OIL PAINTING BASICS
Painting with oil colours can seem very demanding for most beginners but it is also a technique I find to be the most fulfilling and satisfying way to express yourself as an artist. Once you learn the basics you will see all the rest is just your imagination.
There are many reasons why one should learn how to draw. First of all, drawing is a source of great pleasure. Drawings and sketches are much better than photographs when used as a mean to create a painting. The most important is that drawing allows us to develop our visual consciousness helping us look at the world surrounding us in a different inquisitive way.
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Once primmed board or canvas can be painted over with a thin coat of diluted colour using a rag or a brush. That kind of a surface is called toned surface. Toning of the surface has two purposes first it helps you diminish the whiteness of the canvas or the board...read more
Alla Prima is an Italian expression which can be translated as first hand. Painting Alla Prima is a technique in which you finish your painting quickly in one session which is different from the traditional painting which is adding layers of paint in a longer period...read more
When painting the landscapes the sky is the element that defines the mood of your painting because it is the main source of light on it. Therefore it is very important to treat the sky as the basic element of the landscape and not just as the background. While...read more
In landscapes, trees are usually seen from the distance so it is more important capturing the form and shape of the tree then to concentrate on the details like leaves and small branches. Try to define the silhouette of a specific tree you are painting since each has...read more
Expression "scattered paint" goes for drawings built with short moves adding layers of pure pigments which are not connected but allow the paper to be seen underneath. Observed from a certain distance those moves look like they are blending into the coloured mass but...read more
Pastels come in few different shapes and forms. They can be in a form of a drawing pencil in which case the pastel core is wrapped with a wooden barrel like an ordinary drawing pencil or they can be in the form of pastel sticks. Pastel pencils are much easier and...read more