Principles of art design are not just
applicable to watercolors. These principles
apply to oil, acrylics and other mediums of
painting. They apply to Seascapes,
Landscapes and especially to Abstract paintings.
The Principles are even more important in Abstract
paintings since there is not always a good visual
reference to common shapes like mountains,
trees, lakes as there is in a landscape or
These principles were used by many of the 19
century master painters and still apply
today. Remembering all the principles of
design can be difficult for beginning
artists. I created the Principle acronym
'the ABCD HUG'
to help remember the principles of art