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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Boathouse at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

I like the way the boat house blends into the background.

I did it with a dry 3/4 flat brush and took the paint off rather than put it in.

I've done this technique rarely though it seems to work well I think.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe Watercolour Painting

This was painted from a photograph taken by donaldw

I love these old Scottish castles by the lochs.

I think though maybe I should have got a little more of the reflections of the mountains into the water.

"Early Sailor" Watercolour Painting

This one came straight off the top of my head.

It's a simple composition, the temptation often is to do too much.

I quite like the variation in colour amongst the trees and unfussed nature of the water.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Friars Crag Derwent Water Watercolour Painting

I painted this from a photograph by Jeff Coates I found on Panoramio. Basically I'm a sucker for anything with water in it.

I visited Keswick a couple of years ago and stood not a million miles from this spot.

It really it a lovely town Keswick, well worth another visit someday soon I think!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Watercolour painting of Derwent Water, Keswick

Another painting from one of my favourite areas in the Lake District, Derwent Water.

Again I've taken out the clouds with a dry brush.

The distant boat helps to give a sense of scale to the picture.

The water I've done with the tip of the hake brush, loading it with sky colour and then moving left and right across the paper using just the tip of the brush, leaving plenty of gaps to suggest the ripples.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

"Misty Mountains" Watercolour Painting

This painting was another from my imagination.

The sky was done differently to how I normally do them. Putting in a darkish sky colour first, I then took out the clouds with a dry brush.

I may use this technique more often as I think I prefer the result compared to my usual skies.

The clouds look a little more believable.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Watercolour Painting: "Crimson Sky"

This painting I did from my imagination. It's a typical scene from where I probably get my greatest inspiration, the Lake District. I can't resist putting some boats in the distance.
I'm trying one or two ways at the moment of doing water. This was simply painted in at the same time I did the sky.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Watercolour Painting: Near Mountrivers Bridge, Clare, Ireland

This is a watercolour painting of near Mountrivers Bridge, Clare, Ireland. It was inspired by a photograph I found on Panoramio by KasiaD. I like the moody feel of the scene and the limited colour.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

How to Use the Grid Method When Drawing Or Painting - Learning to Paint

How to Use the Grid Method When Drawing Or Painting - Learning to Paint
By []Julie Shoemaker
One common question that many beginning artist ask is, do I have to draw before I can paint? The answer is that you should have drawing skills, or at least a way to make it appear that you can draw. The good news is that drawing is make easy when you use the grid method. When you use a grid to obtain accurate drawings you are literally following your own step by step technique for drawing.
The grid method is a great way to get a small picture onto a larger area such as a canvas. The grid is actually a way to break a picture down into a dozen or more smaller more manageable pictures.
The grid method is done using a ruler and creating a grid of equal squares that is placed over a reference picture or photo. The squares in the grid can be any size such as one half inch or one inch. Now draw another grid on your painting surface. The grid on the painting surface can be the same size as on the reference photo or it can be larger or even smaller. It just depends on how large or small you want the painting to be.
Lets say that you are working with a photo or picture that you cant draw lines directly on. An excellent way to still be able to use a grid would be to draw the grid on a transparency or having a transparency or overlay made. You will be able to use it over and over again. Just make sure that you tape the photo on a piece of paper, then tape the transparent grid on top of the photo. This way, your lines won't move. Lightly draw with a pencil, a grid on your painting surface. Keep these lines light because you will be erasing them when your drawing is complete.
Now that you have your grids in place you are ready to draw. Look at the reference photo in only one square at a time. Working one square at a time, draw what you see onto the canvas. Do this step by step and square by square.
You have now taken a complex subject and literally broken it down into manageable pieces. Have fun and don't be afraid of drawing because with the grid method, drawing is made easy.
Julie Shoemaker is an avid painter and hobbyist who regularly gives paintings as gifts to family and friends. To read more articles like the one here, and to see more free art tips, tricks and techniques and free step by step lessons   Learn Painting Techniques or visit

