How to Create Calm with Clara Berta’s Serenity Series Abstract Paintings

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Normally, my paintings are bold and full of vibrant color, but as I seek inner peace in my own life, I decided to create a new series of more Zen-like abstract artworks called Serenity Series. My Serenity series is awash in a sea of soft colors and pale tones with minimalist imagery evoking a sense of quietness and tranquility. The neutral palettes and ethereal visuals make these paintings perfect for bedrooms or any other place where you want to create a calming and relaxing environment.

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Beyond the Clouds – SOLD – 48″ x 60″, acrylic on canvas by Clara Berta

Starting with a white or soft, neutral base, I add layers of pale tints of color, sponging the acrylic paint in a circular motion until it is almost translucent with a diffused texture. I work while listening to quiet, ambient music or other times in complete silence. The music, or lack thereof, gets me “in the zone,” helping me to imbue a calm and hushed atmosphere into my art.

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Misty Afternoon 48″ x 48″, acrylic on canvas by Clara Berta

I also gently add and remove Bombay India Ink to create lines and subtle movements in select areas on the canvas. In some paintings, this results in the suggestion of a horizon line of a distant shore. In others, the lines become a window offering a glimpse into the unknown leaving it up to the viewer to ponder what lies beyond.

Into the Deep, 60 x 72, acrylic on canvas, abstract painting by artist Clara Berta from Serenity series
Into the Deep, 60 x 72, acrylic on canvas, by Clara Berta

In my quest to reduce anxiety in my life, I’ve been thinking a lot about what stress does to the body. The way it causes so many physical ailments because it affects cells on a molecular level. Into the Deep was my interpretation of a happy, healthy cell as it helps the body to function properly so you can enjoy your life.

Clara Berta at Cambria, California
Clara Berta finding calm and inspiration at Cambria, CA

Another serene inspiration was my recent trip to the Cambria, CA. Even the sea lions were relaxed as they did yoga poses and rested near the ocean shore. And the spectacular sunset ended the day on an awe-inspiring note leaving me feeling full of peace and motivated to create more art. The shape in Foggy Seas is my interpretation of the rocks I saw when I explored this gorgeous beach.

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Foggy Seas 40″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas by Clara Berta

I was delighted when Kendra Scott Design decided to buy Misty Night to display in the window of their jewelry store in Century City, CA. The subdued tones and minimalist imagery perfectly complement their delicate and nature-inspired designs.

Artist Clara Berta's Misty Night abstract painting in window at Kendra Scott Jewelry Design
Misty Night by Clara Berta in window of Kendra Scott Design
Misty Night, 48 x 36, acrylic on canvas abstract painting by artist Clara Berta from Serenity series
Misty Night by Clara Berta

If you are in Los Angeles, you can see many of my Serenity paintings in person at Artspace Warehouse. Artspace exhibits a large selection of affordable original artworks from established and emerging international artists at consistently high standards. Only one-of-a-kind, original artworks are exhibited. Artspace is the US location of the successful Swiss gallery Kunstwarenhaus, in Zurich.

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Into the Mist 48″ x 48″, mixed media on canvas by Clara Berta

I find peace when creating these Zen-like artworks and I hope to pass that sense of tranquility on to you. Because they are so calming, my Serenity paintings can work well in many spaces where you want to create a quiet and relaxing environment whether it’s your home, office, hospital, hotel, spa or even a nursery. Knowing my art can help you escape from the chaos and stress of daily life gives me great joy and inspires me to keep painting more.

About Clara Berta

Abstract Artist Clara Berta at BertaArt Studio Gallery Los Angeles
Award-winning Abstract Artist Clara Berta

Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning abstract artist of Hungarian heritage. Her dynamic, highly textural abstract paintings have been exhibited in the United States and collected worldwide. In addition to exhibits across the US, Clara’s work has been featured in film and television including CBS’s Two Broke Girls, Bravos’ Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Disney’s You Again, Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, ABC’s The Catch, and the indie TV film Broken Links. Her art has also been seen in LA Weekly, Singular Magazine, Culture Trip, Downtown News and other publications.

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