As I was trying to teach my 5 year old grand daughter to paint I realized
what a tremendous challenge it is sometimes to be able to convey a
thought or instruction to someone else, especially if that someone
else is 5. This picture was just thrown in for the fun of it.
First I paint mostly in acrylic. I love this medium because of it's fast drying time
and easy cleanup. I have found a few things which make painting easier, some of which I have learned from other artist along the way. As with any thing in our lives we learn from doing. I have been painting daily for almost a year. As I look back to past paintings I can tell the progression of my success. I felt that to post these few tips may just be helpful to those out there who are looking to improve. I know that I have certainly searched the Internet and other resources for all of the information I could glean. So enough rambling here is a small list of valuable things I have learned.
1. Never give up
2. Search Artist sites, Art blogs, And Art, Art, Art.
3. Study other artist paintings, notice shadow and light, value and chroma.
Define what it is in a painting which appeals to you.
4. Ask for critiques from other artist and put your feelings aside. Listen and
realize you can paint a better composition by allowing someone else who sees
things you may be missing to help point out areas of improvement.
5. Study the golden mean.
6. Take the time to do a value study when you first arrange your palette before
starting a painting.
7. Try to set aside an hour or two several times a week to paint.
8. Join art challenges as often as possible even when you think you are
not good enough. Some I have found very helpful and fun are as follows
Cool blues and purples and golden
yellow set off this pitcher from years
gone by. The tulips are fresh cut and
are a sharp contrast to the coolness
of the white pitcher. Used to serve tea
in the past now it simply holds beauty.
Peaceful Harmony is a rendition of a violin waiting for the masterful fingers to bring it to life. 16x20 acrylic on panel board. I would like to give credit to Silverlady on wetcanvas forum for the photo I got my inspiration from.