If you want to be a good painter, you should be prepared to invest a lot of time and effort into it. By practicing regularly, you’ll build up your skills and learn new things along the way. Do some painting every single day, even if it’s just half an hour here and there. The more you practice, the more mistakes you’ll make; the more mistakes you make, the more opportunities you have to learn something new.
2. Learn About Painting
When you pick up a paintbrush for the first time, you’re more than likely not going to be able to create intricate and enchanting pieces of work. Creating a beautiful painting is something that requires a lot of thought and a lot of knowledge about how paintings are created. You may very well be adept at picking up a paintbrush and creating a painting right then and there, but the more you learn about painting, the more your skills are going to improve.
3. Get Better Supplies
When it comes to art supplies, it can definitely be worth investing in more expensive
What is the true” market value” of a painting? How does a potential collector know that a fair price is being offered? After all, the price can be negotiated… It’s not like a car, a stereo system, or a suit jacket that contains technical components and can be shopped between stores. It’s only paint and canvas, right?
Lines, colors, shapes, usually on a flat rectangular surface: that’s how we most often define “a painting.” As an objet d’art it has perceived value, both inside and out of the marketplace. Often paintings contain little or no moving parts. Precious metals may be employed, but not usually-it’s simply canvas by-the-yard and pigment. The materials of which a painting is made today are not much different than they were thousands of years ago, when early man painted and engraved shapes of animals on cave walls, with crushed plants and vegetable matter for paint, and animal-fat crayons and fingertips for brushes. The technology of paint-making and the variety of painting surfaces have significantly improved since then, but paint is still made of pigments and the surface of a painting is still
You may hear some individuals use the terms “contemporary” and “modern” interchangeably. In some cases, this use of the words is perfectly acceptable. In art, however, contemporary and modern works mean two separate things. If you’ve ever been confused about the differentiation, here is a good way to look at the two painting concepts:
Contemporary art is used to describe works made recently. Some art historians will define contemporary paintings as works that extend back to World War II, while others believe it includes works created or accepted within the last ten years. The artists may still be producing artwork today, using the latest trends and techniques for painting. Generally, the classification is a catchall term for art that is current. In the future, people may look back on paintings produced today and give them a new name, but contemporary art serves as a placeholder for anything that has been recently produced.
Artists defined in this category are known for exploring with a variety of mediums, even on canvas. They may choose interesting
What is this technique used for?
The dry brush painting technique is used to give paintings more texture and to make them look like they’ve been done on a much rougher surface; the surface also looks as if it’s been scratched quite a lot. If you’re using water-based media, including watercolours and acrylics, using this technique on something in the painting can give it prominence because it contrasts with the rest of the painting.
What type of paint should I use it with?
The great thing about this painting technique is that it can be used with all three main types of paint (acrylics, watercolours and oils). Of the three main types of paint, acrylics and watercolours are probably the best to use this technique with because they dry quite quickly. Because oils take a lot longer to dry, you have to wait a lot longer for the paint to dry before you can blend or brush over strokes you’ve already made.
Is there anything else I should know?
This technique is really well suited for watercolour paper, especially paper that’s already got quite a rough texture to it. To get the best
1. Appreciating works of art
Paintings can be intricate works of art that have many layers to them in terms of their message. Artists complete their works in a particular way and have a particular subject matter for a reason. If you paint, you’ll get a better understanding of why other artists have completed their works in the way they have. The best way to understanding the make-up of a painting is not to look at it from afar, but to do your own paintings and get to grips with how they’re completed. The more you experiment in your own work with different styles and techniques, the more you’ll understand and appreciate other works of art.
2. Stress relief
Painting is a great way to relieve stress. Many people turn to painting because it allows them to get away from it all and focus on creating something positive. Many channel their stress into their works and create works that have been inspired by their heavy feelings. Painting becomes more fun and exciting because you’re leaving the negativity behind and doing something where you can just focus on the good.
