Tips & Tricks

Strive to make all your works of art original – they must be all your very own.

Elements & Concepts

RYTHM: creates rhythm.

NUANCE: create it with colours, dark to light.

TEXTURE: create visual texture with delicate, fine lines and specks.

DEPTH: create natural depth with overlapping.

Enjoy your work and keep trying something new. Relish the fun and surprises. Experiment – it’s the best way to get to know every medium you work with.

Cleaning

Oil-based mediums have to be cleaned with turps. Thinners is also a possibility, but don’t leave brushes in this for too long because it damages the bristles. Then wash well with soap and water.

Frustration often sets in when the painting in front of you simply refuses to look like the picture in your head. Don’t become despondent. A work of art sometimes assumes a character of its own which is really wonderful. Go with your painting wherever it leads you, and you’ll never feel frustrated by your art. Along the way you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised as doors are opened to many new ideas.

Why am I never satisfied with my own work?

 

Because the more I learn the higher my expectations of myself become. And that is how we grow in art.

Avoid using too many contrasting colours in a landscape. They tend to clash, causing distress. Rather stick to families of colour, i.e. colours next to each other on the colour wheel. These are called analogous colours. That means they are secondary and tertiary colours that sits next to each other. By all means do introduce a surprise colour as an exciting new element.

Strive to do the best you can, in the best way you can, but do not whip yourself.

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