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Saturday, 28 February 2009

Oil Painting - Harmonizing With Oil Painting

Oil Painting - Harmonizing With Oil Painting
Oil painting is the most versatile specie of art. Different painting variables can be used and not limited only to the artists' paintbrushes and paints. Aside from oil paints and a canvas, some artists use other media. Varnish is one thing.
The different media used by the artists can be fine-tune or fiddle with the luster or polish of the painting, or may cover up the strokes of the paintbrush, or make the painting appear mobile even if still.
Oil painting gets the hand of only the most adaptable and flexible talents. It has its own varieties.
May it be mixture or in glazes, its new and old result attracts the eyes of the many. Mixture is how the artist thickly applies the oil paint, whereas glaze is how thinly the paint is applied on the surfaces.
The attractiveness of oil painting stretched through Italy during the 15th century. From then one, it has touched many artists across the globe. Color selection becomes paramount most especially in oil painting because the properties of each oil paint may give adverse or good effect.
Conditionally, artists will mix the paints in advance before applying them on the canvas, paper, slate, pressed wood or wooden panel. As artists are trying to establish their own identity, developed in the art of oil painting is the technique of using oil paints in tubes.
It is more convenient, and less messy. First, one may initially paint the surface with a clear paint, or instantly apply charcoal, depending on the theme of the artist.
Artists vary in their style, strokes, and subject matter. In this painting, it matters not the theme or subject matter, but on how well the artist apply the techniques, or even make his own technique. For some, they let the initial coating or the under painting dry first.
However, the new school would already venture on wet-to-wet painting. This is more difficult because considering the component of oil paint that does not dry instantly, applying paint on a wet layer could modify the preliminary design, or my end up revising the entire piece. Artists like Jan van Eyck are too bold to undertake this method.
This is very complex, if not, the intricate piece of work. The oil paint could dry up for years. Some artists would wait for several years before they could apply the second layer, then several years again before it will dry. Oil paints do not dry by evaporation but by oxidization.
Patience is the number one material in this painting. Nonetheless, the masterwork will definitely be a stunning success.
However, oil paintings dry by oxidization, they often leave the painting a hardened surface. That is why it is necessary to scrape its surface to remove the coarse and jagged exterior to give a smooth and leveled facade. To preserve the painting, apply varnish.
However, this medium can alter the color, or the translucency of the painting, so you may just want to have it varnish-free to preserve the original color and tint.
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Beginner Watercolor Painting Tips - Getting Started

