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Develop YOUR Own Painting Style

Develop YOUR Own Painting Style

Developing your own painting style can be a rewarding journey. It can also be hard to know where to start. After years of teaching, I can tell you, that everyone has a unique style that underlies all they do. What we need to do together is to nurture that style, bring...
Balance: A Principal of Design for Painters

Balance: A Principal of Design for Painters

As a painter, it’s important to understand the principles of design in order to create visually appealing and harmonious pieces. One the concepts in art and design is balance. Balance refers to the distribution of visual weight in a composition. It creates a...
Focal Points in Paintings: Part 2

Focal Points in Paintings: Part 2

In the last lesson we covered WHY to use focal points in your art, and what they are. In this lesson we cover the HOW. Tips for Creating Focal Points: Choose a Main Subject: The first step in creating a focal point is to choose a main subject for your painting. This...
Focal Points in Paintings – Part 1

Focal Points in Paintings – Part 1

  As a painter, you want to create a painting that is visually interesting and draws the viewer’s eye. One way to achieve this is by creating a focal point in your artwork. A focal point is the main area of interest in a painting. In this lesson, we will explore...
Movement in Painting: A Principle of Design

Movement in Painting: A Principle of Design

Movement in art refers to the visual flow or direction of elements within a composition. It can create a sense of action, rhythm, and energy in a painting. As a crucial aspect of design, movement can guide the viewer’s eye through the artwork and affect the...
Unity: 4 Keys to Cohesive Paintings

Unity: 4 Keys to Cohesive Paintings

Unity is a fundamental principle of design that plays a crucial role in creating cohesive and impactful paintings. Unity refers to the way elements in a composition work together to create a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing whole. Here are a few tips for creating...
Breaking the Overworking Habit

Breaking the Overworking Habit

As a painter, it can be tempting to keep adding more and more details to a painting in an effort to make it perfect. However, overworking a painting can often have the opposite effect, making the painting look cluttered and overburdened. Establish a Focal Point By...
Overcoming Perfectionism

Overcoming Perfectionism

What are you aiming for? If we are striving for a great final painting, we can cause issues for ourselves by being stuck on perfectionism. The fear of making a mistake that we can’t recover from, or perhaps making a lack-luster painting, is something that can...