Many artists aspire to a faster, looser style. I’ve learned that the first step to interpretive freedom is to develop your own confidence as a painter, according to award-winning pastelist Tony Allain.He shares his 13 tips for better pastel paintings designed to strengthen your skills and improve your results.
Why You Should Add Texture to Your PortraitureTo an artist, texture means so much more than a sensation brought on by touching something physical. It can tell a story and make something two-dimensional appear three-dimensional. It can be applied, established through paper choice, scratched into a surface and built upon, layer after layer.
I’m a color junkie. But before the image of Mimi from The Drew Carey Show becomes forever attached to my name in your mind, I’ll point out that I can control myself…sometimes. It’s tough, though, especially now that spring is on its way and I’m starting to see hints of color everywhere.But that’s exactly what I remind myself when I start to grab and mix 20 (okay, more like 30!
I don’t know if I’ve ever said these words “out loud” to you, but they deserve to be said, repeatedly and loudly. So here I am, virtually hollering at you across cyberspace: Experiment with abstract art!I know we have talked about how thinking abstractly is a key to any successful painting, realistic or otherwise.
A Love for Oil Painting and Beauty in NatureFate stepped in when actor John Ashton told George that his neighbor was an artist. “He’s supposed to be pretty good. His name is Richard Schmid,” Ashton said. After George picked his jaw up from the ground, he asked if Ashton would introduce him to Richard.
Watercolor is one of those wondrous materials that can be manipulated in so many different ways. There’s a volatility to watercolor painting as well, and that’s what makes water-based paints so exciting to use.For Jamie Wyeth, son of notable American realist Andrew Wyeth, watercolor paintings have been as much a part of his oeuvre as oil painting.
Oil Painting Methods You’ll Love from Julie HeffernanI know I’ve talked about Julie Heffernan’s out-of-the-box conceptual acuity and dynamic oil painting methods in another post, but I just cannot stop there. Here are a few more ways of working that I’ve gleaned from studying her oil paintings.Still LifeA piece of fruit, a flower, decorative plates, climbing ropes — Heffernan has a unique use for them all.
Spruce Up Your Landscape PaintingsRegardless of the season, adding foliage effects can take your landscape paintings to the next level of success. And, when it comes to seasonal foliage, I love it all. I am equally entranced by the lively greens of spring and summer foliage as I am with the rich oranges, golds and browns of fall and early winter.
Choose Color Schemes Where Light and Dark DominateLook closely at any painting that draws you in and you will likely find an artwork that uses value in dynamic ways. Enjoy this gallery of watercolors that put light and shadow to best use, then arm yourself with the inspirational source of them all: Splash 18, Value: Celebrating Light and Dark.
Your Signature Style and Your Secret StyleMany artists have a signature style or favorite subject for which they are well known. Dawn Emerson, Cuong Nguyen and Andrew McDermott are three artists who are connected to a favorite genre or subject, or identifiable style. But they also have a secret style or genre that appeals to them.
We all know that Impressionism heralded a new way of painting. Material and technical advancements–metal tubes instead of delicate bladders for holding paint–allowed artists to go wherever they wanted, observing nature on their own terms. This was also a period when color options for an oil painter’s palette increased like never before.
“That dog won’t hunt.” It’s what I thought to myself when I started to look into how to get layers of pastel to build up. It just didn’t seem possible, or easily possible. But I did my research, and that dog will hunt! Here are a few tips on how to get the layered effects you want when pastel painting.
The following is a guest blog post on art composition from Network University instructor Lucy Barber, who has a new online course on drawing and shading (click here to learn more and register!).Close your eyes and imagine a moonlit night…For a time when I lived in Maine I drove back and forth from New York, where I would visit family.
Beginner Drawings: Your Pencil, Your Paper and Your StanceLearning how to draw? It is as simple as popping open your sketchbook to the first page and getting started with learning how to hold your pencil, position your paper and stand, as well as discovering things to draw as beginners.1. Your Pencil GripGripping your pencil for writing allows you to create tight, controlled marks.
Introducing The WinSchaller SweepstakesWhen reflecting on the most influential watercolor artists of today, Thomas Schaller ALWAYS comes to mind. There is no question his use of color, ability to capture atmospheric qualities, and his entrancing cityscapes and landscapes will be celebrated for decades to come.
What’s Your Color Theory?When I ask friends and colleagues about landscape painting artists with the best use of color, the conversation gets downright heated. Mostly because there’s so much to consider when you look at each individual artist’s color theory or purpose he or she has for the painting.Color schemes are going to vary depending on whether the artist wants to convey mood or expression; to capture the light or a time of day; or to craft a dynamic composition that is less about reality and more about creating a painting that visually holds together.
Draw Animals the Way You’ve Always WantedDrawing animals is primarily a matter of patience. That means in any animal drawing session, you want to work quickly at first to capture the unique stance and bearing of the animal, and then focus on the details that distinguish them, such as the texture of an animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.
Watercolor artist Thomas Schaller achieves convincing and dynamic effects in his skies (Salisbury Cathedral, watercolor painting).I know it is a bias, but sometimes I can’t help thinking that painting skies belongs to a particular realm of watercolor painting. The medium just seems best suited to give the jaw-dropping visual effects that often appear in the sky.
I don’t think any of you know how often I brag about you and the great work you show off in the Artist Daily Member Gallery. Recently I had several colleagues looking over my shoulder at the computer screen as I showed them the pastel drawings of Eileen Healy, who has posted several works that caught my eye, and I wanted to share her work, thoughts, and pastel painting methods with you.
SketchingSketching implies looseness and freedom as opposed to more fully finished or formal drawing practices. Freehand sketching can result in marks that aren’t technically correct, but the purpose of sketching is to embrace the “mistakes” and stray marks as signs of an artist’s process and progression through any given drawing.
There is nothing that defines an artist quite like his or her palette. Some artists are meticulously organized with their color mixing, with paints arranged by color temperature, while other artists arrange colors based on their dominance in the specific work.Another defining characteristic of an artist’s palette is the sheer number of paints he or she chooses to work with.