In May, I had the pleasure of teaching the Advancing Your Skills class at the SDP convention. One topic presented in the class addressed the attributes of color. All colors have three attributes: value, intensity, and temperature. These attributes are as important to consider as the color itself.
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. [...]
Some time ago, a question was posted on Facebook about waxing painted pieces. Waxing with a fine quality paste wax after varnish is dry will not only add a rich luster to your painted piece, it will add durability. Any piece you’ve painted that will be used in the kitchen or bathroom should have a good coat of wax to [...]
Details and water drops
Attention to good detail is important whether you are painting realistic floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, sharp focus still life, landscapes, animals or portraits of people . The glint of light in an eye or on a water drop, pollen on a pistol, tiny stamens in a flower center or bug [...]
Artist’s block? At times I stare at the blank white drawing pad and I feel I don’t have a new design or painting idea left in me. Other times, the object of my staring is the computer screen and I don’t know what to blog about…writer’s block. I’ve learned that staring doesn’t get me anywhere. [...]
What Is Value to an artist?
Value is a word that we may not normally think of in the context of creating art, but it is one of the most important concepts for painters to grasp. According to Merriam-Webster the word value means The relative lightness or darkness of a color. It means the relationship [...]
Painting with Gray Tones
Grisaille is a French word (pronounced gris-eye). It is the term for a painting that is carried out with black, white and values of gray. The grisaille technique is one where the artist first creates a monochromatic underpainting (usually gray tones to create form) over which color is applied when it [...]