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nolan

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on: July 10, 2010, 04:45:29 PM
Have you been painting the same scene over and over and just can't seem to get it right? Often we tend to loose sight of the basics and this causes us to make common mistakes which in turn causes headaches. This is when you need to get back to basics.

Here are some of the common basics, in no particular order :

    * When painting a landscape, the colours start dark in front, brightening to the focal point, then fading out to the background.

    * Don't put your focal point smack in the middle of the painting, (except some still life paintings), move it off centre and you will see the difference.

    * Your eye automatically focuses on the brightest part of the painting, so reserve the brightest brights for the focal point.

    * A colour only appears as bright as the colour(s) it is contrasting against - if you can't get the brightness you need for the focal point, darken your shadows.

    * Objects in the distance fade out - this is because you are looking through a 'thicker' amount of atmosphere and dust as the objects closer to you. This is called aerial perspective.

    * The farther away an object is from you the smaller it appears. This is called linear perspective.

    * When painting a still life or portrait, fade the detail out as you move farther away from the focal point. This is called vignetting

    * If you haven't guessed it by now, your painting must have a focal point. A focal point is something (a tree, the eyes etc.) that you want the viewer to focus on when they look at your painting. Everything else around it is merely to set the scene.

    * Your painting will never have any life in it until you have put in the shadows. To check this - start your next painting by putting in the shadows before the objects, stand back and see how alive it already looks !

    * ALWAYS remember where your light is coming from. It is amazing how many artists get this basic rule wrong. If your light source is on the left, then your highlights MUST be on the left.
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Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 07:51:32 AM
 :congrats: These mistakes have plagued :goofy: me for a long time and kept me from painting.  I am fighting :fight: back now that I am armed :guns: with a bit of knowledge :smart:.   I'll refer to these tips frequently along with the lessons I've learned.  Thanks for posting.
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Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 12:44:45 PM
 :urwelcome: don't be afraid to ask if you have any other questions, that is what we are here for O0


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Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 02:00:10 PM
I've really enjoyed the videos and course materials, very informative.  :smart: Now you have just popped in a few more pieces to the puzzle, how it all fits together. I often wondered why what I thought was my focal point didn't pop....your eyes just wandered about the picture without really seeing it.  The brightest brights...now that makes sense.  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 11:53:50 PM
and the darkest darks, remember you can't have bright lights without dark shadows


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Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 01:29:39 AM
Oh dear...there's that shadow thing again. I think I have a mental block against putting in shadows. In the past I never seemed to get the shape quite right or the size was out of whack. I shall try going back to some geometrics and practice some shading. Proof in point...when struggling, go back to basics! O0
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Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 07:19:06 AM
Here I was thinking being afraid of dark and shadows was just my childish paranoia.  :eek:  Well, I overcame it once, time to do it again.   ;)
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Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 11:15:56 AM
When painting en plein air (outdoors) I normally add in all the darks and shadows FIRST - sort of building up a semi-notan. You see, by doing this you are establishing the direction and source of the light (sun). This stops you from getting confused with how the shadows should be later on in the painting when the sun starts moving and the shadows start moving and...... :whistle:.

Never be afraid of the dark(s)  :heeha: They are your best friends that help you build up the contrasts necessary for a perfect painting.

"He was in such a hurry - he jumped on his horse - and  rode off in all directions!" Something for you to ponder on and think about!
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Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 12:14:27 PM
Oh Dennis, Dennis, Dennis...I can see if I had done that at the beginning, I wouldn't be in this predicament. As it is I'll just have to work my way through it. I think my trouble spot is as you described earlier, that the subject is quite low and I'm trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill as it were!  ;D Just need to get down to ground level.  ;)
Cheers, Val

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