Art Composition: Golden Mean Point Perspective Linear & More

Learn how to master art composition with these articles covering the principles of art design. You’ll learn how to use the golden mean, work with linear perspective, two-point perspective, three-point perspective and atmospheric perspective; study the importance of the focal point; and learn art composition rules and view composition examples.

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Pastel Pointers | Compositional Intrigue

Producing a pleasing composition is often much harder to accomplish when painting en plein air versus painting in the studio from photographic material. Being surrounded by the vastness and complexity of a natural setting can provide a degree of intimidation as well as unlimited visual distractions, while the photograph is safe...

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Composition and Color | The Power of the Poster

A favorite saying of mind is,:“A good painting is not by accident but by design.” This statement implies that it is up to the artist to arrange the basic visual elements of the composition: shape, edge, value, and color to make a successful artistic statement. One way of working out these...

Robert K. Carsten | Representational Still Life Demo

Robert K. Carsten’s version of still life encompasses paper bags and bottle caps, where the emphasis is on the spent rather than the fresh, on the man-made rather than the natural. “When I first started this series, I didn’t think of these pictures as still lifes,” he says. “Only after I...

Jean Pederson’s Guide to Better Shapes

Jean Pederson knows how to keep perspective. In her study of perspective, the August 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist featured artist counts shape as an essential consideration, "To make your work memorable - whether it's realistic or abstract - you must first understand what shape is and then discover how...

Learn to Draw – 3 FREE Lessons with Sandra Angelo

Raise your hand and salute our troops…those who give up so much so to serve! Have you ever blubbered a heart wrenching “Goodbye” and then bubbled with excitement over a safe… “Welcome Home”? Today I’m honoring our soldier heroes by giving you a glimpse inside what they give up… kids, pets,...

Watercolor Artist Index | Years at a Glance

Who was the artist who painted with tea bags? What are some different tools for masking? How can you avoid making mud? Find all of your favorite articles and featured artists from the Watercolor Artist—and Watercolor Magic—archive with these handy downloadable indexes.

Pastel Journal Index | Years at a Glance

Who was that pastelist who paints en (extreme) plein air? What's the best way to judge your own values? Whether it's your favorite Pastel Pointers column or an artist's feature from years' past that you're after, you can track down the issue in which it was published with these handy downloadable...

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Pastel Pointers Blog | A Matter of Size, Part 1

In a society that tends to reward excess, it can be difficult to be an artist that works relatively small. Larger paintings are always priced higher in gallery settings and are frequently given more attention in exhibitions. This leads the public to believe they have more intrinsic value. While it is...

Anatomy of a Pastel Painting | A Gallery

In the June issue of The Pastel Journal, three pastel painters—William A. Schneider, Ron Monsma and Colleen K. Howe—shed light on their creative processes by deconstructing a favorite painting. Here are a few of the tips they share: Ron Monsma: “To achieve a wider color palette, I often place—in any given...

Composition and Design | Using Dominants

  Arranging visual elements into a successful composition is the foundation of any good painting. When a painting doesn’t seem to work, painters often add more detail, only to find that all the beautiful pastel application in the world doesn’t resolve the situation. Evaluating the elements of shape, value,and color through...