There are many techniques to creating that brilliant masterpiece. These techniques can be appreciated in works done by the ancient masters such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Claudio Picasso. But one thing remains true with these venerable masters. They had perfected the technique of the 7 cardinal principles of painting. I will bring these techniques to you in the belief and hope that it may one day come in good stead when next you pick up that paint brush.
- Painting a coloured background
Whether it’s a chiaroscuro or a simple sketch, having a clutter free background enables the focus to be concentrated only on the subject. But for newbie painters, they often make the mistake of tackling the subject and when that is done, become confused as to what to do with the background.
To make sure not to fall into this sand trap, it is important for you to attempt painting the background before delving into the subject matter of the painting. Doing this saves you two things; 1. It helps you to avoid painting into your subject while colouring the background, 2. It helps you blend a little of the background colouring into your painting to make it smoother and appealing.
- Understanding Contrast from Value
Firstly, contrast simply means distinctions in physical art properties such as colour or texture and size. It is the juxtaposition of two elements to create a desired effect. Value is the strength or weakness of this elements. It is therefore better to contrast colours with complimentary values to bring the desired effect.
When you juxtapose two jarring elements with strong values, the effect can be visually unappealing. This is not to say strong values do not play a function in art. They do. It is up to the artist to blend these elements to create art pieces that are visually pleasant to the spectator.
Some artist are proficient in mastering the use of contrast and value. It is up to sign up with such masters to expand your knowledge on this technique.
- Mastering the Art of Composition
Composition is the assortment of visual features in a painting. It is how you arrange the pieces of the subject matter on a canvas to create appealing art. Composition is very critical in a painting because it shapes the spectators perspective on the quality and balance of the artwork. So the better the symmetry and alignment of the objects on the painting, the more likely your work will be appreciated.
This is one element newbie artist need to have an in-depth knowledge of before considering themselves worthy to pursue higher and more complex techniques in painting.
- The perfect colour blend
Rule number 1. You cannot make the primary colours by mixing two secondary – or an additive colour. And in case you do not know, the three primary colours are red, blue and yellow. Green is an additive colour because it is gotten from the combination of yellow and blue.
Creating the perfect colour blend is similar to the values in contrast. You can create specific colour blends that compliments your art piece depending on the severity or weakness of the colour you are blending and the type of colours being blended. It is obvious colours do have different properties from each other.
This is a creative skill used in depicting three and two dimensional – and even illusionary art. It is akin to a magician pulling a bunny out of a hat. Perspective gives the painting a sense of realism.