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Tips For Starting Your Painting Art

Tips For Starting Your Painting Art

Your painting art journal is a powerful way to jump-start your future painting projects. Consider the following tips to get started.

1. Obtain an 8 1/2 x 11 size hard cover sketchbook. Of course, you could make your own journal, but that is for another discussion. Why keep a journal? It is important to maintain a journal to record important ideas that you receive. If not those great ideas will fly out of your mind as quickly as you receive them. Therefore, Keep your journal with you at all times.

2. Use zip lock or similar pint sized storage bags.

These bags will contain small clip files. Keep images in these bags that can be drawn on for inspiration and included in your painting. Also, keep a sharpie pen to write on the zip lock bag to record its contents.

Get a glue stick to paste some of these image ideas into your journal with notes stating the possible uses of the images. Try recording your notes with color. This will give you a good visual record of the direction that you planning to go in.

3. Write your thoughts about your painting ideas into your journal.
Your thoughts are in addition to the notes you have recorded in step 2. They should be images that inspire your creativity.

When possible include the time, date and place where you obtained your inspiration. The recording of the TIME may help you in understanding what time of day, or month you tend to be more creative.

When you record the location where you got these gems of insight it will encourage you to re-visit that special place.
This will allow you to capitalize on you peak creative times. And the surroundings that inspire your spirit.

4. Use color swatches for ideas and paste into your journal.

Look for color samples from magazines clippings that can be inspiring in your color choices. This can help in the overall color feel of your painting series. They may have an earthly color feel, a warm color sense or cool colors made up of blues and greens.
This is also the time to play around with different color combinations. These color swatches can be pasted into your sketchbook with your glue stick.

5. Paste photos inside your journal and maintain records.

A photographer’s best friends are the records that are kept for future reference. These records include:

o Camera and lens combinations used, what digital settings were used or film type.

o Time of day that light in a scene was observed. Some great light is seen early dawn or near sunset. It is usually during this time that you can get nice color changes and light angles.

o Seasonal changes. This will enable you to know where and when to go to get that breathtaking photo.

For example, once a year there is a park in my area that has Cherry Blossoms. If I capture a picture there and decide to paint it in the future I need to record the season and place of those beautiful flowers.

6. Draw, Draw, Draw.

Drawing is fundamental. Drawing is the key foundation to all art forms. With the use of note taking in your journal you can record studies for future artwork.

I like to do thumbnail sketches first. These are small quick drawings that record the sense of composition before a more careful worked out drawing is done. Sometimes in the thumbnail stage I will record notes that will be helpful in my later work. The incubation stage for a series of paintings can be born in your journal.

7. Carve out a time and place each day to visit your journal.

Sure there may be days you just do not post to the journal. But if you aim to do it daily then you will miss not doing it. As a result you will go to your journal the next day or two that week.

When you start an art journal it will launch you into a consistent painting production mode that will fire up your creative juices.
Keep it going and keep producing those painting gems.

Oil Painting Art

Oil Painting Art


Oil painting has been around for hundreds of years. In fact, the thirteenth century has brought us some oil painting art from England. This is where they used oil paintings for decoration. However, during those early years, many of the artists liked using paints that are known as tempera, instead of using oil paints. This is because tempera would dry faster than the oil paint. During the fifteenth century, certain artists came up with the idea of taking tempera and mixing it in with the oil paint. It was not until the seventeenth century that the pure oil paint became more popular. Below, we are going to discuss this topic even more.

If you are in touch with your artistic side, then we are sure you are in this type of art. Oil painting has a tendency to slowly dry. In fact, it dries slower than any other paint out there. This is because it is made from small particles of pigments.

Some of the artists out there may find it troublesome to wait for the painting to dry, but when taking a class, you will find that the artists believe this type of art should be taught to every student. This has a lot to do with the fact that there are many oil paint reproductions developed using these type of paints.

When it comes to this type of painting, there are more advantages than there are disadvantages. You see, if you forget about your paints and you leave them open, then they are not going to dry out as fast as the other paints.

