TUTORIALS/DEMOS

Welcome to my tutorial page.  These are my initial tutorials and they are rough but there is something to learn.  They will get better.  It is my goal to make you a better artist and to help you through the problems you may encounter.  These are lessons that I am presenting to my Homeschool Art classes.



Perspective/Point of View

This tutorial is about the perspective or point of view of the artist.  What are they looking at where are they, what do they want the viewer to look at.  There is a process to all art.  It is not a matter of just throwing paint on a canvas.  An artist creates a product.  For centuries art has been a trade not much unlike a carpenter or a tailor.  This tutorial will guide you to creating a work of art and help you with the process.


Landscape Painting Part 1.

This demo is about painting a landscape.  We are using only three colors and two shades in acrylic.  The colors are yellow, red, blue, black and white.  We are painting on toned cardstock.  We start by laying in the darks and painting the entire surface.  You can create all colors commercially available using the above colors.  This is a difficult process but if you can understand and master this just think of what you can do with a full palette.

Landscape Painting Part 2

This is round two.  The initial paint layers have set up or dried and I will start to build up the layers of paint.  I do not paint large masses of simple colors but build up layers of multiple colors to add depth.  Again I am  continuing the process.  To climb a ladder you do not run and jump to the highest rung you can reach.  you start at the bottom rung and work up.  All great artists grew this way.  There are some exceptions to this rule but they are exceptions.  You get farther through hard work.

Seascape Painting Demo

This Demo will be a painting of a seascape.  This will be the second subject we will tackle in class the third will be a still life.  In this video you will see me create a seascape and how I basically use the same techniques and process as the landscape.  The subject matter is the only difference.  You shouldn't be intimidated by the complexity of a subject.    While not everyone can be an artist everyone can learn to paint.  Check my blog for more information.

Watercolor Painting part 1
Basics

Watercolor painting is a very beautiful form of expression.  It is also very definitive in what is required to create a nice piece of work.  Contrary to oil and acrylic you need to work from light to dark.  There is no white.  You must use the white of the paper to display white objects or highlights.  The paper is not forgiving make a mistake and it is very difficult to correct.   Watercolor requires lots of practice and lots of paitence.   It also requires a well planned preliminary drawing.  You should have your design issues worked out before applying paint. 

Watercolor Painting part 2
Equipment

Watercolor painting is a very beautiful form of expression.  It is also very definitive in what is required to create a nice piece of work.  Contrary to oil and acrylic you need to work from light to dark.  There is no white.  You must use the white of the paper to display white objects or highlights.  The paper is not forgiving make a mistake and it is very difficult to correct.   Watercolor requires lots of practice and lots of paitence.   It also requires a well planned preliminary drawing.  You should have your design issues worked out before applying paint.   This video will also cover some of the unique equipment needed.

Watercolor Painting part 3
Washes

This video covers some basic techniques involved with watercolor painting.  Washes are used to cover large areas of paper.  Mastery of washes is critical for successful paintings.  This video will cover dry washes and wet washes.  It also covers a techniques to manipulatethe paper to reveal special effects.

Watercolor Painting part 4
Finding Mr. White

Watercolor painting involves many differences from traditional oil and acrylic
painting.  There is no white paint.  The artist must manipulate the colors on the artwork.  I light yellow must be a thin wash of yellow so the white of the paper shines through.  Darker colors require more pigment.  Lighter shades need less.  Work is execute from light to dark and masking is used to leave whites visible.  The demonstration will show a few masking techniques using wax, tape and latex.  Remember latex can be harmful to those with latex allergies.