Painting Made Easy For Every Juan (Part 1)

SaigonDeManila By SaigonDeManila, 12th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A tutorial painting in oil medium, design for beginners and intermediate learners.

An Oil Painting Basic Tutorial

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks."

Like bubbles painting gushes from everything we see, feel and imagine. Let me share how to to create art in the medium of painting. I am not asking you to try paint like me, I want to help you to find YOUR WAY to paint so consider the following a crush course and painting 101.

The First Step...

For technical brevity we will try to skip on this post the critical elements such as: Composition; Color; Value; Texture; Edges all will be tackled however in the series of post IF the crowd asked for it . Instead, lets go to an inspiration as subject. Get or look for something around you, be it your pets, an object around you etc. Here I went out my balcony and viola I saw the neighborhood roofs (see reference images in this article in clockwise orientation) Because light, space and comfort is necessary for you. Now and then a particular subject will suggest a powerful mood. Before you begin try to do some SKETCH or light drawing as pattern of your work in the canvas to direct you on the sizes and perspective. Study the color, remember time is running on real time, the color in the morning is not the same in the afternoon.

The Next Step:

Start on BLOCKING THE COLOR. This is one of the basic step in painting. To achieve an efficient good composition and unity in your painting is to initially start the large areas into a background color manipulate later. Here in my oil painting, I block areas with paint that has been thinned with an oil medium that contains mostly solvent. In water color (my preferred medium) it has quite different principle. Begin on the background. Block in the entire surface, including the "background" (here it is the sky) and negative areas. Imagine a negative (block n white) film and you only see the light color as white and dark colored areas as black(dark gray).


PAINT SOFTLY- Now that the overall color plan is completed in your canvass, the next layers of paint, which might include blending or dabbing can be started. Working from thin to thick, generally, is the best approach. Other painters do a lot of blending. This is achieved by applying patches or dabs of paint over an area before they begin blending in the paint. For finer details use smaller brushes to further refine the roofs and trees. To help convey an atmospheric effect, soften the edges where the tree interfaces with the surrounding background. Work a little of the warmer house colors into the background use a large brush as a foundation for clouds that you will paint later.

(to be continued)

-Saigon De Manila©


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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Jan 2015 (#)

Great article. Thanks for sharing. Smiles today!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
14th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for appreciating..enjoy the weekend and start painting! Part two will be published tomorrow and it's easier!

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author avatar Eno Jubril
17th Feb 2015 (#)

You presented it as easy as cooking an egg omelet..but still need skillful procedure to avoid ruining an expensive endeavour.

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