Use Values To Create Strong Compositions

Values or tones are the relative lightness and darkness of colors with the color removed. It has nothing to do with color. [...]

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Abstracts, Are There Rules?

I've got a pet peeve about abstracts! Abstracts are not just a feeling or paint thrown on a canvas. Some of you may [...]

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How to Clearly Define Your Focal Points

First published on ezine on May 23, 2011 Are Your Focal Points Clearly Defined? A first, quick glance at your painting is important. [...]

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How to Know When You Have a Good Composition

A reader asked me recently, "How do I know when I have a good painting composition? This question took some pondering. Here [...]

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Sunset Painting Progression – the Beginning

How to Paint a Sunset I've used my imagination in the sunset painting - I'm creating from my imagination, as is the usual [...]

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What are Elements and Principles in Art?

Composition Elements and the Principles of Design are the building blocks of art. Principles of design are the organization of elements to give [...]

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Line – An Element in Painting

Line An identifiable path of a point moving in space. A line is one-dimensional and can vary in direction, width and length. Lines often [...]

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Blocking-In – Preparation First

Blocking-in a Painting Another topic which was requested by several people is blocking-in a painting. I'm covering the block-in in this post, then [...]

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Compositional Element of Direction

Composition Element Direction Direction is a powerful tool that can be used in composing your paintings. There are four directions that can be [...]

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The Compositional Element of Value

Composition Element Value The lightness or darkness of a color or grays, white being the lightest, black the darkest. Sometimes referred to as [...]

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