Art Painting For Beginners
People have been expressing themselves through
painting for thousands of years. Even the cavemen showed great hunts or other
events with paints made from berries and plants.
There just seems to be an innate need to show others
our thoughts, feelings, and ideas through pictures. The phrase “ A picture is
worth a thousand words” is so very true.
With colors and design you can express every emotion
you feel. Whether it is a woman in a garden waiting for her lover or an old
barn set in a field of wild flowers, the subject bring memories and feelings to the fore front of the viewer's
mind. All of this being accomplished on a blank canvas with
There are some basics the
beginning artist should know.
Although you may have been sketching and drawing for years, the first time you pick up a brush it will seem
foreign to you. This is fine. You will become very familiar with each of the brushes and the strokes they can
make. They will soon be as comfortable in your hand as the charcoal pencil you use on the sketch
Paints can add style and creativity to an art piece.
A single tear drop on the face can take on a totally new dimension by adding color. Paints allow you to do this
with ease. The types of paint you use will also allow you to be more creative.
Many artists use the oil paints for extend projects.
The oils do not dry as quickly and can be rejuvenated with a little turpentine or mineral spirits. This allows the
artist to continue the project another day.
The brushes you use with an oil painting must be
cleaned extremely well. If you allow them to sit in the cleaning solution they can loose their shape. This means
you may not be able to use certain brushes to achieve a particular brush stroke.
When the artist uses acrylic paints, the dry time is
extremely fast. Many times, a project which is being done in half an hour or so will be done with acrylic paints
because of the ease of use. Clean up with soap and water is a quick task. The brushes wash up quickly and cleanly.
Allowing them to dry either on a flat surface or standing with bristles up will keep their original
The best thing to do when first
beginning canvas painting is to experiment. Try using oils. Become familiar with
acrylics. You will eventually choose which medium you prefer to work with. By playing with each, you can
determine how oil paints mix, get a feel for how they
flow onto the canvas, and become familiar with blending. These are all important for the novice artist to
Another factor is the type of canvas you will want to
use. There are stretch canvases, rolled canvas, canvas boards, and canvas mats. Each one can be used for different
styles, artwork, and even paints. Which one you use will be determined by which one you feel more comfortable
The information can become overwhelming when you
start painting on canvas. Getting to know the terminology will help clear some things up a little bit. Here are
some terms we will be using in this book.
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Abstract – abstract art depicts the subject by using form and color. You may see a resemblance to the
original piece. However, the subject is generally represented in more geometric shapes than the natural
Above are two forms of abstract
Accent – Giving exceptional detail to a certain object in the painting to bring attention to
A good example of
Acrylic – A type of paint which dries quickly. It can easily be cleaned up with mineral
Alla Prima – Meaning “at the first” in Italian, this phrase means the painting is completed with just one
colors – Colors associated with the cold such as
– Any full spectrum circular diagram which represents the relationships of
This allows the colors to be compared
Composition – The arrangement of the
elements in an art piece.
Medium – The type of pain being used to create a work of art. It can also mean the binder, usually an
Palette – The painter's board where colors can be mixed and and different hues can be
A before and after
– Being able to reproduce the same height, depth, and distance perception in a
two dimensional medium that the human eye would perceive.
This photograph is a good
representation of perspective.
– The colored substance created by natural elements and synthetic ones which are
mixed with certain binders to create paints.
– A color which can not be created by mixing other colors. The only three
primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. With these three all other colors can be created. (White is not a
color. It is the absence of color. Black is the combination of all colors.)
– Any color which can be created from mixing the primary colors, such as
violet, green, and orange.
– Hues which represent warmth such as orange, red, yellow.
Now that you know some of the language, let's step
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