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Painting Tips, Seasonal Catch-up with Painting Holiday Tips
December 27, 2008
Hello

Well as the year draws to a close it felt a good idea to take a peek back. It seems to help clear the path forward somehow. So with that in mind I put together all the tips over the past year. Maybe reading through them again will remind you of a problem solved or some special painting moment or better still will make something clearer for you in the future.
Enjoy the tips and carry on enjoying your painting into 2009

PAINTING TIP NO.01
"Limit your palette and keep brush strokes simple to bring vigour and freshness"
Valerie Batchelor in A&I May 2004
PAINTING TIP NO.01b
Keep it simple like the San people did..
PAINTING TIP NO.02
Landscape painting is generally divided into a simple
• one third for sky,
• one third middle distance and
• one third foreground
PAINTING TIP NO.02b
If you want a more pleasing photo shot, you will rarely have your subject in the center of your photo. Using the ‘Rule of Thirds,‘ your subject should be on the left or right side of the photo, not the middle.
Courtesy of www.digital-photo-secrets.com

PAINTING TIP NO.03
Never give up drawing as long as you truly enjoy it as a hobby. If your drawing didn't turn out brill don't get despondent just keep practicing until your hand drops off! AND remember - One persons meat is another man's poison - Look at Picasso's diverse art, Do we all like ALL of his stuff? I don't think so!
PAINTING TIP NO.04
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to; the feeling for the things themselves - for reality - is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Vincent van Gogh
PAINTING TIP NO.05
Always mix a sufficient quantity of paint for the task in hand. You will be surprised how much paint is needed to cover an area and trying to remix a colour halfway through will only result in disappointment. You will never match the colour exactly and it will be of a slightly different consistency which will result in a watermark.
Ian Sidaway A&I Feb 2006
PAINTING TIP NO.06
Working with watercolour Try to avoid painting with your paper lying flat on a table. Rather tilt your paper about 25 degrees. This prevents the paint from making puddles when the paper is flat, and prevents wet paint from running down the paper when the paper is vertical. Unless, of course, you want this to happen!
Sue Dickinson 2008
PAINTING TIP NO.07
Draw as often as you can
Andrew James A&I March 2006
PAINTING TIP NO.08
Start and finish your work with the largest brushes possible
Andrew James A&I March 2008
PAINTING TIP NO.09
Never give up on a painting. Quite often the desperation caused by an unsolvable problem forces you to paint in a new way.
Andrew James A&I March 2008
PAINTING TIP NO.10
The knowledge of what to leave out is almost as important as that of knowing what to include: Be selective.
PAINTING TIP NO.11
When using your camera to compose a painting use the viewfinder as you would use a cardboard viewfinder. Not to record everything you see but to focus on the important detail

All that's left now is for me to wish you a very happy time with your friends and families during the holidays and to remind you about our special gift to you, should you choose to accept. The first 100 people to book a 2009 South African Painting Holiday will be given an added 10% discount.

Click here if you wish to accept your
Special 2009 Painting Holiday Gift

And finally todays tip:

PAINTING TIP NO.12

When placing people in a painting;
• All heads are at eye level
• The tops of doors and roof lines go down to eye level and
• The bottoms of doors and pavements go up to eye level.

See you in the New Year!


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