Since it takes longer for them to dry out, the paint in the tube is not going to dry out if you leave it open. In fact, it could take up to a couple of weeks for it to dry.

This also makes it easy for an artist to leave their picture and come back at different sessions without fearing the painting is going to dry up too early. Of course, for many, this may be viewed as a disadvantage because the slow drying could make it difficult for them to go to the next stage of their project.

These type of paints are great when it comes to blending with the paint that is surrounding it. When you blend it on canvas, you will be creating unique strokes that are not possible with any other type of paint. Of course, to some, this advantage could also be viewed as a disadvantage. It is possible to blend colors that one did not intend to blend.

Have you taken a look at all of the oil painting art that is out there today? We’re not just talking about the pictures that are hanging in the museum. We are talking about the type is for sale. There are many websites on the Internet that have a large variety of pictures for sale. Some of them are from private artists, while others are from famous artists. Oil paintings would look great hanging on your wall.

Considering An Oil Painting

Considering An Oil Painting

Choosing artwork for your home can be a very overwhelming task. There are many things to consider including the size, colors, type of art, and taste. Because there seem to be many pitfalls and it seems easy to purchase the wrong piece, many people avoid buying any art. Some people will buy something cheap so they don’t feel like they have wasted money on artwork that they later decide they don’t enjoy or doesn’t fit the room. However, there are many benefits to learning about art and purchasing a fine art oil painting for your home.

The first thing that should be considered is the style and color of the room where the artwork will be hung. You will want a painting that will compliment the existing colors or contrast for a bold look. A piece of work that clashes with the current decor will seem out of place. However, if you find something perfect, consider redecorating the room to fit the painting!

Oil paintings are a great way to inject color and visual interest in the home. They can also be a form of self-expression (even if it was painted by someone else). Fine art can also show the world your interests, for example an equestrian may enjoy a picture of horses.

The best place to start when looking for art is the internet. This will provide information about artists and galleries. Understanding price points for different artists will allow you to determine your budget and size of painting you can afford. A great way to stretch a small budget is to check out local galleries for oil paintings by new and upcoming artists. These paintings are often priced much lower and will sometimes appreciate over time. A gallery owner will also be able to guide you through many options available.

Artwork also has the benefit of being a real conversation starter. This can be extremely helpful during parties or get-togethers where there are people meeting for the first time. An interesting piece of art can bring people together and also reveal different ideas and interests. This will get conversations started and hopefully rolling for the entire party.

As mentioned earlier, fine art often increases in value over time. This makes a fine art oil painting a wise investment. It is important to remember that art will not double in value overnight, but instead gains value slowly over time. Passing a painting through generations will create a valuable family heirloom, both in financial and sentimental terms.

Paintings can also hold a large amount of sentimental value. For instance, purchasing a painting of the church where you were married or of the city where you honeymoon can make a wonderful anniversary present. It will also invoke many fond memories each time it is viewed.

Though redecorating and especially purchasing art can be quite challenging for many people, it is well worth the effort. An oil painting art that has been carefully chosen can add interest, color and value to a home. It is well worth the extra time and effort required to find the perfect painting that you love and compliments your home.

Oil Painting Art Course – Learn to Draw

Oil Painting Art Course – Learn to Draw

Are you an artist? Do you want to become an artist? Do you want to be a better artist?

Are you a botanical artist, do you aspire to be a still life painter, a painter of bar scenes, a science fiction or manga artist or a seascape painter? Some people know from birth and others find themselves in their later years (i.e. Grandma Moses in her 70’s). Some students learn on their own, or go to a four-year art school, some prefer to take an art class or art course from time to time. Others teach themselves using art textbooks, art videos or work with other artists and learn from each other.

Struggling to develop their art, some complain that they need better brushes. Some art teachers say “put a little blue here.” It’s not the brushes. Sure the light could be better where you paint or draw and it’s not the little blue that goes here. What’s missing in the art education of some is an understanding of the visual basics that underlie all good painting.

