Using Photographs to Create a Painting? Too many people create a painting by simply copying a photograph. There is virtually no creativity in that, although it probably demonstrates a certain level of technical skill in being able to transfer the image to paint. If you want to create your own paintings, that are individual to […]

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Using Colour to create Mood Claude Monet was a master at using colour. He was always looking for the special effects light could have on the environment because it added a special element to his paintings.  We have to remember that colour is not a natural phenomenon. It follows a set of rules like gravity. […]

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Painting convincing flesh tones is one of the challenges of portrait painting and with all honesty cannot be achieved by using tubes of flesh tint and portrait pink. Skin is not the same colour all over, it has nuances  of colour and light and shade, so mixing skin tones is always the best policy. In […]

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One of the things that distinguishes one artist from another is their palette – the colours they use to create their paintings. It is often a good idea to limit your palette to just a few colours, I would suggest five. The reason is twofold, one you really have to learn and be creative with […]

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It doesn’t matter whether you are using watercolour, acrylic, oil or pastel if you do not understand your colours and what happens when you mix them together, you are never going to produce a really successful painting. The first essential is to get hold of a colour wheel and look at it carefully. First find […]

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