Face the Rocks

make the viewer feel the majesty and grandeur of rocks

Start With Reference Photos

I wanted to make the viewer feel the majesty and grandeur of rocks. No object is included this time to give the rocks an indefinite scale, so they could only look at the nearly abstract quality of the rock facets.

I began by taking pictures of a rock-cut beside the highway near where I live in northern Ontario. Then I chose four photos and printed them out on 8×11 medium quality paper. I didn’t use photo paper as it was a waste since the pictures were only for reference.

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Anatomy of a Failed Painting

Learn from someone else’s mistakes.

Failed River Scene 24×30″ Acrylic on Masonite

This was supposed to be a mosaic-style painting, using the one-touch approach. I had such wonderful plans for this painting, but it careened out of control before I recognized it. This is an example of how NOT to do a painting. I truly believe that the best examples are someone’s mistakes. So I will tear me up, not someone else.

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Some Rules of Design

Rules of Design matter and improve your composition

It is critical to follow some of the rules of design in creating a successful painting. A healthy mix of these guidelines needs to be in each appealing work.

Simple Rules (image courtesy of https://www.painting-course.com/ )
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Abstract Fun

Let’s do something a lot different today. One of my fun things to do is to take a collection of house paint cans and a paint stick ….

Let’s do something a lot different today. One of my fun things to do is to take a collection of house paint cans and a paint stick and work from my shoulder instead of careful brush strokes. Remember, I was a house painter for 30 years so I used to be inside my painting using large arm strokes.

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Simple Impressionistic Painting

Let’s Start Painting. Here’s a simple step by step start

Let’s Paint! We’ll start with a simple painting in an impressionistic style. I will show you some steps. But I know you’re going to say, “How did you go from one step to the next?” I know, I hate those guides too, but I’ll fill in as much as I can for you.

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Why Do We Paint?

Here’s a common question. Why do you paint? Easy to answer?

We all feel like kids
We all feel like kids when we start the painting career.

Here’s a common question. Why do you paint? Easy to answer, right? I didn’t think so.

To say that everyone has their own reasons to paint is a cliche. We have in all of us God-given creativity. Some paint, draw, mold, spin, weave, knit, record, play an instrument, act, dance, etc.

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SEVEN TYPES OF BEAUTY

7 Important aspects of a beautiful Painting

The perfect Example of Beauty in painting
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. The perfect example of beauty in painting.

SEVEN TYPES OF BEAUTY IN PAINTING I LOVE MOST
(by Shafik Al-Hamdani )

Since the early 1990s, when I first started painting, I was not only enjoying the paintings I found  “beautiful,” but also having a good time analyzing them and writing critiques on what makes them so attractive.  I was eager to answer the general question: “What constitutes ‘Beauty’ in art?”

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Mediums (Not the Spooky Kind)

Adding mixing media to your paint can help create texture or make glaze

As we delve deeper into the world of paints and media and additives (mixing mediums), you will discover a whole spectrum of possibilities for your paint. You can go with straight paint our of the tube, liquid (usually acrylics) or you can add a mixing medium to enhance your paint.

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Help, I Have a Blank Canvas

Starting a new painting is much like a writer starting a new project.

The Dilemma, courtesy of Cartoonaday.com

Starting a new painting is much like a writer starting a new project. Writers are told to just write if they are stuck. Just do stream-of-consciousness until the brain kicks into gear. Well, sometimes it’s the same thing for a painter. Sometimes just experimenting with color and strokes is enough to engage the creative side.

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The Wonderful World of Painting

If you are new to painting, welcome.

Painter Painting  Painter
Acrylic on canvas, 24×18″ 2014

So you want to know more about painting. Well, that’s a deep subject (Pun intended). I guess we need to find a starting point. If you are new to painting, welcome. If you’re already well versed in painting and have some skills, please bear with me as we tackle the basics for a few posts.

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