby’s and MoMa combined. You can browse art, buy it, and even join in auctions.

I haven’t sold here, but Artsy is where you go if you want something above “normal.” Or beyond “average” (and I don’t say that to downplay any artist, I even include myself in that).

Not better, just… different. Like stuff you wouldn’t normally just buy for hanging up in your dining room.

If it feels like I’m not explaining it well enough, I don’t honestly know HOW to explain it. You can just click here and see it yourself.

Cotyschwabe.com is this website, where I sell and talk about abstract art.
Cotyschwabe.com Website (Hey, that’s me!)

 (BONUS) #6: Artist’s Personal Website

So I wasn’t going to add anything like this, but I felt compelled to as I wrapped up this article. If you find any work online, by an artist that you like, I would say that if that person has a personal website or social media page, check into buying from them directly via that.

Here’s why:

For example, I have a Saatchi Art profile, with available works right now. But, if you buy any piece, I have to sell it for more on that site, than I would here on my own personal website, due to fees incurred by their services.

Also, if you buy a piece from me directly, not only is less due to less fees, but I can also control the price. If I want to discount a piece that I no longer want in my possession, I can do so. I can just throw a discount on it, and still control how much I make from the sale.

But if I sell on another site, and lower the price, it cuts into my profits.

Now, generally, the advantage of buying through a major website gives some sort of customer satisfaction guarantee; there’s buyer protection. This is where some of that extra mark up goes – to protecting you as the buyer.

But if the artist is a genuine person that actually cares about the work or their business as an artist, then it really shouldn’t be a problem.

In full transparency, I’ve sold everything via my website and social media channels. Buy in the way that’s most comfortable to you.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the choice is yours, of course.

If you’re going to go the route of buying from one of the sites listed above, go for it. Check them all out if you want. Do some additional research.

I’d probably recommend Art Finder out of all of them, but they’ve all got great works, just depends on what you’re looking for.

But if you want to support an artist as much as possible, buy from them directly, IF POSSIBLE. If not, then I’m sure a sale from a gallery site is MUCH BETTER than no sale at all for them. It is for me.

I wish you the best in finding the right abstract art to fit your needs.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe

Large unstretched southwest inspired orange red turquoise art

Arizona Abstract Art by Coty Schwabe

Hey there. My name’s Coty.

If you’ve been reading my blog or seen any of my videos, you probably already have an idea of who I am.

The reason I’m making this post today is simply to give you a little bit of my background both as an abstract artist and an Arizona resident.

I’ve lived here in AZ all my life. I was born in Phoenix, raised mostly in Peoria, and have no plans on leaving. Yes, I know it’s pretty darn hot here much of the year, but I also don’t have to worry about tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, or tsunamis.

I like the desert. I really do.

Although I didn’t always.

When I was younger I thought it was cool that it snowed other places, and thought the beach would be a cool place to live as well.

I also thought that the desert was pretty boring. Like oh wow, rocks and cacti. Ex-ci-ting.

Not.

But as I got older, I came to respect this state.

If you went north an hour or two, you had colder climates. 6 hours in just about any direction would get you to either the California coast, glitzy and bright Las Vegas or the wonderfully bland New Mexico.

We were kind of in the nucleus of it all, and I only had to go a quarter of a day out of my way. Not bad.

A few years ago, I had a job as an installer for a satellite television company.

I drove all over the metropolitan Phoenix area. From Whitman and Sun City on the west side, all the way to the stretches of Paradise Valley and even Tonto National Forest.

Now, this may all seem unrelated and not that exciting, but the reason I bring this up is because it gave me a chance to see many different faces of this great state in which I live.

I got to drive past mountains, both great and small. I’ve been to remote stretches of desert where only shrubs and cacti bloom. I’ve seen the spectacle that is the Grand Canyon, and the intricate parts of our state capital Phoenix (which is overpopulated by the way).

But probably one of my favorite things is our sunsets.

If you look at my available works (hint, hint), you’ll see that some of the names of my abstract art pieces involve “sunsets.” Like Chasing Sunsets and Arizona Sunset.

Arizona Sunset photo my daughter took
Arizona Sunset photo my daughter took

It’s not that I just name them so, I really am inspired by the breath-taking beauty of a state that I thought was once boring as a child.

