If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know that I’ve been trying to make a couple of abstract paintings for our living room. I’ve been having a hard time, and keep starting over because I don’t like how they turn out. The problem I have with painting something myself is that I know I made it. I would probably like the painting if someone else had done it, but when I remember every brush stroke, I think it looks immature. Weird right? Does anyone else automatically hate their own handiwork?

I keep looking at photos of other paintings by artists that I like, but I don’t want to simply copy. I’ll probably never truly like my own work, but it’s cheaper than the alternative. Or at least that’s what I thought. There are lots of artists out there on places like Etsy these days, that can actually be quite affordable. Here are a few of my favourites.


Lola Donoghue’s work was probably the first abstract painting that I fell in love with. I’ve had my eye on her painting “Turn Left at the Pitch” for years now, and apparently she only has a few prints left, so I may need to buy it quick. She tends towards recognisable shapes, in bright colours, with plenty of pink and teal. She’s almost always on people’s lists of affordable abstract art, and for good reason!

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I recently discovered Dan Hobday’s work and can’t believe how affordable his stuff is. I especially love that he does set that pair together well for diptychs and triptychs. There is a fair range of abstract styles, unlike many artists who tend to stick to their ‘look’.

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Camilo Matiz is another Etsy artist who does fairly colourful abstract paintings. They remind me a bit of Lola Donoghue’s work, with the colours and shapes.

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Like Etsy, Minted has been a great resource for affordable art. Not only do they sell prints for the home, but they also do plenty of cards and other personalized items. They sell individual prints, as well as whole gallery walls if you’re new to coordinating artwork.

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Artfully Walls

Artfully Walls is a great resource that I discovered a couple months ago. Like Minted, they have a range of artists selling photographs, paintings, etc. and have a few great abstract artists in their repertoire. They also have curated gallery walls, which are a great place to start if you’re unsure of how to group different artists together.

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