We love Impressionist painting! That color, light, brushwork and so satisfying depictions of everyday scenes. No wonder so many artists want to learn that loose, Impressionist style. In this article and tutorial you will learn seven important techniques the Impressionists like to use. Adapt these techniques and practice them to give your paintings that loose and Impressionist feel.
How can artists value themselves outside of the prevailing system? In Part 2 of my interview with Michaell Magrutsche we discuss the true value of artists and creative people. Start with our value as creative humans. Fail there and you remain stuck within the "system" and always trying to compete and fit in.
Watch the podcast recording.
Are you feeling stuck? Lacking creative inspiration? If so, then this article is for you. It is normal to hit a dry spell in your artistic life. There are ways to help yourself bounce back. Sometimes it can take longer. Other times you get your creative mojo back easier. In this article you will learn about eight great ways to get your creative drive back again. Let us get started.
Guest post by Sofia Medina
There’s a certain something about seeing a piece of original artwork — it has an air of quality and authenticity that elevates a space. Great authentic artwork should inspire feeling and admiration — it’s clear when a piece is an original rather than a print, and it needs some extra care too.
by Malcolm Dewey
What can we learn from great leaders of the past? In these cynical times we can be forgiven for looking at all leaders with suspicion. But there is the common thread of humanity that binds us. One of those threads is a love and appreciation for art. One of those famous leaders who also loved painting was, of course, Winston Churchill.
In this episode of Loosen Up Your Painting Podcast we take a look into Churchill's painting philosophy in his book Painting as a Pastime. Find out more about Winston Churchill's painting tips, experiences with French Impressionism and his views on oil paints versus watercolors.
Tonalist painting explained plus a demo painting.
Have you heard about a painting style called "Tonalism". If you are not sure what this painting style or movement is all about then this article will help you. I'm going to be talking about what makes paintings tonalist and then I'm going to do a little demonstration to try and illustrate my take on this art style.
The illusion of space and depth in representational paintings is very important. Without this element paintings are flat, boring and lifeless. How to get that third dimension is difficult. Many beginners struggle to pull off the illusion and are not sure what to do. In this article I am going to show you nine strong techniques you can use in your next painting.
Do you find that FUD is affecting your creativity? If you're not sure what FUD is and how this is impacting you, stick around, I'm going to explain it all in a moment. Yes, this video is still about painting, and I'm going to be showing you a demonstration soon, but if you're not sure what FUD means, it's something that is used a lot in the investing world at the moment. A lot of artists are struggling with this condition in their creative lives. In this article I'm going to explain how you can get your creativity back on track. Then we are going to paint!
If you want to paint powerful paintings, you need to know about getting the key to your painting. Many professional artists spend a lot of time working out a key to access the scene they want to paint. The key determines the mood and impact of each painting. If you are not sure how to find the key or even what this means then read on. There is also a video to demonstrate this concept easily.
Contemporary Impressionism, New-Impressionism, Painterly style - whatever description you use the expectation remains the same. You expect a style of painting that is bold, packed with big juicy brushwork, suggested details, simplification of shapes and a little mystery too. These paintings are representational, but often flirt close to abstraction.
This approach to painting has been my guiding light for the past ten years or more. The loose, painterly approach is exciting, different and often frustratingly elusive. One of the artists that is pushing the boundaries of Neo-Impressionism is Russian artist Bato Dugarzhapov.