1. Paint on the go
One of the best things about digital painting is that you can do it wherever and whenever you want. All you have to do is get your iPad out and get to work. Whether you’re on the train, waiting for the bus or just lying on the settee, you can just get your iPad out and continue working on your painting. You don’t have to worry about getting lots of equipment out and putting it away once you’re done; everything’s packed into a handheld device that’s easy to carry and can be used anywhere you want.
2. Less equipment, less mess
To create a good painting, you’ll need lots of equipment. To create a digital painting, all you need is a tablet and a stylus. iPad apps have pretty much everything you could possibly need to create the painting you want; if you’re creating a traditional painting, you have to make sure you’ve got all the equipment you need, otherwise a trip to the shops is necessary. Normal painting can get messy and you can spend a lot of time cleaning up after yourself once you’re done, whereas digital painting
One of the key properties of watercolour paint is that it’s transparent. This is important to bear in mind, because it means that you can see through the layers of paint. It also means that you can’t cover mistakes up by going over them – try to go over a mistake and you’ll still be able to see the paint you’re trying to cover up. Watercolour paint’s transparency gives paintings a sort of ethereal quality, which is why many choose to use it.
2. Colour change
Part of mastering painting with watercolours is being able to get the exact colour you want. One of the problems with watercolours is that, when watercolour paint dries, it always looks a lot paler and lighter when dry; when it’s wet, on the other hand, it’s usually a lot darker. Bear this in mind when creating your painting, so you get the colours you want. If a layer of paint comes out too light, you can always paint another layer on top of it. Get a spare piece of paper and do a few tests to make sure the colour that comes out is the one you
1. Travelling by car
Travelling by car for plein air painting is quite simple. All you have to do is to make sure that all of your supplies are carefully packed. It’s a good idea to put any supplies you can on the floor behind the front seats, or on the floor in front of the passenger seat next to the driver’s seat. This way, if for some reason you have to make lots of tight turns, there’s less of a chance of your supplies sliding from side to side and getting damaged. You want to make sure your supplies are going to and from your destination in one piece.
2. Travelling by plane
Travelling by plane with supplies for plein air painting requires a bit more planning. There are three options: you can carry your supplies with you, you can have your supplies shipped to wherever you’ll be staying, or you can purchase your supplies over there. When carrying your supplies with you, it’s important to pack them well and not to go over any weight restrictions, otherwise you could face additional charges. You’ll probably need two suitcases: one for your supplies and one
1. Find something you’ve never painted before
If, for example, all of your paintings are of summer landscapes, why not try a winter landscape? If you always paint cities, why not paint the countryside for a change? If you always use oils, why not give watercolours or acrylics a go? Many artists get stuck for something to paint because they’re used to painting the same thing again and again; they find they can’t do anything else with what they already know. Think outside of the box; expand your horizons and explore new things. You’ll soon find that there’s always something you’ve never tried, so go ahead and try it.
2. Visit somewhere you’ve never been before
Visiting somewhere new is a really good way to find something new to paint. When visiting a new place, you never know what wonders await you. Even if you paint from your imagination and not from real life, going somewhere new and exploring it can give you lots of great ideas about what to paint. Seeing new things stimulates the mind and gives your creativity a boost. To generate new ideas, you have to have new input. If you
1. Heightened appreciation
Painting landscapes gives you a heightened appreciation of the natural world. It enables you to see the world more closely and to understand it finer points and intricacies. Many people don’t fully appreciate the beauty of the natural world around them because they don’t take the time to look at it more closely. When you paint a landscape, you’re challenging yourself to inspect part of the natural world so you can effectively depict it in your painting. You have to see what the world around you is made up of.
2. Getting outdoors
Many landscape painters choose to practice plein air painting. This is simply the act of going outdoors and painting the world as you see it. Plein air painters explore the world around them to find a beautiful spot to paint. One of the reasons why so many artists enjoy plein air painting is because they get to be in the great outdoors surrounded by nature, as opposed to stuck in a stuffy studio. There are some artists who just explore their local region for great places to paint and there are others who will save up and travel to
1. Colours used
Many artists used to use monochromatic underpaintings. The reason for this was to give substance and volume to the different aspects of the painting, as well as to enhance the contrast between darker areas and lighter areas. However, any colour and any colour of combinations can be used. It’s worth experimenting to see what different effects can be produced by using different colours and colour combinations for your underpainting. Many choose to use lots of different colours as a sort of template for layers to be painted on top.
