Landscape artists are truly blessed. Their subject matter is inspiring, their studios are some of the most beautiful natural wonders around the world, and they take as their ultimate goal that of painting light. What could be more inspiring? But landscape art is not easy, though enjoyable. A landscape artist at the top of their game has learned how to paint landscapes through much rigorous study—choosing compositions that give a sense of place as well as capturing changing weather patterns and ephemeral light. But a finished landscape oil painting—when done well—has the power to almost transport its viewer, and that is why a landscape artist will always continue to create paintings of landscapes. Continue reading
Mastering color in the painting is often a matter of combining a willingness to experiment with mixing colors as well as understanding the color wheel and color theory. Most artists develop their own color mixing chart—or several—and work on recognizing color relationships (primary, secondary, tertiary; complementary colors; warm vs. cool colors) and how colors vary in tone and intensity. Colors are one of the most expressive aspects of painting, as well as one of the most subjective.
Painting is a skill that many of us would like to have, but few ever master, let alone try out. But why not? It’s a wonderful skill to have, it improves and complements other creative abilities you may already have learned, and there’s no need to be intimidated by it when it’s broken down into easy steps the way that our free painting lessons do.
The first step of beginner painting is determining what kind of paint is best for your work. Sometimes, it’s a matter of cost: what do you already have on hand? Watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels are the most common media, and all require different kinds of surfaces. Any of them are good, to begin with, especially if you already have beginner drawing under your belt. Continue reading
Art and business combine to affect all artists differently. For those who like to sell their art, it is important to have a good understanding of the art world and the ways of art business at galleries, auctions, and museums come into play. But marketing art has become something artists can and do pursue individually, selling art online and creating websites that are essentially online galleries. No matter how an artist chooses to pursue selling paintings or drawings, it is vital to present oneself professionally, photograph artwork that accurately represents the work, and maintains organized inventories and records of one’s output.