Beginning artists can learn how to paint good art.
Good art attracts the viewers. Normally good art is pleasing to look at. Bad art may also attract some viewers, but they won't hang around to look at the painting in depth.
Good art speaks to people. It evokes emotions in the viewers. It may spark a memory or other emotions. It draws the viewers in for a deeper look and appreciation of the painting.
Good art displays the heart of the artist.
All good paintings share the same three things.
This may all sound like a foreign language to the beginning artist. But, they are essential and easy to master.
Let's learn how to paint good art by thinking in threes. When we first start painting there is a lot to think about. Three is easy to remember.
will focus on the 3 things that create good art. Then we will do each
of those items in threes. That makes learning easy.
1. Get your materials ready. Watercolor, acrylic and oil paints are all make good paintings. Any of the three are suitable for the beginning artist.
2. Choose a subject. Why do you want to paint this subject? What drew you to the subject? What is the purpose of the painting and what do you intend to portray?
Believe it or not, how you feel about the subject will show thru in the finished painting. Decide the reason for the painting and keep it in mind while you are painting.
3. Do some sketches. Small sketches about the size of a post card just are fine. Think of the objects and parts the painting, as shapes.
Sketch out the large shapes, choose their values and their placement. See how the shapes relate to each other. Choose the painting's focal point.
Do several sketches until you get one that looks good to you. We all have an innate knowing of what looks good. Tune in and listen to that inner voice.
It's easier to change things around on paper before we start painting. Don't start painting without a satisfactory sketch.
A common way to invite the viewers into a landscape painting is to paint a road, a path, a stream or river running up into the painting. Start the entrance at the bottom edge of the painting.
We read from left to right, so the left side is good. Don't start the path directly at the corner. Make it either above the left corner or a bit to the right of the corner.
Still life paintings may have a tool, a flower or other objects pointing up into the painting from the bottom.
Don't place any object directly across the bottom of the painting, such as a fence, rock wall or a fallen tree trunk. It will make the viewers feel uncomfortable and keep them from entering the painting.
The composition will guide the viewers to the focal point. Then they will spend time looking around the rest of the painting.
The focal point should be placed away from the edges of the painting. A focal point too close to the edge of the painting will draw the viewers out of the painting.
Generally, we don't place the focal point in center of the canvas. Place it above or below the horizon line and a bit to one side. Many paintings place the focal point using "The Rule of Thirds". We are thinking of and using threes, that's how to paint good art.
If we have people or animals in the painting, give them space in front of their face. Don't have them right up close to the edge looking out of the painting. Their view will carry the viewer right out of the painting.
Paint the composition with three parts. Each part of the composition will be a different size.
It doesn't matter which part of the painting is what size. The subject could be the smallest area or the background, etc. It doesn't matter.
All we are looking for is a variety. We want three different sizes.
Good paintings have variety in their values. Poor paintings are basically be all the same boring middle values.
Paintings should have three values, light, dark and middle values.
Think three values in three different sizes. It doesn't matter which value takes up how much of the painting. The point is to have three values and make each value a different size.
Variety is the spice of life and that goes for paintings, also. Good values are how to paint good art.
A painting color scheme of three or four colors will create a harmonious painting.
Many additional color can be mixed from the three or four colors. The mixed colors will all harmonize because they are based on the original colors.
Variety is good in life and it is how to paint good art. Think in threes again. Use the different colors in different amounts.
Again, it doesn't matter which color takes up what amount of space. Just paint each color in a different amount.
When each color is a different size, it creates a good painting with interest and variety.