By Malcolm Dewey, Professional artist and teacher
Are you tired of your paintings looking tight, lifeless and lacking the spark you were aiming for? This is very likely due to overworking your painting. In this article and video tutorial I'm going to show you a few tips and tricks that should be able to help you solve this problem. A few ideas and techniques you can pull out of thin air when you're really struggling to get your painting looking fresh and vibrant.
Do you want to loosen up your painting style? Are you looking for something more expressive that is not so tight and lifeless? In this article you will see two Impressionist paintings of the same scene. One more traditional and the other more expressive. Both are loose and painterly. This variety of tyle and approach makes loosening up your painting exciting and rewarding.
Watch the video demonstrations then try out the paintings for yourself.
Why is is so difficult to create rich, vibrant color in paintings? Beginners especially struggle with this mostly because of one big problem. How to handle transparent and opaque colors. In this lesson we take a look at this issue and I will show you an easy technique to give your colors and paintings a boost.
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.
More paintings are ruined because of too much white paint than any other reason. You composition can be great, but if your color is cold and chalky the painting will look sickly. Unfortunately most beginners cannot understand the problem. You want light color you add white, right? Not so fast!
Today I'm going to be show you some color mixing and more importantly, how to keep white paint out of your painting for as long as possible to get rich, deep color. Let's have a closer look.
Are you new to watercolor painting? Perhaps you are looking to start watercolors, but are not sure how to go about it. In this lesson I am going to discuss what brushes I prefer. We will look at a great set of brushes you should consider. Then watch a brief video demonstration where I will show you my process from start to finish. This is not difficult and beginners can try this out too. Let's take a look.
Color mixing is intimidating. Do you struggle to get your painting colors to match the subject? Does your color look cold and muddy? In this article you will learn three great professional tips you can apply right now. Your color mixing will improve overnight. Two of these tips will cost you nothing as well. What's not to like!
Let's jump in and have a look at number one.
How to develop your loose painting technique? In this article I'll be looking important questions asked by artists who are struggling to loosen up their painting style. Importantly how to stop themselves from falling back into old habits. Are you trying to loosen up your painting style to get a more impressionist look? But do you always seem to fall back into the safety of a tight style? This is the issue that we want to solve in this article.
Plus you can try an amazing exercise to break these habits. Take a look!
Do you want to improve your painting? If yes, do you want regular positive feedback and participate with like minded artists and have a fun experience too? No pressure. Just painting and building your skills. Sounds too good to be true, but it is exactly what I wanted to create in my Artist's Live Channel. This vision is now a reality, but don't take my word for it. Come and see for yourself.
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!