Friday, 12 August 2016

Never mix paint with your best brush

If you have special brushes - i.e. kolinsky sables or even mixed synthetics with very good points

see pics...





You really will not want to be ruining those beautiful pointy tips.  I can assure you, if you start mixing paint with them, those tips will be no more!    Always mix your paint with a lesser brush, sometimes I use a very cheap oil bristle brush or similar, for mixing paint.  That way it doesn't matter if the brush gets ruined.






Thursday, 21 July 2016

Showing Light

 When you want to emphasise a Light area, you have to put a contrasting Dark area next to it.   Obviously this works in reverse too.

This sketch shows how that works....








Saturday, 16 July 2016

Let the paint do the work

This example sketch of a tree trunk shows how simple this technique is.  

1.  The ink outline forms the shape  

2.  I wetted the trunk with clear water

3.  Then dropped in random (and I truly mean random) colours on the right hand side of the drawing

Yellow Ochre - Burnt Sienna - *Sap Green - Burnt Umber

*the Sap Green was the only one that I purposely put to the left...don't overdo even though it is tempting!

THEN when the colours are in, I 'carefully persuaded' the paint to drift to the left, but not too much.  It's good to leave some gaps of paper showing.

Leave it to completely dry.  The magic happened all by itself...in fact the painting PAINTED ITSELF.



Go on, give it a try.




Saturday, 2 July 2016

TONAL VALUES

Having trouble finding the Lights in a scene?

Example this photo for instance:


THEN  LITERALLY  SQUINT

AND THE LIGHT AREA WILL JUMP OUT AT YOU.

Happens to be 3 areas in the above photo:

1. the sky
                             2. the reflected light under the bridge
                       3. the strip of grass that runs across the scene
 

plus by Squinting

the DARKS will be very obvious too.


SO REMEMBER TO SQUINT AT A SCENE
IT WILL HELP YOU SO MUCH WITH TONAL VALUES 


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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Working slower

LOOSE painting does not mean QUICK painting.  Some think they need to work a piece of art in a quick way in order for it to become a Loose artwork, but NO ....TAKE YOUR TIME and your art will look all the better for it.



Monday, 20 June 2016

Using Black

Well, for a start DON'T use Black straight from the tube.  Black will totally finish off your painting.  Straight from the tube it has no depth, the light doesn't bounce back off it - basically it just falls FLAT/DULL/WITH NO IMPACT......

This is where you need to MIX YOUR OWN BLACK


I hope this will show up from the photo on my camera...

This is 
Black from the tube



Here's a mixed Black  

So from now on always mix your Black


Another alternative to Black is

Alizarin Crimson + Hookers Green
Another perfectly acceptable Black


TEST THIS OUT FOR YOURSELVES,
YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN.







Saturday, 18 June 2016

Allowing Light spaces in your paintings and sketches


The First version of this riverside scene was painted in one go, 
from top to bottom

However, it has NO LIGHT SPACES OF PAPER


This Second version was painted a section at a time,
allowing some areas to dry first
and HAS LIGHT SPACES OF PAPER


Very often Beginners will paint like the First version
whereas
the Second version is something they will eventually get to with more experience.

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