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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Blondheim Art Original Paintings

River Estuary
14x18 inches
oil on canvas

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Painters Tip

When you are working from life or from a photo, take your time composing. Don't get in a rush. Think of your composition as the skeleton of your painting. If you don't build strong bones it will topple. If your composition is poor, all the color,texture, and pizazze you throw at it will do you no good at all. It will still be a poorly composed painting.

Try this method. Use a single color to do an initial placement of elements on the canvas. When you have that done, step back and think about it for a bit. Do you see mistakes or ways to improve the composition? if so, select another color and do your corrections. Now you will clearly see the two alternatives on the canvas. Decide which one you like. Now take a third color to tweak anything wrong with the first two. That will be your final block in for the painting. Keep in mind that the paint you have used for these corrections is very thin, just an ink stain.

I always start with a light color and go darker with the other two corrections. An example would be yellow as the initial block in, red as the first correction, and blue as the final tweaking of the composition.

Now you are ready to proceed with the painting, knowing that it is carefully composed.

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