Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Linda Blondheim Art Studio Landscapes of the South
I'm going to be painting in this beautiful place for a week starting Friday. Don't give up on me. I will return soon with more painters tips.
It is pretty easy to lose focus in a painting when you are out on location or painting in front of others for a demonstration. What you need is a plan before you begin. Think about what drew you to the scene and rely on that for the theme of your paintng. Let go of all but the main elements and rank them by importance. Keep the number small and think, main element, secondary elements, tertiary elements. How will you lead the viewer through the painting to rest on these elements? What paths will you create to lead the viewer? Will you use values in such a way as to establish paterns or paths? Will you allow a dominant value in the painting to create more interest? Will you create anchors or stops in the composition to prevent the viewer from going out of the painting? Where is the direction of light? What is the source? How will you feature the main element?
Where will you feature the most texture and hard edges, where soft and blurred? Remember that you are in charge of the painting and it's theme and development. Paintings are not about copying nature. You are the conductor of the orchestra, or the arranger if you will. Your job is to create a beautiful painting that viewers will fall in love with and want to look at over and over again.
Thinking through all of these questions and answering them will help you to stay focused on the process and the painting, bringing it to fruition with control, not chaos. Will any of us always create beautiful exceptional paintings? Likely not, but our goal is to strive for that excellence each time we put brush to canvas. Careful analysis will help us come closer to that goal.