Acrylic Canvas Painting - Learning to Paint

Acrylic Canvas Painting - Learning to Paint
By []Julie Shoemaker
Acrylic paints are very versatile. With acrylics, you can vertically paint on any surface. Painting on canvas, is a fun hobby that produces lasting works of art for you to display, sell or give as gifts.
Of canvas products, canvas paper is the least expensive surface for painting on. The paper is appropriate for watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. The paper comes in large pads and are easily ripped off just like a pad of paper. Also available are rolls of canvas paper. The paper won't tear or buckle like ordinary paper. You can mount, matte, put it under glass or even staple it to a frame. Use the paper when you want to experiment, practice or use for your finished work. The best thing about canvas paper is that when framed or matted, it is hard to tell that you didn't paint on stretched canvas. The quality is very good as well. I suggest using canvas paper when beginning or practicing but realize that for lasting quality features, you might want to advance to stretch canvas.
Canvas boards or panels. Canvas boards are usually very sturdy and relatively inexpensive. They are made from a stiff cellulose product, lined with a cotton canvas and primed with gesso. They are suitable for all types of media, including acrylics, watercolor and oils. Some advantages to using canvas boards are cost and the fact that they are thin. It's very easy to find mattes and frames when the painting or work is on a thin surface. Some disadvantages are that if cheaply made, these boards can and do warp over time. This can be especially aggravating if you have spent a lot of time on a piece.
Stretched canvas. Most professional oil or acrylic work is done on stretched canvas. Stretched cotton canvas is stapled on wooden strips or frames. The staples are either on the sides of the frame or the back depending on the company that made them. The canvas is usually primed with a couple coats of gesso and is ready to be painted on. There are a variety of stretched canvases so be sure that you are buying the correct one for the medium that you are using. There are also different textures from rough grade to portrait grade. Some canvases come painted around the deep edge for a frameless, contemporary look.
Painting on canvas is fun and a great way for your work to be everlasting. There are lots of canvas materials to choose from. I hope this brief article has helped to clarify the three main canvas painting surfaces.
Julie Shoemaker is an avid painter and hobbyist who regularly gives paintings as gifts to family and friends. To read more articles like the one here, and to see more free art tips, tricks and techniques and free step by step lessons   Learn Painting Techniques or visit

How to Paint a Simple Seascape - Learning to Paint

How to Paint a Simple Seascape - Learning to Paint
By []Julie Shoemaker
Seascapes have always been a favorite scene for acrylic, watercolor and oil artists. Seascapes can be windy, calm, rocky, sandy, stormy or peaceful. There is no right or wrong way to paint a seascape. There are only techniques to help you along your way to creating you own seascape masterpiece.
The first thing you should do with your seascape painting is to sketch an outline of the composition onto the paper or canvas. A seascape painting is usually more interesting if the horizon is not placed in the center of the scene. This means that either the sky or water will take up more space.
Let's say that you are painting a cloudy day scene where the mood is windy and rough. You have already sketched the main subjects onto your canvas and placed the horizon line. Now use a soft large brush and brush a wash or thinned layer of blue with purple to darken it onto the sky area. While the paint is still wet add a touch of red to the top portion of the sky to darken it even more.
When the sky has dried, use white with a touch of the blue, purple and red added to it and start the clouds. When you paint the clouds remember that you want them to look large and stormy. To do this, paint them using large circular motions and leave spaces where the sky shows through. Your clouds should extend low to give the impression of depth. Take some of them beneath the drawn horizon line. To soften the top edges of the clouds, you can use a wadded paper towel, sponge or your brush.
Now you will add another layer of clouds. This layer will be either darker or lighter than the first. You just want to make them different so they look like a separate layer. Apply the second layer in the same manner as the first but make sure that you let parts of the sky and parts of the first layer show through. Your sky is now done.
Since you are painting a windy, storm scene don't be too worried about keeping the horizon water line too straight. Just take your water color and using horizontal strokes, paint in the sea. A good color to use is ultramarine blue with hookers green. You should stay away from using straight blue. In this example we will paint the water in all the way to the bottom of the canvas. As you work your way forward or downward loosen and let the waves show with your strokes. The water will be lighter in the rear and darken as you come forward. Add some green and purple and even brown to darken the water as you come forward.
To accent the swells and water movement, use the brush edge and add lighter color along some of the waves. As you move forward, the waves will become larger and more visible. Add a few dabs of white to indicate splashes. If you want a particular wave to really sparkle and stand out add some yellow to the top part of the wave. The yellow will make it look transparent.
This has been a pretty simple example of a stormy or restless seascape. Seascapes can be a bit challenging, so don't get frustrated or discouraged. Keep practicing and you will get it. Han fun and enjoy learning to paint.
Julie Shoemaker is an avid painter and hobbyist who regularly gives paintings as gifts to family and friends. To read more articles like the one here, and to see more free art tips, tricks and techniques and free step by step lessons   Learn Painting Techniques or visit

