These techniques are your painting tools. Without
tools you cannot paint to your potential. As mentioned elsewhere on
this site, advanced techniques are so rarely taught. Poor technique is
guaranteed to give you frustration and threatens to stop you painting
altogether. If you are struggling on you will be well aware of this,
and the wastage of time and money. Thankfully, you've found us and we
can assist you.
Learning advanced technique is easy, and practising
them with your painting is exhilarating and rewarding. You can make a
dramatic change to your painting immediately, and yet you'll still be
excited about what you can paint in two decades' time, because learning
advanced technique opens us to our higher imagination as well, bit by
bit, with each painting we accomplish. The more we do, the more we see
or envision, so we do more.. and envision more! Each step of the way
the techniques have enabled us to do and see.
Please note: The
explanations on this site are introductory only. We have taken many
months and into years to produce highly detailed comprehensive DVD
packages for which teach you the techniques.
Please note: One thing we
should make clear is that these techniques can be combined any way you
want. It's the combination of them which helps define your style. You
may not like to use one or another of these techniques. You may
construct a painting entirely with glazes, for instance, or with the
impasto (using thick paint) techniques. At least by knowing them, you
know you can use a particular technique at any time should you wish to.
Thick & Thin Paint
The physical qualities of oil paint are crucial to
understanding advanced technique. Paint can be applied thinly or
thickly. The difference is profound. Paint is thinned by the use of
medium. We teach you how to make medium in the Fine Art Techniques DVD
Triple Pack, which will save you money, as you will use a lot of it in
your painting. Paint can also be applied anywhere in between thick and
thin, by the use of medium.
Types of Techniques
As the name implies, Day One Techniques are used on the
first day of painting, when paint goes directly onto the canvas. We set
this day apart because it helps us understand how to create with
power. Understanding Day One Techniques helps us to assert our creative
energy onto a canvas. After Day One we can lift it into a realm where we can enjoy the
full flight of painting and creating, going on to mould the image and
finally, when it's done, all that powerful energy is held there for
centuries. Viewers are affected by this energy. Buyers, particularly,
are atuned to it.
These techniques empower the canvas with your creative
energy. They're strong, bold, assertive techniques. Empowering
techniques are used on Day One, but can be used at any time throughout
the painting process. These techniques can change the direction or
colour or mood - and anything else - of a painting.
Refining techniques refine the paint that is already
there. Empowering techniques often leave a raw effect to the eye, so we
use refining techniques to adjust the paint and make it appear more the
way we want. These techniques don't really add to the creative energy
that's there, but they make that energy and appearance easier for
viewers to take in.
As you'll see, some techniques can perform either the
Empowering or Refining function - this usually depends on the amount of
paint or medium used.
Transparent & Opaque Paint
This relates again to the physical qualities of oil
paint. We are blessed today by having a fabulous array of oil paint to
choose from - though you don't need very much at all to create amazing
paintings. What you do need to understand and enjoy is the difference
between transparent and opaque paint. For paint manufacturers this
usually also means a change in the colour, so we talk about transparent
and opaque colours. You can see through transparent colors, but not
Transparency can be obtained in varying degrees by the
use of medium - even with opaque colors. We use this varying
transparent qualities to create amazing effects. Briefly, the way this
advances your painting is through a process whereby the light which
lands upon your painting actually enters the paint surface, through the
different layers, finally reflecting off a foundation you've created,
and as it bounces back out it picks up all the different colors and
effects that you made. This sounds awesome and it is - but it's not
hard to do. By learning the techniques correctly this will happen
naturally with your work. The result is a painting which looks as
though it is lit from within. It is extremely vibrant and alive, and of
course you can use this effect to create not only amazing detail, but
also the capturing light itself - that's top shelf art creation.
Number Two Medium
Rembrandt used something very similar to this in his
day. It's your stable, ever-present medium for use with Fine Art
Techniques. Basically, this alters the physical qualities of your oil
paint. The changes you make to the paint enable you to apply the paint
differently, and the altered paint throws up very different effects.
You'll come to love your Number Two Medium.
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