I get list fever, and this is one of those days. I have
made a grocery list, a list of gifts I need to buy, and a list of artists I
want to look up. The only list I haven't made yet is my list of lists!
lists are great things, especially when you are like me, learning painting
techniques and trying to apply them consistently and properly. Sometimes, a
list of essentials helps me keep it all together in the studio.
|Moonlight by William Hook, 12 x 24.
here is yet another list, this time of eight essential painting tips gleaned
from artist William Hook.
carefully and solve compositional problems first so that when you are painting,
no drawing issues crop up.
the middle ground first when learning how to paint. From there you can better assess where your center of
focus should be.
||Forest Edge Study by William Hook, 12 x 12.
the temptation to vertically expand a scene, especially if you are painting a
landscape. You'll lose the effect of a vast area if you do.
a big brush so that you can't obsess and niggle with unnecessary details.
in your treatment of the light source is key to creating a convincing painting.
negative space late in the process and use this time to define and alter
spot colors in a painting; that is, place a high-chroma accent color in three
places to create a sense of balance.
but also vary, your brushwork.
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