Hello, fellow bloggers and readers.
Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite things to do, paint! Because of schoolwork, it tends to be only a summertime or break time hobby for me, but is none-the-less something that I believe everyone can learn to do (especially during the age of technology where practically every imaginable resource is online).
One important thing about painting – that applies to any art – it is not necessarily about the final product, but enjoying the process it takes to get there. Below I will share my process to approaching a new painting.
- Brainstorming – Think of a subject matter, color scheme, content, or emotion that you would like artwork to display, e.g., still life, floral, landscape, surrealism, music, sad, blue-scale, animals, etc. What purpose do you want it to serve? E.g., cheerful, wall decor, room accent, holiday piece, portrait, etc. Who are you painting it for? Once you have some ideas, look at some artwork online to further get inspiration. Here’s a short list of some artist’s whose work I enjoy: Lachri, Leonid Afremov, Larry Preston, Zlatko Music
- Planning: Once you’re done brainstorming and you begin to have a clearer idea of what you want to paint, sketch it out on paper. It doesn’t have to be pretty or especially detailed, it just has to give you an idea of what it will look like. You may also wish to do a digital rendition of your idea by merging existing images together on photoshop. Here’s an example of what I mean when I say digital renditioning via Lachri’s artist vlog.
- Transfering: Now you have your idea, but you need to transfer it onto the canvas, (after priming it of course!). There are a few ways to do this. You can try to eyeball it, i.e., free hand it. You can use a projector to trace it onto the canvas. You can use wax tracing paper, or you can print and cut your own stencils using Exacto-knives. My prefered method is the projector.
- You’ve brainstormed, planned, previewed, and transferred. Now it is time paint! – Well, under-paint. Underpainting is when you choose a single color and use its value scale to establish the light and dark areas of your painting to create depth. I do not recommend this for all paintings, it is up to you. I prefer to do this when I am trying to accomplish a more realistic look. Recommended colors are greyscale, burnt sienna, and green scale, but you may use any color you wish.
- After the underpainting, if you’ve chosen to do so, paint to please your minds eye! Add color, detail, and whatever you see fit. Most of all, enjoy yourself!