Painting is difficult enough when you know what you are doing. But when you are winging it without a basic and reliable process it can get frustrating. Expensive too if you are wasting paint without making progress. All of these problems are easily overcome with a strong start to your painting. In this video I have tried to set out my most important process tips that you can start using right now.
This new lesson in How to Loosen Up Your Painting covers one of my favorite subjects. Painting seawater is a challenge and a lot of fun. Firstly it is about the sensory pleasure of being at the sea. The sounds, smells and constantly moving water that engages the senses. Then the challenge of capturing that experience on canvas. Sounds harder than it is. So I have decided to add a lesson on this topic so that you can have a go as well.
In a three part lesson I will start off with laying out the basic shapes. Big and bold. Then the underlayer of paint. Just like water has distinct layers from the seabed, the underwater rocks and then the top layer catching the sun's reflections. By working with these layers in mind we can create a sense of transparency and depth.
Then I have to make a few changes in composition to help achieve more movement in the painting. See how to make adjustments as you go. Finally completing the painting with thicker paint to end off with a light filled and loose impression.
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Over the past few months I have looked at tips for artists selling their work. From business strategy to pricing your paintings. In this article I will touch on the topic many artists turn to first. Social media marketing. Often social media looks like the answer to launching a business. An easier and cheaper way to reach millions? Nobody has all the answers, but I will add a few experiences that may be helpful:
Sometimes you can have the best of both worlds. Many painting enthusiasts in my classes want to paint realistic works. Perhaps this comes from photography where a sharp picture is appreciated. Everyone who has a smartphone has a great camera on hand so it is easy to why this is the case. But unfortunately this does not translate to paintings as expected. So what is the real issue and how can we solve it?