Many of the colors and combinations I use are inspired by the colors that are naturally found here. I love the bright oranges of old Native American drawing and the citrus that used to grow in abundance here (which makes me sad because orange trees are slowly getting cut down or dying).

I love turquoise because of the amount of that we have here and fine jewelry that is made with it. You can find lots of it in Sedona and Prescott.

I admire crimson and dark purple and dusty pink because of the way they fill the sky at the end of the day. These sunsets really do inspire me.

I’ve started getting into copper and bronze more, based on the old minerals that used to be mined in abundance here. They remind me of the mountains themselves and older mining towns like Jerome.

When I became an abstract artist, I thought very little of colors. I simply put colors together and hoped they’d look good.

But as I started explanding my color palette, and drawing inspiration from the world around, I found myself using more and more southwest and Arizona reminiscent colors. Even more so today than a year ago.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve come to respect my Arizona abstract art. It’s a part of who I am as an artist and a person.

If I hadn’t lived here all my life, if I hadn’t had the opportunities to drive all over the state and visit remote areas and populated cities and everything in between, I may never have developed the reverence I now have for AZ.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks for reading.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe

What are some of the Biggest Challenges Artists Face

What are the Biggest Challenges Artists Face?

So there are number of challenges I face as an artist, and I can only assume that other people deal with many of the same things I do. Obviously I can’t speak for anyone else, but hopefully these things will resonate.

Obscurity.

This is probably the biggest. When you’re just starting out (at anything), you’re going to be a nobody. This really sucks but it’s true.

I guess when I became an artist, I just expected that people would start buying my paintings left and right, that galleries would reach out to me to represent me, and museums would want to house my art.

Not so.

In fact, very few of the people I know in real life have actually bought my paintings. And even fewer “strangers” have bought from me. I have yet – after two years of painting – to be contacted by a legit museum or gallery to be represented.

You really have to work to make a name for yourself. You have to do shows, or promote yourself online, or go to galleries yourself to get into them.

Saturation.

As if promoting yourself wasn’t enough work – outside doing what you actually love, creating – you also have to deal with saturation. No matter what type of art you create, this challenge of having to compete with other artists is only going to get worse.

Now, it’s not that you’re competing with them per se, but when it comes down to selling your art or getting it into museums/galleries, you’re just another number in a long list of numbers.

I hate to break it to you, but… There’s a lot of similar work from similar people. Your work is probably not as unique or ground-breaking as you think.

And because of this, because there are dozens (if not hundreds) of people creating similar things, you have to compete with them in the marketplace to make sales or get your art seen.

It’s a sad and unfortunate truth.

Now, you may have the ONE THING that really separates you apart from everyone else, but generally I find that thing that tends to separate people isn’t the technique or “uniquity” of the work – it’s the amount of effort they put in: into the work, into the technique, into the promotion.

This tends to be the deciding factor of who wins in the marketplace.

Criticism.

Since everyone can pretty much say whatever they want these days (both online and off), it’s HIGHLY LIKELY that someone, somewhere, at some time WILL INDEED criticize your work negatively. It’s gonna happen.

And guess what?

That’s okay.

It’s happened to me. Even my own grandmother thinks my abstract paintings could have been made by my kids. True story.

But I’ve also had people online say it was garbage or childish or blah blah blah.

But who cares?

I’m not making my art for them. I’m making it for me. And for the people who DO like it. (And are willing to buy it)

Don’t worry about the negative comments towards your stuff. It really doesn’t matter as long as you do what you love.

Insecurity.

This will probably never go away. And it’s kind of a good thing.

For me, I ALWAYS question whether my work is good enough to sell or promote.

And if I don’t think so, I’ll give it away.

But worrying about whether EVERY PIECE is good enough of not will drive you to madness.

Yeah, sometimes you feel that way, but you can’t let that feeling override your desire to create.

Pieces have flaws. It happens.

You just gotta accept that nothing in life is perfect.

Now, I’m not advocating that you put out junk, but on the flip side, don’t expect every piece to have no flaws or imperfections. Make as good a piece as you can, put it out in the world, and let the market decide.

Charging for money.

Many artists deal with the issue of charging for their pieces. They’ll either undercut their prices or just give their artwork away all the time.

How can you stay afloat if you just give it away?

I’m not against giving away select pieces for select reasons, – like giveaways, free promotion, or charities – but just giving it away all the time? No.