Beginner Watercolor Painting Tips - Getting Started With
By Ralph Serpe
Like any new form of art, watercolor painting can be difficult
at first. It is only with time and practice that one becomes a
better painter. Never become discouraged by your mistakes or
lack of progress.
To start watercolor painting you will obviously need to
purchase supplies. Purchase the best possible materials that you
can afford. We all want to save as much money as possible, but
if you work with cheap materials, you are not going to be happy
with the end result, especially if you spend days or even months
on a particular painting.
This does not mean you should go out and spend hundreds of
dollars on top of the line supplies right away. Start off buying
a small amount of good quality supplies until you become more
The quality and texture of the watercolor paper you choose will
have a dramatic effect on the final outcome of your painting.
Watercolor paper comes in several different categories: cold
pressed, hot pressed, and rough. Rough paper has the highest
tooth of all watercolor papers, giving you the most texture. Hot
pressed paper has the smoothest surface available. Cold pressed
paper has a slight texture to it and is more versatile. Cold
pressed paper is the most popular paper amongst watercolor
Two other things to be aware of when purchasing your watercolor
paper are sizing and weight. Sizing is when the fibers of the
paper are treated to make them less absorbent. The weight of the
paper is the weight measured in pounds of one ream
(approximately 500 Sheets). A heavier paper would have a weight
of 300lbs or more, while a lighter paper would have a weight of
90 or 140lbs for example. The lighter the paper, the more likely
it will wrinkle when wet. Lighter paper should be stretched to
avoid this.
You will have to experiment with the different papers to find
the one you like most.
Watercolor paints come in both Student and Artist quality.
Artist quality paint has a more intense vibrant color. Student
grade paints have more fillers in them rather than pigment,
which is why they are less expensive. Many artists recommend
only using artist quality paints, but it really is a matter of
taste. Experiment on your own with both grades to form your own
Watercolor paint is available in tubes and pans. With
watercolor pans, you have to add water to the dry cake in order
for it to be workable. With pans, make sure your brush is clean
before picking up a new color; otherwise you will dirty your
colors. With a tube, the paint is more workable, but be careful
not to squeeze out more paint then you need.
Purchase only a few primary colors and learn how to mix your
own colors rather than purchasing premixed colors.
When you become more experienced, you can then start
incorporating more colors into your palette.
Brushes are probably the most important part of an artist's
supplies. The watercolor brush should be of good quality, with
the ability to perform well under most conditions.
Brushes come in an assortment of sizes and shapes. There are
both natural hair brushes and synthetic brushes. Natural hair
brushes are more expensive, while synthetic brushes may not
perform as well as natural brushes. It is therefore recommended
that you purchase a blended brush that is made with both natural
and synthetic hairs.
You do not need a ton of brushes to get started in watercolor
painting. In the beginning, a few good brushes should do the
You should at least purchase a round brush, a flat wash brush,
an oval wash or mop brush, and a rigger or liner brush for fine
You will need a palette for mixing your watercolor paint. The
best kind of palette for mixing watercolor paints is a white
palette. Since watercolor paint is transparent, a white surface
seems to be the best color for clearly seeing your mixtures.
Now that you have a basic of idea of the watercolor supplies
you need, it's time to find a place to setup your studio. You
will want a location in your home or elsewhere that is quiet and
where you will not be interrupted.
Next you will need a painting table. If you can, invest in a
drafting table. If not, you can use a regular table. Whatever
kind of table you use to paint on, it is important that your
painting surface is inclined to a 15 or so degree angle.
Next you want to make sure you have an organized and clean
painting area before you begin. Make certain that you have all
the materials you will need within reach for that particular
painting session.
Here are some things you should consider having in your
watercolor studio:
- A large see through plastic jug to hold water.
- A clean absorbent cotton rag for drying your brushes
- A spray bottle filled with water to keep your paint wet and
your palette clean
- Pencils for sketching
- Erasers
- A sketchpad for doing preliminary sketches.
- Container for your brushes
Many painters often struggle with this question. If you find
yourself feeling uninspired or confused about what to paint,
simply remember what subject in life that you feel an emotional
or deep connection with. When you have this type of connection
to a subject, your painting will reflect that passion and you
will not lose interest.
You can develop great ideas for subjects in a variety of
different ways. If you are a lover of the outdoors and nature,
simply taking a trip with a camera can do wonders. If you love
animals, you could take a trip to the zoo and snap off some
shots or head to an aquarium and do the same. Take your photos
back to your studio and find the most desirable subject for your
I wish you the best of luck with your watercolor painting. If
you become frustrated or discouraged remember that every artist
has been there. The key is to never give up.
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Using a Viewfinder to Compose a Painting

Using a Viewfinder to Compose a Painting
Often there's simply so much that's appealing in a scene you want to paint that it's hard to choose what to focus on. Find out how to use a viewfinder to crop the elements to get the best composition
Acrylic Paints and Cold Temperatures
Acrylic paints like to be at least the same kind of temperature most people think as cold but not freezing. So if your studio is heated to the kind of temperatures health authorities recommend you keep your house to prevent hypothermia, they should be okay. If you leave a wet painting in an unheated studio over a frosty night, it may not be.
Read more specifics here...
How Can I Know if a Color is in a New Brand is the Same/
Find out how to identify what a particular paint color actually is in a tube using the color index name, or pigment code, on the tube label.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Table top painting easel from The Works

If you're eager to venture outside and do some painting but can't be bothered to cart a large easel around with you then read on.

I've just bought a little portable painting easel from high street store The Works.

At just £10 I think it's a great little bargain.

You can either set it up on a table or just grab yourself a seat and place it on your lap.

It even has a drawer underneath, handy for keeping all you paints and bits and pieces together.

Some great photo reference material on google maps

If, like me, you're constantly looking for new places to paint, then try google maps.
Type in a location you are interested in to get a map of that area on the screen.
Then click on the 'More' tab in the top right corner and click photos.
You'll then see lots of little thumbnail pictures of photos that were taken in that particular area of the map.
Fortunately only photos of a decent quality are allowed on the system so you should get plenty of good pictures to use as reference material.

Buying your watercolour paper

I've found a cracking place where I now buy my watercolour paper.
Art Discount (just google their name to find their site) now sell approx 130lb paper in bundles of 100 for about £25.
Not only that but at the moment it's free postage.

Watercolour painting tip

By painting standing up rather than sitting down it allows you to quickly take a couple of steps back to gain a better overall impression of how your painting is progressing.
Try it, it really does work!

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