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Art Tips: Pastel Demonstration (ii)

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From there, I apply a soft coat of titanium white to the sky area.  I blend into this with a light touch of cadmium yellow at the bottom and cobalt blue at the top.  This creates a soft but luminous effect in the sky.


Art Tips: Pastel Demonstration (i)

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Here I have chosen to paint a garden scene with pots and lots of sunlight.


Art Tips: Simple Knife Painting (iii)

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8. From there we now block in some of the middle and foreground brushes.  Those in the middle ground are mostly violet with a hint of green, while those in the foreground are mostly green with a hint of violet.  Remember tonal perspective; colours in the background are paler and softer while colours in the foreground are warmer and stronger.


Art Tips: Simple Knife Painting (ii)

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4. From there I apply the rest of the sky with a mixture of Cobalt, Cerulean, Titanium and a hint of Cadmium Red.  I then strengthen the top of the sky with a little Ultramarine Blue.


Art Tips: Simple Knife Painting (i)

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Here is a landscape photo which I will do step by step with you.


Art Tips : Painting from your imagination

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As an artist one of the most common questions I am asked is "do you paint from your imagination?"  The answer to this is "rarely."  I usually have some reference to hand.  However, it is possible...


Art Tips: Painting a Still Life IV

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Paint the background behind the vase with the original colours and more Titanium White.  The red in the middle is Cadmium Red and the white on the right has a little blue.  Apply roughly and by applying around the objects the background, or negative space, helps to create greater depth and 3D on these.


Art Tips: Painting a Still Life III

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Start to develop the lights and darks on the vase.  For the whites use less ultramarine blue.  For darks use titanium white, ultramarine blue plus a small amount of burnt umber and yellow ochre.  This allows for the background to be reflected in the shadow.  As the vase is reflective, your colours are not blended flat but can be left slightly uneven to display this.  The blue on the vase is as before but with more light and dark variation.


Art Tips: Painting a Still Life II

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Art Tips: Painting Loosely

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When we start learning how to draw and paint, as with any new endeavour we tend to be very cautious and tight.  With painting, I recommend learning to paint freely and over time to control and direct this freedom rather than starting to paint strictly.  Given that both approaches are necessary at different stages, in my experience those who start loosely tend to find it easier in the longer term to adapt to both approaches.  So, to help this here are a few tips and I've shown below a recent demonstration I did for my students putting these tips into practise:

1) Use a larger brush - this way you cannot be too detailed but rather more suggestive.  Also, you can feel more confident with a larger brush, making more immediate strokes.

2) Simplify your composition - don't feel compelled to put in everything you see.  Focus on what is important.

3) Change your palette - not alone does this allow you to be more experimental with colour but using different colours changes how you see or expect to see your composition.

4) Paint at arms length and if painting from a photograph place it further away so that it is not easy to distinguish detail.  This way, you can focus on tonal shapes, light & dark.

5) Use a painting knife.  Unlike a brush, you don't have the same control.  It is a great way to play with paint and convey liveliness of application.

6) Place a time limit from start to finish.  This forces you to apply only the most important elements


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