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Identifying and Painting Tricky Values Accurately

Light colours in shadow & dark colours in light • Art Lesson by Doug Swinton

Identifying and Painting Values Accurately

This art lesson deals with a simple idea which is often under-utilized or overlooked by most artists. It explains how to accurately recognize and render light values living in the shadow family and dark values living in the light family...

Before you even begin, make sure you have a good source to paint from. Without good lights and shadows in your reference the painting will end up looking flat. Now try to separate your scene into the light and shadow families. Accurate separation of lights and darks makes for a more pleasing painting.

Colour - Understanding vs. Perception

Developing superior colour sensitivity • by Michael Downs

Color Perception

Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch… these are the five basic senses that perceive external stimuli which in turn are interpreted by our brains. Each sense can be refined with training, practice, and experience.

Sommeliers train their palates for tasting the subtle flavors within a good wine; conductors train their ears for hearing the nuance of sounds within an orchestra; and hence, painters should train their eyes for seeing variation of colors within their subject matter.

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

Discipline needed for artistic self-realization.

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

In painting, repetition is the key to getting better results. Like warming up with finger exercises on the piano or practicing scales on the guitar, repetition in painting is the key to getting finer work. Even professional athletes continue to hone their skills between games. In the painting game, repetition is one of the disciplines needed for self-realization…

4 Things To Get Right Before Painting

Don't reach for that brush until you have the essentials covered.

Painting Fall Trees

Many students think that leaning to paint means mixing up paint and brushing it on in an interesting fashion. There is so much more to learn in order to create an interesting painting. I agree that pushing paint around is the fun part, but it's even more rewarding when you get the following aspects of the painting process done correctly.

10 things I know about painting fall trees

Painting Tips & Tricks for artists

Painting Fall Trees

1 - Cadmium Yellow Deep is the number one secret to painting warm yellows. Every cadmium yellow I have tried has a tendency to the green side. This green tendency makes it really hard to keep your colours warm and thus makes your painting pasty. It also makes it hard to get warm dark yellow for the shadow areas. Cadmium Yellow Deep and Burnt Sienna (an orange) mix will give you a great dark yellow that is warm.

7 Benefits of Painting with a Limited Palette

Achieve a greater balance through your painting.

7 Benefits of Painting with a Limited Palette

My youngest son is a genius. He asked me, “Dad, how come you are having a sale in the store, and while trying to sell more paint you write about painting with fewer colours?”

Using less colours means you are spending less money but you will paint more when you see the results. The goal of a limited palette is to gain more control and get rid of the frustration and confusion. You can always expand your repertoire once you learn to paint efficiently.

7 benefits of painting using a limited palette...

10 Things I Know About Painting

By Doug Swinton

Doug Swinton • 10 Things I Know About Painting

Since the day the late Brock Linehan asked me "What do you know for sure?", and I had trouble answering, I've never stopped asking myself that question. Over the long haul some things keep repeating themselves and as I paint in my own studio or attempt to solve problems with my students, I realized that some things are always true. This list keeps growing but here are a few of those "for sure" things I've come to believe.

If there is anything you believe to be true every time, in other words, universal to every good painting, please post it in the comments section.

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Being self-critical is a waste of time. Try drawing instead.

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Sometimes it seems impossible to begin painting. You may have no idea what to paint or where to begin. This may not be true for those that always paint the same subject in the same way, but for those that wish to create something unique, it can be a serious block.

I'm not going to pretend to know all the solutions, which tend to be as varied as art itself, I only want to present one easy way that has consistently worked for me in hopes that it may also work for you. Try it next time you are feeling uninspired and let me know how it turns out...

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

By Doug Swinton

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

1. Focal Point: Choose one! The hardest part about painting is the vast buffet of visual stimuli Mother Nature puts out before you. Whether you are outdoors, painting a still life or using a photo you need to simplify thing so you don’t get over whelmed. If you are getting confused then most certainly the viewer will be confused. If you start by saying “my painting is about the barn and the cows and the tree, oh and for sure the puffy cloud and the fence… too much information!!!! Think is my painting going to be about the foreground, the middle ground or the background/ sky. One of these needs to be dominate and be a dominant shape.

 

Painting Secret #43 • The Power of Green

Simplify your palette by mixing your greens.

Overgrown

A lot of artists have trouble with green because there are so many shades to mix and so many types to buy. What I've come to understand about green is that less is more. Simplify.

Removing most of the greens off of my palette made a positive difference to my paintings. If you want harmonious greens you have to mix them. I now carry only one green, Viridian, a green with subtle blue undertones that also makes nice turquoise colours.

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