Articles Published by Michael
Using imagination and experimentation to develop a new technique. A suggested way to invent compositions by scratching drawings into semi-wet oil based underpaintings. The inclusion of colour and contrast by the application of transparent glazes. Understanding that, with patience and persistence, the development of a new style will evolve over time through the process of trial and error.
Painting colourful reflections and water birds at the mouth of an estuary-plein air. Using different techniques. Learning to paint quickly before the light changes and ignore the many distractions associated with painting outdoors. Becoming one with nature, as when the mind is still, concentration becomes focused.
Painting from photographs and taking pictures requires an understanding of composition. Positioning the subject correctly in the camera's view finder before taking the shot is essential. Personal touches in the form of artist licence should be included in a painting in order to add interest, differentiate it from the photographic reference and identify the artwork as your own.
A suggested way to overcome a mental block occasionally experienced by most artists. The use of imagination, instead of relying on the usual visual reference. Compositions and colour schemes can be invented in the studio by changing a style, taking risks and using creative thinking. It is possible that a new technique will be discovered and further developed with time and persistence
It was only yesterday I was at this beautiful beach admiring the view. There was no swell or wind. The sky was partly overcast and displayed hints of blue and yellow. The ocean was still and reflected the sky with great clarity. Today, however, conditions were very different as the sea was rough. Big waves were crashing onto rocks and huge amounts of water vapor were rising against the backdrop of dark cliffs.
Painting outdoors ''Plein Air'' can be a little daunting at first but once a routine is established, I consider this method the best practice for both beginners and experienced painters. The artist must paint quickly, be spontaneous and decisive with his brushstrokes as the natural light is ever changing. This forced discipline is a great way to improve as an artist as quick decisions must be made and rendered accordingly.
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