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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...
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...
Avoiding Muddy Colors: 7 Tips for Painters

Avoiding Muddy Colors: 7 Tips for Painters

As a painter, you want your colors to be vibrant and lively, but sometimes, your colors can end up looking dull and muddy. This is a common problem for artists, but it can be prevented with a few simple techniques. Here are some tips to help you avoid muddy colors in...
Which Paint Brush Should I Use?

Which Paint Brush Should I Use?

End the Confusion About Paint Brushes! There is a lot of confusion around brushes. Which one should I use? What is the difference? Do I need all these?? While we could experiment with trying out all the brushes there are, we would probably need to cash out our...
Shape: A Useful Element of Art

Shape: A Useful Element of Art

Shape is the element of art that refers to the two-dimensional outline or silhouette of an object or form. Whether you’re working with painting or drawing, understanding the role of shape in art can help you to create successful, impactful artwork. Types of...
Avoid this Common Mistake When Painting Skies

Avoid this Common Mistake When Painting Skies

Painting skies has lots of leeway for mistakes and creativity. Clouds, colors, feelings – the variety that skies offer is astonishing and inspiring. However, no matter the type of sky you paint, there is one steadfast rule that needs to be followed. The sky is...
Lines: An Essential Element of Art

Lines: An Essential Element of Art

Lines are one of the most basic elements of art and can be found in nearly every piece of art that has ever been created. They can be thick or thin, smooth or jagged, straight or curved, and can be used to create a variety of effects in a painting. Understanding how...
8 Ways to Loosen Up Brushstrokes

8 Ways to Loosen Up Brushstrokes

  Loosen Up Brushstrokes A lot of painters struggle with ways to loosen up brushstrokes to create the feeling they want in their paintings. The Impressionists helped us fall in love with brushstrokes. And, for over a hundred years, artists have explored celebrating...
Creating Rhythm in Paintings

Creating Rhythm in Paintings

What is Rhythm in Paintings? Rhythm is a visual tempo in an artwork. Creating rhythm in paintings causes a sense of movement or action to be suggested. Viewers love the sense of predictability and satisfaction they feel from understanding the composition. It can help...
Painting Winter Sunlight

Painting Winter Sunlight

Why Winter Sunlight is Different In the winter, the sun goes through the sky in a much lower arc than summer or spring. Just as sunrise and sunset are affected by the low position in the sky, so is the winter sun. Depending on where you are, this can be a dramatic...
Creating a Glowing Paint Effect

Creating a Glowing Paint Effect

Glowing Paint Effect Ever seen a painting glow? Then suddenly you realize that just using regular paint colors, this artist was able to create that amazing effect. In this lesson, I cover how you can get that paint glowing effect, without any special kinds of radiant...
How to Start a Painting

How to Start a Painting

One of the most common questions I get from art students is, “How do I start a painting?” A blank paper or canvas can be exciting, but also stirs up a bit of fear in us. “I haven’t screwed it up yet,” was a common a thought that ran...
Beyond Blue – Atmospheric Perspective

Beyond Blue – Atmospheric Perspective

Atmospheric Perspective – What is it? Atmospheric perspective helps us create the illusion of depth in landscape painting. As the land get further away from us the colors get less intense and shift in hue. This is due to the lightwaves scattering off of...
How to Simplify a Landscape Composition

How to Simplify a Landscape Composition

What makes a great landscape painting isn’t always the scene before us. However, we have a magical superpower as artists, we can (and should!) move things around. Simplifying a landscape composition creates a way to celebrate the important things of the...
Paint Sample Squares

Paint Sample Squares

What are Paint Sample Squares? Paint sample squares are a way to tell how a certain pigment behaves at a glance. You can see the true color, how it looks with one coat or two, which helps understand that pigments transparency or opaque qualities. There are different...