If you get into this practice, you’ll be harming not only your wallet, but your self-esteem.

Look at it this way: If you don’t respect your art enough to charge for it, how can you expect someone else to respect it enough to buy it?

And people rarely respect things they got free. It’s just facts.

You need to set a price that’s comfortable for you, then raise it over time. The more pieces you sell or the more shows you do or the longer you’ve been around are all valid reasons to raise your prices.

And as you do so, your self-respect goes up. I tell you what – when I sold a thousand dollars’ worth of paintings to the same person, it only made me want to paint more.

Finding your style.

Here was MY biggest kryptonite as an artist. I actually dealt with this for almost two years, and it wasn’t until recently that I found my true style (which is scraped abstract paintings BTW). I tried a number of styles and replicated other artists to kind of find my “thing.”

I think that copying artists is okay for learning, but you must also find your differentiating trait at some point.

All the while, it frustrated me to no end that I saw all these other artists, succeeding much faster than me in shorter time. Gallery offers, sales left and right, getting into magazines – all within a year or two of starting. Some of us are not so #blessed. (lol)

What I didn’t realize at the time was their consistency was the key to their success.

Once I learned to pick one style and follow it over and over again, it only got easier to create, and my desire to master the technique drove me to paint more, not less.

I think that many people are afraid of being pigeonholed into one “style,” but for me, what that really meant, was that I lacked the desire and focus to commit to that one thing. Now that I have something to master, it gives my work meaning and purpose – aside from sales.

I’m sure there are other challenges that artists face, but this was the most pressing I could think of.

I wish you all the best in everything.

Coty Schwabe

Arizona Abstract Art Challenges

Arizona Abstract Art Challenges and Obstacles

I love living in Arizona. Really I do. Yes – I get it – it’s like a billion degrees living here during the summer, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I grew up here in Peoria much of my life (I’ve lived in other towns including Glendale, Whitman, and Phoenix) but regardless – having lived here much of my life, I have no inclination to move.

As you can imagine, this can make some interesting challenges being an artist here. Creating Arizona based abstract art means I have to deal with a number of elements when creating it.

I’d like to share them here for two reasons:

  1. For my fellow beginning artists who want to make art here and things to think about
  2. To give you a glimpse of “behind the scenes” for my process, so to speak.

I’ll break this down into a few chunks:

  1. Deciding Where to Paint
  2. Indoor Challenges and Advantages
  3. Outside Challenges and Advantages

Deciding to Where to Paint

This isn’t just an Arizona thing – this is an every artist thing. I totally get that. But here I’ll discuss a few things that have to be taken into consideration when deciding where to paint your abstract art (or maybe it’s not abstract, applies either way).

One thing you have to consider is the size of your paintings. I tend to create medium to extra-large paintings. My definitions of these sizes are medium being 2’ on any side, large being 4’ or more on any side, and large as 6’ or more on any side. These aren’t hard and fast rules, just what I use.

Obviously if you’re doing small and medium paintings, you won’t need much space. Maybe a table or single easel will do. Just think Bob Ross. He made small paintings on the same easel over and over again.

If you’re making something above medium, than you might want to consider a longer kitchen table, counter top, or even the ground if need be. If you create your paintings vertically, a common thing to do is to mount a few screws to the wall and hang the painting on that while you paint it.

Temperature is another factor. Aside from temperature, which we’ll cover in a second, you also have to consider fluctuation. This is definitely a fun challenge to deal with.

If you paint inside, it’s not as big a deal, since you can control the temperature (for the most part). If you paint in your garage, or a shed out back, you’re going to have a tougher time with controlling how fast your paint dries, so keep that mind.

Or worse yet, you can be like me – and paint outside – which has even more obstacles. I’ll come back to that.

One final thing to think about is not only the painting or art itself, but also the supplies you need to create that art.

Whether you create abstract art or sculptures or anything else, it’s important that you be cognizant of the things needed to create that piece. Materials, tool, cleaning supplies – all this stuff takes up space, and you don’t want to leave it in places where you – or your piece – can get hurt.

Alright, so now that we covered some of the components, let’s cover the pros and cons of painting indoors.

Should you Paint Abstract Art Indoors?

Pros

  • Better climate control
  • Cleaner
  • Quieter

Cons

  • Less space
  • Less fresh Air
  • Some feelings of Claustrophobia

I’ll cut to the chase here:

Painting inside is ideal. If you have a studio or at least an “art room” in your house where you can go to be creative, this really is the best option.

