Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
It often seems so simple when an instructor shows me how to improve my work. They make it look so easy. What's worse is that I tell myself, "I know that, why didn't I do that?" I think that some of these things are not yet intuitive, or maybe they just are not yet ingrained in my memory. Perhaps after a few years, they will just pop to the surface.
I am starting, very, very slowly to see things that need improvement in my and other artists' painting. Still, I know that I don't always see things the way the experts see them.
Some items that I need to remind myself when painting:
- When composing a painting, design a direction that will lead the eye into the painting and keep it there.
- Soften edges to allow items to fade into the distance or to become less important.
- Sharpen a few edges to pull the eye to the desired areas.
- Use highlights sparingly.
- Distribuite colors around the canvas rather than containing them to one area. This unifies the design.
- Bring in background color for shadows and to help to add dimension to items.
- Watch for curved items and remember to blend dark to light to establish three dimensions.
- When painting leaves, use a large brush and add the color in one big swipe. Later go back and add details but keep it simple.
- When painting reflections, especially in water, the reflected image is slightly lighter and less defined than the image being reflected.