Is it necessary to varnish your paintings? ? Is it complicated and filled with risk and more trouble than it's worth? There are a bunch of yes and no answers there already. Over time I have worked out what works for me. What is bright, shiny and true and what is a bunch of shellac (see what I did there?) Simple and practical methods that have not let me down.
In this article and video I am going to show you what works for me. Let us get to it then.
Painting trees and foliage is a torment for beginner artists. Just the other day I was talking (online naturally) to an artist on this topic. She was struggling with how to paint trees and bushes. So often we cannot see the subtle nature of trees. Painting trees reminds me of painting portraits. There are as many, if not more, shape and color variations in a tree as compared to a human portrait.
So I created a full length painting demonstration that includes trees, bushes and light to help you with this subject.
When I suggested upping the size of your paint brush a few weeks ago I did not expect the short video lesson to be that popular. After all does a bigger paint brush really make a difference, you may be asking? Oh yes it does. A lot. But what then? Is that all it takes to get the loose Impressionist look you want?
There is more and this post, with video, will show you exactly what you need to do right now.
How do you get that color? Why did you use that color? These and similar questions about color are from artists who want to use more expressive color. More exciting color. You can still get an accurate impression of a scene with expressive color. This lesson will give you a few ideas to play with.
Let us explore color at the next level.