A few studies – and videos. Painting Tips and Tricks

How to get your painting to show the focal point you want – or how to deal with competing focal points.

Here is a small, 6×6 painting of a couple roses:

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In order to make the front rose into the focal point (actually, if you look at the back roses, they aren’t even roses, just some brush strokes!) I deliberately darkened and muted every single mixture I used for my back roses.  The front is brighter, higher saturation, and more detailed, which is why your eye naturally sees it as the focal point.  Always keep this in mind when you’re having trouble with a busy painting.  I also have the entire process of this painting published on youtube at Los Angeles Academy of Art‘s feed:

These videos show the full, uncut process of how I mix my paints, and how I put them on the canvas in the most easy way possible.  All done on my Edge Pro Gear Paintbook which I adore.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

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Still Life Session – But only One hour!

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This is a rather large painting for me, and I only had an hour to work on it.  I was happy to be invited to my friend’s house for a still life painting session – only to find she had also invited some incredible, well known artists from China!  What an awesome opportunity!  Here is all I finished, I was on a time limit but next time I will have more time to work.  I loved the antique, asymmetrical three legged bowl and the copper vase the most (as you can see, most of the work went there.)

The drawbacks of having so little time – I didn’t get a chance to move this into the style I wanted, I had to focus on putting as much information in as short amount of time as possible.  There’s always next time!

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