Here is a list of the basics that underlie quality drawing and painting.

1. DRAWING: Study and practice drawing. Keep an artist’s blank sketch book with you and draw everything you see. Study books on how to draw and practice, practice, practice.

2. FORM: Understand that form underlies everything. A sphere underlies an apple or an orange. A cylinder underlies a tree trunk. An egg form underlies the human head … and so on.

3. LIGHT AND SHADE: How an object changes its appearance across its surface depends on how the light(s) strike it, the underlying form and “local color” of the object. For example: Let’s “paint” a word picture of an orange on a table. If the main light is a warm light (like the sun or a light bulb) striking the orange from in front and above to the right of the orange, the colors and values across the orange from left to right from the viewer’s viewpoint are as follows:

– Rich medium orange
– Lighter, a little less orange, a little more towards yellow/white/orange highlight
– Back to a rich orange in stages getting darker and less color intense toward the shadow side of the orange
– Progressively darker and cooler into the shadow side of the orange
– The tones further from the light are less warm orange & more toward maroon or alizarin crimson orange
– The shadow side lightens some toward the extreme right as it picks up some reflected light from the table top
– Next is the shadow cast from the orange on the table top … and so on

4: COMPOSITION: Understand that paintings are composed, so study the principles of composition. Your art course(s) or art textbook(s) should include composition theory and training.

5. COLOR THEORY: Color is a major component of picture making so study and understand color theory.

6. PERSPECTIVE: Perspective underlies a building, a street or a city. In a smaller world, there is perspective (both linear and atmospheric) in three fruits and a wine bottle on a table.

7. STILL LIFE: Having learned the above basics numbers1-6, you can apply them to a still life.

8. LANDSCAPE: Landscapes may include cityscapes, roofscapes, seascapes and so on depending where you live and what you can access. Drawing, form, composition, light and shade, perspective and color theory underlie landscape drawing and painting.

9. FIGURES, PORTRAITS, PEOPLE and ANIMALS: Some students want to “only paint people” or “only do portraits.” Tell that to Leonardo DaVinci … his Mona Lisa is in front of a landscape. A rounded art education should include anatomy studies of people and animals in addition to the basics.

Let’s review the underlying basics of how one can learn to draw and learn to paint. A rounded student needs to study and advance their understanding and skills in:

– drawing
– form
– light and shade
– composition
– color theory
– perspective
– still life
– landscape, botanicals, seascapes and so on
– figures, portraits, people and animals
– … and over time … an understanding of these basics will make any picture better.

As I asked at the beginning of this article, who are you or what do you want to become as an artist? You may know what you want to be as an artist or want to find out as you develop your artistic skills. Shakespeare had a rule to keep in mind as you educate yourself in painting “…This above all: to thine own self be true…” (Act 1, Scene III, Hamlet, Polonius to Laertes). You can find your artistic self while studying the basics step by step.

I had a college art school buddy who started copying comic books as a child. He now travels the world drawing and painting elephants, other animals in the wild, tribes of nomads and other exotic subjects.

I also worked with a fellow instructor at Famous Artist’s School who saw the work and career of a great seascape painter and decided that he wanted to do the same. He did become a successful seascape painter with his own art gallery on the sea. My seascape painter friend could paint a person walking on the beach, with driftwood and foliage here and there and the sea rolling in toward the beach.

Both my friends had to study and absorb drawing, form, light and shade, composition, perspective, color theory, still life, botanicals, landscape, seascapes figure, animals and portraits so they could end up painting their dreams.

Learn to draw and learn to paint by learning the basics step by step.

The author has painted and taught for 50 years and has had over 30 art exhibits of his paintings. My USA based online art school has students in 19 countries. I have taught art classes at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Manhattan, USA, Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Famous Artists Schools in Westport, Connecticut, USA. I have also lectured on various art subjects all over the USA and in Holland, Belgium, France, South Africa and Australia.