Stories & tips from the artist

27 04, 2018

Tips for painting portraits

2019-06-14T16:48:35+00:00

If you want a perfect likeness place the subject in strong cross lighting, set the mood and then take a few photographs. The camera is our most  useful tool. It doesn't need to be an expensive camera. Select the one you want then put it on your computer. A sheet of A4 takes a little more than a full portrait face. Print it out. Place a piece of transfer  paper (from the art shop)on the canvas or make your own by crushing willow stick and rubbing it on the back of the photo. Then trace the image with a ballpoint pen pressing firmly. (Make sure the photo doesn't [...]

Tips for painting portraits 2019-06-14T16:48:35+00:00
14 04, 2018

Tips for painting landscapes

2018-04-27T14:30:02+00:00

Don't paint small landscapes. 90 x 120 is best. Square up the canvas, 4 across and 4 down. Then square up a piece of plastic or glass of the same relative dimensions but small of course so you can fix it to your easel. (the Old Masters made a small wood frame and stretched string across.) Look through the frame and draw what you see in the squared frame square by square onto the canvas in the same squares. The frame must be the same distance from your eye each time. Put a knot in a piece of string and put it in your mouth fastening the [...]

Tips for painting landscapes 2018-04-27T14:30:02+00:00