Lists Are Great Things for Artists
Sometimes I get list fever, and today 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!
But 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.
So here is yet another list, this time of eight essential art painting tips gleaned from artist William Cather Hook, whose landscapes are some of the most well-favored in contemporary art.
1. Sketch carefully and solve compositional problems first so that when you are painting, no drawing issues crop up.
2. Paint the middle ground first when learning how to paint. From there you can better assess where your center of focus should be.
3. Resist 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.
4. Use a big brush so that you can’t obsess and niggle with unnecessary details.
5. Consistency in your treatment of the light source is key to creating a convincing painting.
6. Paint negative space late in the process and use this time to define and alter previous brushstrokes.
7. Triangulate spot colors in a painting; that is, place a high-chroma accent color in three places to create a sense of balance.
8. Simplify, but also vary, your brushwork.
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