I’ve already mentioned better climate control earlier, so I won’t mention it again.

But inside spaces tend to be a lot cleaner. You don’t have to deal with as much dust, dirt, or smog. Or run the risk of the wind destroying your piece. This has happened to me, unfortunately

It also tends to be a lot quieter inside. You’re not dealing with blaring horns, loud music, people talking, alarms going off, etc.

Now, for some, this is inspirational. If that’s the case, by all means – crack the windows, open the door, and stand outside. Whatever. But not everyone is like that.

On the other hand, there are some very real downsides to painting inside.

First off all, it’s easy to run out of room. A house or even your studio, can run out of room real quick. Especially if you store your finished pieces where you make your new ones. I tend to find that I create much, much more than I sell.

Next, the air inside is not as fresh as the air outside… at least not in regards to being uncirculated. I suppose what I really mean here is that there’s less ventilation. And if you work with chemicals like paint or thinners or extenders, anything like that, you need fresh air. Not having access to it can actually be detrimental to your health.

Lastly – and I don’t know if anyone else has felt this but I have – is this feeling of claustrophobia after painting inside for long periods of time.

After a while of painting I start to feel boxed in and the creativity just drops off. At that point, I have to walk away and come back to it later. Outside, I don’t feel that way.

Maybe it’s just me.

Okay, so let’s just jump into the outdoors art.

Thoughts on Creating Abstract Art in the Arizona Outdoors (lol)

Pros

  • Lots of fresh air
  • Creativity
  • Tons of Space

Cons

  • Those damn temperatures
  • Exposed to elements
  • Can be noisy and distracting

I paint outside but honestly I do it out of necessity. I simply lack the room to paint indoors.

As such, I’ve had to learn to deal with the consequences and challenges of painting abstract art outside here in Arizona.

Now, there are a few great things, as listed above.

I love working outdoors, because I enjoy the fresh air, the warmth of the sun (cause I’m always cold for some reason… probably stems from my heart, lol), and I just like enjoying nature. Even if it is mostly cacti and rock.

I have my whole driveway to paint on (now that it’s ruined) and I find that being outside helps me be more creative. I think it has to do with the “not being boxed in” feeling. That I can walk around and not feel confined.

But let’s be real; painting outside is NOT realistic for everyone. Especially here out here in the old AZ.

So let’s tackle the big one right off the bat:

The temperature.

Like 8 months of the year are flippin’ hot here, which makes painting a real pain sometimes. Even if you paint indoors, it tends to dry faster during spring and summer. This is a real nightmare (if you don’t know how to handle it) using water based paints like I do. Oil may take a bit longer to dry, so you may be okay on that one, although I suspect it still poses issues.

We get like 2 months a year that are perfect, then the other two are cold and even worse, wet.

Because of this, I’ve had to learn to schedule my painting for days where it’s less likely to rain, and for smaller pieces I’ll just paint them in the garage on my table.

The only real good side to the heat is that the paintings dry super-fast. This is good for two reasons:

  1. If you make layered paintings, you can start on the next one faster.
  2. If you need to store, ship or hang the painting, it’s less time before you can do so.

Over the past couple years, I’ve had to learn how to use these intense temperatures to my advantage and paint at the coolest times of the day, or even at night.

You also have to deal with the elements, including wind, rain, and dust.

Dust is literally everywhere out here. It’s so bad, dust collects in under a week on my living room tv stand. And painting outside is the worst if dust is swirling around. It literally ruins the painting.

The wind tends to blow my paintings away or flip them over so they get ruined, and I have had a couple of paintings get ruined by rain when I thought it wasn’t going to and it did. My mistake.

Lastly is the noise and distraction. I don’t so much mind the ambient noises – the ones I mentioned earlier – my biggest thing is people trying to talk to me while I’m outside. This isn’t a super huge deal, but I just thought I’d note it.

Conclusion

If possible, paint inside. At least in a studio or garage or something that will block most of the elements and give you some consistency in temperature or environment. The more variables you can carve out of the process, the more focus you put to your artwork. But, if like me, you lack the space to paint indoors, do what you must and simply learn how to adapt to it like I did.

