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Oil Painting QnA

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  • Oil Painting QnA

    • oil acrylic painting questions and answers

      In this two-hour presentation, master artist Nolan Clark answers many of the questions artists have posed about working in either oil or acrylic.  Their queries cover a wide range of topics that should be of interest to all artists, whether beginners or seasoned painters.

      Question 1 –  Acrylic paint lifting off the canvas
      There are several reasons why acrylic paint may lift.  Using an old canvas, Nolan illustrates a particular instance where the paint can be lifted off the canvas.  

      Question 2  – Using white to create highlights
      Using a color wheel, Nolan explains in brief how using the color wheel simplifies the mystery of mixing colors to create highlights.

      Question 3 – How to highlight red correctly
      Working with red presents unique challenges, creating a balancing act between painting a red that is too orange or one that is too pink.  Nolan uses a painting of bright red tomatoes to illustrate.

      Question 4 – How to get sharp edges
      Nolan uses an acrylic painting of a tulip to point out how a sharp edge can be achieved.

      Question 5 – How to blend using acrylics
      Because acrylic paint dries quickly, it takes a special technique to do blending properly.   Nolan demonstrates the blending process while painting a tulip in acrylics.  

      Question 6 – Mixing brown skin tones
      Painting realistic skin tones is indeed challenging.  Nolan uses three different brown skin tones to illustrate the color mixing process.   

      Question 7 – How to make an abstract background   
      Nolan shows different types of abstracted backgrounds and explains how the looks were achieved.

      Question 8 – When to use Naples Yellow or Raw Umber  
      Nolan answers a question about the perception that using raw umber might “muddy” a painting.  He debunks that idea by demonstrating how proper use of raw umber or Naples yellow can actually enhance the painting.

      Question 9 – Understanding Cloud Perspective
      All clouds are not created equal.   Using the wrong clouds in your painting can ruin the atmosphere of your painting. Nolan shows examples of different types of cloudy skies.

      Question 10 – Spotting colors within a color
      Nolan demonstrates the use of the Color Buster in identifying the tones of different colors.

      Question 11 - Cool versus Warm Colors
      Nolan explains how to use the Color Wheel to determine just how to make a cool color like blue into a more warm or cooler hue.

      Question 12.  Is oil paint toxic?
      Nolan gives some simple tips for recognizing which paints are toxic and how to handle them safely.

      Question 13 – How to clean a painting
      Using a dusty old painting, Nolan demonstrates how to clean an oil painting inexpensively and with ease.

      Question 14 - How to visualize the shadings
      If you have had problems determining proper placement of shadows and highlights, this section will be of immense help.  Nolan's tips make it “easy peasy.”

      Question 15 – How to store oil or acrylic paintings
      Nolan shows how to make simple drying racks for use in drying and storing paintings.

      Question 16  - Correct shadow colors
      Nolan shares a very important tip for getting the correct color of shadow on each object that the shadow touches.

      BONUS – A link to an article on paint safety from Princeton University is included with this lesson.  While there are health hazards associated with painting and drawing, you can minimize risk by knowing how to safely choose and use art materials.

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