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Old 05-03-2017, 11:14 PM
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How to choose the best background for your painting?

Hi,every.
I was in trouble recently. I really want to create a painting by myself, and I tried many times to complete a good painting. Itís hard to for me to imagine, which I still can't draw it out after a few months. Someone told me that painting from the imagination is, as has been said, painting from memory. I know how to layout my picture When i copy othersí painting. However, I want to create a picture by myself, and the result is bad usually. Maybe I copy too much and lose the ability to create? I am not clear, what should I do to improve the situation?
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:31 AM
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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

what kind of story do you want to tell with your painting?

what content ... subject ... characters ... where are they ... what are they doing ... where are they going ... what's their reason for being

figure that out so we at least have a basic starting point to help you with because without a plan you're kind of lost right from the start

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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

Maybe copy something part of the way or just a small part of it, then just change a few things - to make it your own.

Find a simple scene, or photo, or something near your home to paint, sketch it out first a few times to see how it looks composition wise..

What style & subject are you wanting to paint? flowers, landscape, seascape, abstract, realistic, impressionistic etc?
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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

Are you painting to simply replicate what your eyes see? Or are you painting to tell a story which is yours alone?

Do your "heavy lifting"--thinking about and resolving your intent for each painting--before picking up a brush.

A sketch book is a great tool to explore intent and various options for design, composition and value structure.

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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

Eh, I'm urge to complete a painting, which forget to thinking without theme, and neglect the drawing is a process of creation. Thank you for you your comments!
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Old 05-05-2017, 03:56 AM
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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

Thank you very much, I think what I want to present is the scene of seaside sunset, I'll try to draw it out.
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:00 AM
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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

I think I already know what yo want to convey, I'm still trying, but the day is coming soon.
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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

seaside sunset, nice

something to know and always remember about waterscapes - distant water is ALWAYS FLAT and level. and generally soft edged, not harsh or sharp.

also recommended - put the horizon above or below centre, not on centre.

keep your colors simple to start with - yellow/red/white, for example, can give you a very nice range of values with yellows, oranges, pinks, reds.

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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

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Hi,every.
I was in trouble recently. I really want to create a painting by myself, and I tried many times to complete a good painting. Itís hard to for me to imagine, which I still can't draw it out after a few months. Someone told me that painting from the imagination is, as has been said, painting from memory. I know how to layout my picture When i copy othersí painting. However, I want to create a picture by myself, and the result is bad usually. Maybe I copy too much and lose the ability to create? I am not clear, what should I do to improve the situation?
Have a nice day!

put the brush aside. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil.. Now SKETCH! Make small frames in the paper on the proportion your canvas will be. and make rough sketches. Many.. MANY of them.


You will develop it! These things come from hard work not from some magical place. Most great works were sketched a dozen times before the decision was taken on its final layout.
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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

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Hi,every.
I was in trouble recently. I really want to create a painting by myself, and I tried many times to complete a good painting. Itís hard to for me to imagine, which I still can't draw it out after a few months. Someone told me that painting from the imagination is, as has been said, painting from memory. I know how to layout my picture When i copy othersí painting. However, I want to create a picture by myself, and the result is bad usually. Maybe I copy too much and lose the ability to create? I am not clear, what should I do to improve the situation?
Have a nice day!


Why are they bad? What in your opinion is making them bad?
Do you feel that you really aren't able to create your own picture?

Start small with your own idea, like a cup on a 6x8 or similar size. Just a cup on the table. You can use a cup as a model.

If it turns out bad, really dissect it to figure out what is bad about it. And dissect again to see what is good, only this time you can't make any negative remarks.

Do a pro/con list/essay on all your paintings even the ones you copy.

I can't copy something to save my life. it has to be real life or imagination.

Remember you may not like it, but there are probably a good million people in this world that would love it.

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Re: How to choose the best background for your painting?

Try typical two point perspective first, You can always augment the style, and add imagination within the framework. Works for me! Sort of.
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