I'll try to run through the points our tutor explored yesterday at the workshop.
Construction of a Painting
Through all of these points he emphasised variety
Point and Line
Paintings and sketches are made up with points and lines.
dabs and strokes of your brush.
Don't use the same fine lines, always vary the width, strength , angle , make jagged , etc.
Shape and Space
When composing your painting , vary the shapes and sizes also paying attention to the negative spaces, they are just as important.
Most important to use the full range of tonal values to make your subject pop. The tutor said a common fault was for artists to only use the values around the mid point. This results in a dull lifeless painting.
I have converted the colour image to greyscale so that the tonal values are easier to see.
I have increased the contrast using my image editor to show the difference when all vaues are used from dark to light.
Tone creates form , gradual shading of an object gives it form , shows its roundness .
Varied textures add interest, dry brush, stippling, splatter, sponge , etc. technique varies with medium used.
Careful choice of colours, shadows always contain colour, unite the colours by repeating them around the painting.
Put energy into your painting with your brush strokes.
Observe and sketch your still life objects from different angles, from the front, side, above, looking up. Sketch each one.
When you have finished your sketches, sometimes zooming in closer, ( cropping the image) will improve the painting.
To add texture to your sketching, place a rough surface under your paper before shading in.
It can be quite effective.
These are not hard and fast rules, but things to think of as we construct our painting.
1. Dry drawing, make several thumbnail sketches of your subject using a pencil, biro, marker . Draw in and shade all the tonal values. Place an arrow at the side of each sketch showing the light source and direction
2. Wet drawing , make a wet sketch using paint, or mixed media
Experiment with colours and strengths to get the correct tonal values.
3. Pick out your favorite composition .
Finished work, paint the full size picture using sketches as a guide.
Hope this helps, Main point is variety, make your paintings interesting and with strength so they are visually exciting,