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Painting and Drawing Principles and Techniques

Painting and Drawing Principles and Techniques

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Published by Harish Bhavsar

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Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: Harish Bhavsar on Jul 20, 2011
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Basic painting and drawing principles and techniques from the Renaissanceto the presentby John Hagan
1. aerial perspective -6 lessons
2. color - 2 lessons
3. looking harder - 3 lessons
4. light and shade - 4 lessons
5. drawing texture design-6 lessons
6. analysis -5 lessons
7. practical application -31 lessons
8. personal paintings used here
press [here] for giclee printsadvanced art lessons Send a short messagewith the phrase "please e-mail" if you'd like to read news of new free art lessons, newpaintings(no more often than monthly) ©
All artork is by John Hagan unless attributed or known pre- 20thcentury masterpieces!
A full view of all paintings available as prints can be seen by pressinghere.
An apprentice painter might learn how to hold a brush, mix colors or how to use a palette knife, but it mattersnothing if the same person does not learn how to 'look' at things, and to look with the eye of someone whowants to explain the world in terms of paint. After many years of learning to 'look' we come to understandthe nature of things and how they relate to each other.This first lesson is an entertaining introduction to give you some idea of what I mean by 'looking'. Don't betoo worried if the world I now introduce seems alien at first, because as you progress with the lessons, youwill begin to understand that the real joy of painting is not so much occupying your hands, as trulyunderstanding the laws, the lights and shades, and the memories of all the things around you.OK, I think I remember what a pearl looks like. Ah, its been so long between pearls. I will try to constructone from memory, first principles and logic.To begin, let us imagine the largest pearl in the world sits on a red table in a room with a blue ceiling. I amthe viewer and I view the perl from the front while behind me is a window. Outside it is a fine bright sunnyday.Now if the pearl was someone elses 'eye' we must imagine
what it would see!!
.It would see me, basic and a little crude - but that dosen't matter at this stage?The window in the same condition.
 Together ...Add a blue ceiling, some walls and a red table (this is roughly what the pearl would see if it could see). Nextwe squeeze it into a round shape (with a computer this is easy, in a painting you would work backward.) I ama little disappointed at this stage as it looks rather raw and nothing like a pearl. But, staring failure in the eye,we must proceed (forever faithful to our logic).So lets us rid ourselves of the black edges. Then, since a pearl is not a perfect mirror, I will blur everything ...

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