Painting Nude Females - A Perspective With Natural Beauty

Painting Nude Females - A Perspective With Natural Beauty
By []Naval Langa
 Painting human body, especially female nudes, has remained a favourite model for the artists since the primitive age. While choosing a model for the art, the artist of various fields do it for many purposes. The painters choosing human bodies as their models keep certain theories in their minds. Take the case of the radiating paintings of Venus. The nude paintings of Venus, the Goddess of love, personify love and harmony. In many a paintings she is shown with Mars, the God of war. The idea behind such depiction is to show the effort of love and the sense of harmony to restraint the impulse leading us to war. The purpose of the artist here is to pacify the warmonger living within us.
By selecting the female nude as model for their art-pieces, the artists desire to connect themselves with the viewers emotionally. The painters wish convey the exact feeling they encounter while looking at the nude object. During the ancient time, whether it may be the paintings of Venus or work done on the alters of churches, the artists' primary motive remained the adoration of the beauty of human body, especially of the female body.
But by selective the women's body, mostly as the base for depiction of their art, the painters always encounter the difficulties attached with the complexity and the stigma attached with the figurative painting in general and the painting women's body in particular.
The master painter have tried depicting stories, mainly mythological through such paintings. Once we know the story depicted through the painting, the imagination that a painter had in mind becomes identified or clearer to our minds. After that the details of a paintings function as written words in a book.
The artists of the western countries, mainly European, seem unusually preoccupied with the painting of nude persons, women and men alike. They have made the human body an important, a key building block of their art. In Eastern countries, barring India, the nude paintings are still a taboo.
In modern time, the subject of 'Painting The Nude' has undergone a gradual liberation from academic constraints. However there were master painters in past, too, who painted both male and female nude figures and adorned the beauty of the human bodies.
Naval Langa is a short story writer from India. He writes essays and articles on various subjects, including the art of paintings. For other articles on paintings by Naval Langa please visit the following sites. Here the articles contain detailed reviews of paintings and the images of the paintings. []PAINTINGS GALLERIES []PAINTINGS OF HUMAN BODIES
The article sent is original one, and I am not connected with any person or company attached with publishing business. I write the articles using what I have read in various newspapers and websites freely available to the public.
Apart from doing literary writing-I'm a writer, a novelist-I try to see how a particular event would and could affect people living in its immediate surround.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Draw Sketch - A Beautiful Way to Express Important Object

Draw Sketch - A Beautiful Way to Express Important Object
By []Murtaza Habib
Drawing is a kind of art that you can visualize applying various drawing instruments properly, and it will create a two dimensional medium. Sketches are drawings with improper detailed information, or they are just for studies and outline. If you want to draw a sketch on a particular subject, you have to do deep studies about that subject. You need to keep that subject at your eye level, and it is a best angle to create a sketch for that subject. In beginning you need to draw light and think lines for the sketch. Make sure that the lines drawn should be broken and not connected. The drawing should be made to the perfect scale.
The drawing process should work slowly and details are added over there as the sketch develops. Once you feel that the sketch is very near to accuracy, you can join all broken lines using bold and darker strokes. There are many instruments that you can use to draw sketches like a pencil, chalk, pen, ink and charcoal. Dry instruments like pencils are very popular for drawing the sketch as it takes very less time. You will also find many artists who are even comfortable using watercolors or clay to prepare the sketches. Each and every drawing instrument has its own way of use for making the drawing image attractive. Hatches are mostly used to create depth in a sketch.
Cross hatches are mostly used to develop different tones in sketches. If you want to achieve tone graduation, then it is necessary to control the density of breaks. You can get continuous tone variation using pencils and other drawing sticks. It will give amazing effects to the depth of drawing. There are many artists who draw sketch in a linear perspective. You can also give depth to your sketches using other techniques.
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