It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to Master any one thing. Homework is where that is done. In this section is information about art that will help fill in the blanks, impart knowledge and help with understanding different aspects of fine art.
This exercise is designed to help in training the eye. When an artist is able to accurately to render/draw a shape the stronger their art becomes. Use this exercise to help train your eye.
The way we continue to grow as artists is to continue to draw and paint. Sometimes it's too easy to make excuses for not setting up a full palette for painting; way to much work for the few minutes we have, right. Well there is always journaling! An easy way to keep our head and hand in the game.
There is lots of talk about color temperature: blues and greens are cool while reds and oranges are warm. While that is true, in a painting the temperature of a color is most dependent on what colors surround it. For instance: A "blue-purple" is a cool color, but next to a cobalt blue, that "blue-purple" is warmer color. Or, let's use a "red-purple" which will be a warmer color, but next to a true red, that "red-purple" comes cool. Check out this little video for more information.
It is important to understand the difference between Transparent & Opaque paint and knowing how to use them to our greatest advantage is a part of the job description. This little video shows the difference and describes how better to use these paint qualities to help create stronger paintings.
Knowing how to grid can be important for an artist. Sometimes the best, most accurate way to transfer information is through using a grid. Here are a couple of different ways to grid.
How To Create Color Charts:
Color Charts provide so much information about what we can create by mixing 2 colors together and color charts provide that experience and knowledge in a visual form that we are able to refer to again and again!
One of the things I wanted to know early on was how to make my own mediums and when to use them. Though there are lots of mediums available at the local art supply store, there is a certain satisfaction in knowing how to mix it myself. There are great recipes here created and used by the Old Masters.
Sometimes it's hard to figure out what is going on with a painting and when emotions become too invested it can be counterproductive. These five questions can help remove that emotion and help "analyze" our work to find the answer to fixing it. We as artist have to be great problem-solvers.
It's important to understand what the paints we have on our palettes are capable of doing; what their properties are and how to use them to the greatest advantage of our paintings is really vital if your desire is to, one day, be considered a Master.
One of the most powerful tools an artist has is sight and learning to use it to our greatest advantage comes through learning to squint. Squinting simplifies shapes and values and allows us to the big picture. Give it a try!
Every endeavor in life has it's own language to identify and explain concepts of it's unique aspects. Art is no different. There are words that artists use to describe what they are doing on the canvas and it's important to knows those words and what they mean so that we are speaking the same language.
A value chart is all about value, value, value! This is a great way to understand approximate mixing ratios and to gain experience! The more experience we have the more we are able to bring our canvases.
Now that your painting is dry, it's time to varnish! Varnishing brings back the luster to a paintings and protects them for future generations. This video describes the steps of varnishing.