Hopefully this article about making abstract art in Arizona was helpful. If so, please let me know, and consider sharing or buying your own Schwabe Original Painting.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe

Artists – You Can’t Please Everyone

ATTENTION: This post is for any creative type – NOT JUST artists. Writers, content producers, musicians; this is for you.

As an artist, it’s easy to get caught up on trying to please everybody, but there are really only 2 people you actually need to please, and I’ll share that in a moment.

Before I do, let me address a common pitfall that I’ve come across:

It seems to me that a lot of us have people in our lives that have demands on our lives, whether that’s friends or family or heck – even complete strangers!

And oftentimes – these people mean well. They start giving us thoughts or ideas or suggestions that they would like us to complete to give THEM some sort of satisfaction.

I’m not sure if this comes from some desire for them to live vicariously through us, or they simply want to be known by association if that thing is a success or what – but it can cause us to derail from we know we SHOULD be doing.

It stops us from doing what we feel in our core is what WE want to accomplish.

You as the artist know what you’re trying to achieve.

And when you have all these background voices – these other cooks in the kitchen so to speak – trying to direct what you should do, it takes you away from the important stuff.

It causes your work to suffer.

It makes you less productive because you’re chasing these different avenues.

It makes you feel like you’re not getting anywhere.

I get it. I’ve been there.

So who are the two people you need to satisfy as an artist?

The first person you need to satisfy is yourself.

Most creative people I’ve talked to know the quality of their work and what is most fulfilling about it.

And because of this, they (if they’re being honest with themselves) know if their work is up to their standards or not.

Is it good quality?

Does it achieve the goal or message or look you wanted – at least in a way that it feels complete?

If someone sees it, do they see my style or personality in it?

Only you can answer these questions as the creator, and if you’re too busy trying to chase other people’s versions of these things…

…You may never live up to it because it’s THEIR VISION.

When I started painting, I had a ton of people ask me if I did landscapes or portraits or murals. And I told them “no.”

But almost every one of them came back with “you should totally do this because of XYZ” or “I think you’d be really good at it if you just gave it a shot”. Things like that.

But truth is – I knew right away that I would not enjoy painting those things.

Even if I took the time to become semi-decent at those methods, it wouldn’t have fulfilled me.

It was the same thing when I was writing before this.

I’d tell people about a project I was working on, and they’d say things like “what if the characters did this” or “you know what would be cool? If XYZ happened in the story…”

There’s not enough time to try every idea, nor enough energy to entertain every direction your creative work could go.

The second person you need to satisfy is your buyer.

I care so much about what people think of me as a person, that I’m literally AFRAID of disappointing them.

In fact, recently, I had someone buy a small painting of mine. I had another similar painting that I actually felt went with it, and because I didn’t want to fail them, I over-delivered, and sent the other panting AT NOT EXTRA COST.

Now, I did this because I felt it was right at the time (and it served me well) but I also did it because I didn’t want the customer to have a bad experience with me as a seller.

But look- you’re going to get tough customers – even if you do over-deliver. That happens.

And if you’re just starting out or every sale counts and you can’t pick and choose your buyers, then you will have to deal with these customers eventually. It’s a nature of business.

Maybe they don’t like your product for some inane reason.

Or they just want this one thing changed. Again.

Or maybe they simply had buyers remorse.

But here’s the thing: you can still continue to over-deliver, and if it’s not right – simply don’t do business with them again after this and move on.

These people tend to be the minority.

While I think that customers should be treated with respect, I don’t believe they’re always right. Sometimes the expectation just can’t be met no matter how hard you try.

If it comes down to satisfying you or the buyer in the end, I say choose yourself.

Here’s why:

If you create what you genuinely like or are passionate about, you can enjoy the process. 

Bu this only works if you’re not worried about what everyone else thinks or wants.

If you enjoy the process, and you don’t make any sales – well hey – at least you enjoyed making the damn thing. And you can now move on if you’re happy with it.

At this point, I pretty much only create pieces that I know that I will like.

Of course, if someone requests a commission (not just making a suggestion but is ACTUALLY WILLING TO PAY FOR IT) – then I’ll make a piece and they can buy it if they like it, but it still has to conform to my styles in it’s final form.

Just keep putting out the work and enjoy the process, this way you don’t hate it and give it up.

And you never know when you might put out the right piece at the right time and someone who has never purchased from you might buy that particular piece, and that’s the one that kicks bigger things into motion.

God bless.

Coty