Underpaintings are used to give paintings more tonality and texture. Many artists use a limited number of colours to create a first version of their painting, marking of areas that are going to be rich in colour as further layers are added. Underpaintings can also be used to give your painting flashes of colour. The colour used in the underpainting will very slightly show through the layers on top of it. It’s a good idea to experiment with contrasting colours, so the colours from the bottom layer will be shown more effectively. A really good underpainting can produce colours that visually
1. It is made from pigments that are ground together and held together with a gum binder that’s water-soluble, of course. The pigments used in watercolour paint can be either natural or synthetic.
2. It dries a lot lighter than when it is applied. In other words, the colour you apply to the canvas won’t be the same colour you’ll get once the paint has dried out. The final, dried colour is about two times lighter than the original colour applied to the canvas.
3. It is very safe and practically non-toxic. However, you should still avoid getting it on your hands, just to be on the safe side.
4. It has been used for many millennia – cave paintings done in paleolithic Europe were done in watercolour. It gained a surge of popularity during the Renaissance when it became appreciated is a proper art medium.
5. It can be transparent or opaque. Transparent watercolours let the light into the canvas and reflect it back, creating a sort of glowing effect. Opaque watercolours, on the other hand, don’t let the light in as much and instead make it bounce off the pigment, which creates
1. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato is widely believed to have come up with the idea of mixing two colours of paint together to produce a third colour.
2. During the Roman times, the colour purple was associated with royalty and aristocracy. This was because the purple pigment was especially expensive at the time, so only the rich could afford it.
3. Another colour that was once very expensive is ultramarine, also known as deep blue. At one point in history, this particular colour was more expensive than gold!
4. The Aztecs believed that red pigment was more valuable than gold.
5. Different colours of paint are thought to have different effects on people: green is thought to alleviate stress, while red is thought to help depressed people feel active and motivated.
6. Isaac Newton developed the colour wheel, a diagram which shows the relationships between different colours, in 1706. There are different variations of the wheel, though most focus on the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
7. The Mona Lisa is arguably the world’s most famous painting. The subject, whose true identity is speculated about but still unknown, doesn’t have
The affinity of mankind towards art has always existed since time immemorial. As man evolved, his bond with art also grew and in fact, laid the seed for the first form of expressive language – Pictography – a form of writing which uses representational and pictorial drawings. But before expressing himself through written or spoken language, man took to the walls to ‘speak’ his mind through distinct and elaborate strokes of daily life. Thus was born the prominent art form – Murals.
These large scale paintings applied directly to walls, ceilings, and other large flat surfaces are probably the oldest human art form. Cave paintings at Harappa, Mohenjo Daro and many other ancient human settlements stand proof of that. Since then it never saw a downside. During the Renaissance Era various art forms flourished mainly by the legendary works created by the likes of Michelangelo, Vasari and Leonardo Da Vinci. Most muralists produced artwork in multiple media, demonstrating a remarkable range of skills. The murals by Michelangelo adorning the interiors of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City depicting momentous events from the Christian Bible, never fail to strike people with awe.
The trend slowly shifted
I thought that it would be interesting and informative to write this article about the process of painting a wall mural but first of all I would like to talk about a few factors and experiences.
The job of a wall mural painter (not a service, which a lot of websites think) which I specialise in I find to be highly understated, underappreciated and undervalued. It is expected to paint a wall mural in a day by some people I’ve spoken too, it sometimes leaves me flabbergasted to think that my talent which I’ve built-up for nearly 30 years of my life could result in a whole wall hand-painted with a beautiful unique scene in the same time it would take to go to a painting & decorating store, buy a tub of magnolia paint and blanket paint the walls with a roller which requires little in the way of skill or talent and further-more be offered a similar price.
