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