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Old 09-29-2017, 07:55 AM
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Virtual Art Academy Tips & Techniques

Short lessons and videos to help you improve your painting skills.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:45 AM
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When you have an imprimatura on your canvas before you start to paint, it helps you judge values better, and it can also provide a base for optical color mixing effects. Read more information on how to do it in my free lesson:
https://www.virtualartacademy.com/oi...es-imprimatura
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:35 PM
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I painted “Sunset over Sand City” in the industrial district on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It is based on a strong notan composition that I created at the beginning of the plein air painting process. It takes about five minutes to produce a good notan composition, saving canvas, paint, and hours if the composition does not work.
Read more information on how to do it in my free lesson: https://www.virtualartacademy.com/oi...ructured-notan
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:00 PM
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Sometimes you arrive at a scene and just cannot find a good composition. What do you do? Just carry on regardless?


Here is a suggestion. Instead of starting on a painting you know is going to fail, why not turn it into a learning experience? For example, you could:


Try to capture they main colors of just a part of the scene in front of your as accurately as possible (as I did here in La Spezia harbor in Italy). A kind of color map or a color study.


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Old 09-11-2019, 10:38 AM
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There are several ways to emphasize the focal point or focal area in your painting. This key discovery shows you how to use contrast of temperature to focus the eye. In this painting the flower head, which is the focal point of the painting, is painted in warm colors; reds and oranges. This contrasts against the cool blue grays on the background.

For more information on contrast of temperature, see my post: https://www.virtualartacademy.com/co...f-temperature/
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:30 AM
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I don’t often do still life paintings, but I thought I’d do one using some techniques I’ve been experimenting with recently using a multi-colored imprimatura.

These flowers were placed on an outside bench at an artist friend’s house. Although they were not very strong in color, they had a lot of different textures and subtle color changes. To start with I thought of adding some more colorful roses, but then I began to think maybe I could make something out of this by playing around with the light in the background and the more saturated greens of some of the leaves in the arrangement. The morning light striking a wall behind the bench gave a beautiful light pattern to contrast with the texture of the flowers and provide some interesting shapes for the background.
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