How To Solve Painting Problems
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- plan, prepare and complete landscape paintings
use essential painting techniques
approach various landscape subjects with confidence
- Solve typical and more advanced problems in landscape painting
- A set of oil or acrylic paints, brushes, pencils and sketch pad
- All materials required will be explained in detail
What Painting Problems? Transform your painting with important skills and tweaks. These tips and skills will save you plenty of time and frustration.
Every subject we choose to paint offers certain challenges or problems to solve. This course will look at common problems and how I go about solving them so that you can take your oil painting to new levels.
This course builds on my previous course, Learn to Paint With Impact, by looking at specific problems faced by painters. I look at various landscape problems such as countryside, street scenes, seascapes, beaches and skies.
How to plan, prepare and complete a landscape painting that will leave you more confident for the next painting. All the skills you will learn can be taken forward to build up your painting ability and increase your enjoyment of painting.
- Anyone wanting to learn landscape painting
- In particular oil and acrylic mediums
This course consists of selected topics that pose common problems to beginner and even intermediate artists. However as we solve on problem we often learn other techniques that are helpful to solve other issues in our painting too. You can follow the course section by section or pick out sections that are relevant to you at the time.
All these topics have been part of my personal development as an artist and many other artists I teach. I hope that you will gain more knowledge that will help you in your art journey. Enjoy!
A quick overview of how I like to prepare before any major painting. As you develop as an artist you will develop your own habits. Sometimes good and others not so much. We all need to revisit at our preparation over time as it can make a big difference in the end result.
Although this course is not about all the technical issues of painting I thought it would be useful to include a refresher on composition. It is an important topic. This video is adapted from my course Learn To Paint With Impact. If you have seen it or are familiar with the basics of composition you can of course skip this lecture.
Most good landscape paintings fall within four distinct values: lightest light, darkest dark and two mid values. There are also four distinct mass shapes in such a landscape. If you can identify these masses and values at the start it makes it easier for you to develop and refine the painting. Your painting will also have a convincing appearance. This video explains this idea further.
In Part 1 we start to develop the mass shapes in oil paints. This video shows the sky and mountains. I am using smaller shapes, but still keeping them loose and suggestive rather than showing fine detail. A #6 bristle brush is a good size to use as it prevents me getting too fussy with the shapes. This is all about staying true to the idea of large shapes and distinct values.
In Part 2 we work in the darkest darks and foreground. I make the most of the value contrast between the dark treeline and the sunlit foreground. The color temperature between warm foreground and cooler darks ad interest and the illusion of depth to the painting. Most importantly shapes are still simple and strong.
In Part 3 I continue to develop the foreground. The edges, color temperature and textures are given attention. The essential value contrast between the trees and foreground is emphasised. See how four basic masses and values can produce a strong painting!
How to avoid flat and uninteresting painting surfaces? Use distinct brushstrokes and generous amounts of paint. This section is about getting texture and lively brushwork to enhance the painting surface. Painting in the impressionist tradition is not just about creating an illusion. It is also about using the paint to add texture and interest in its own right.
This is a fun demo to simply show you how brushwork can be used to put down distinct color notes. You will also see how a generous amount of paint can be used. Each brushstroke leave a distinct mark in hue and in texture. Try not to go over the mark a second time to avoid making a flat surface unless necessary to correct an error. Certain areas can be flatter such as shadows provided that that the sunlit portions are kept nice and thick with texture.