Then we have the situation of people wanting the mural painting carried out on a voluntary basis. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I believe every artist should pay their dues in some respect and it
1. It’s cheap
Of the two, student grade paint is by far the cheaper option. If you’re on a budget, this is the one to go for. The pigments that are used in paints can vary hugely in price, with some paints costing a whole lot more than others because they contain pigments that are more expensive; paint manufacturers usually group paints in series. Most series are numeric: the higher the number, the rarer the materials used in the paint are and, therefore, the higher the price will be. Student paint usually comes in only a few series, whereas with artist grade paint, there are lots more expensive series to choose from. You may even find that some student paint comes in just one series, with every colour available for the same price.
2. Colour range
As mentioned above, with student paints, you don’t actually get as much of a choice of colour as you do with artist paints. Why is this a reason to choose student paint? Simply because a limited choice is far less overwhelming than a practically unlimited choice. Many people find it hard to purchase art products because there’s so many
1. A good investment
Artist grade paint is more expensive than student grade paint. However, one way to get over the price is to see artist paint as a good investment. Use it to make your work of art special and mean more to you. A painting’s going to be all the more important to you if you invest money into it, as well as time, of course. With this more expensive grade of paint, you know you’re getting your money’s worth. Investing in it for your painting means that you painting’s going to be more treasured and appreciated. Note that with this grade of paint, the higher the series number of letter, the more the cost will be. The greater the cost, the greater the quality of the paint.
2. Huge choice of high-quality colours
With artist paint you get practically the full complement of colours to choose from. If you’ve used student paints in the past then switch to artist paint, you’ll appreciate the huge variety of colours that this type of paint offers. instead of your choice of colours being limited, you can take time to explore lots of exciting and vibrant
You’ll find that watercolour paper comes in different weights. Generally speaking, the heavier the paper, the thicker it is. So if you see some watercolour paper that’s referred to as being quite thick, this also means it’s quite heavy. The weight of watercolour paper is measured in pounds per ream (lbs) or grams per square metre (gsm). There are lots of different weights available, though the standard ones you’ll most commonly find are: 90lbs (190gsm), 140lbs (300gsm), 260lbs (356gsm) and 300lbs (638gsm). Heavier paper, usually paper that’s above 260lbs (356gsm) in weight, will probably require stretching in order for you to paint on it without any problems arising.
Most watercolour paper isn’t actually white. You’ll find lots of basic watercolour paper types come in variations of white and light, creamy colours. The colour of the paper does tend to vary from brand to brand; even a single manufacturer can offer several different colours in their line. The colour of the paper can affect how your painting turns out, though it’s not something to worry about too much. The best thing to do is to just go for watercolour paper of any
1. Work on several paintings at a time
It goes without saying that the more you have to do, the more you get done. When you have more than one project to finish, you find that you become more productive because there’s more pressure on you to get the work done. If you’re working on just one painting, you don’t really feel as much pressure to get it done because there’s nothing else vying for your attention and time. While you’re waiting for one painting to dry, you can carry on working on another one. It’s easy to have several paintings on the go at once, especially if you are using similar colours and techniques for more than one painting.
2. Make a plan and stick to it
It’s very easy to get started on a painting and to come up with new ideas along the way. The only bad thing about coming up with ideas along the way and incorporating them into your painting is that this takes up extra time. If you come up with a fixed plan of what your painting’s going to be like and run with that plan without letting
1. What is it?
Tempera is a type of painting medium that consists of a coloured pigment mixed in with a binder, usually an emulsion of water and egg yolk. This type of painting medium is very fast to dry and is very long-lasting. Tempera painting simply refers to paintings done using this sort of medium. The artist will first grind the pigment into a powdered form and will then place a small amount of this on to a palette. Next the artist will add a few drops of distilled water to the pigment. Then the egg yolk binder is added in small amounts until the solution is as transparent as the artist wants it to be. The amount of binder that’s required depends on the pigment being used. While painting, the consistency of the paint needs to be preserved and this can be done simply by adding more water to the paint.
2. When was it used?
Tempera paintings appear to have originated in classical times. There are references to this sort of painting throughout Latin, Greek and ancient Egyptian literature. Numerous important works of art were said to have been made using this