The 12 Fine Art Techniques in brief

how do you paint paintings like this you just have to get the techniques available right now in this fine art techniques DVD triple pack coming up you'll see snippets from this DVD will introduce you to the techniques as I work on them in practice boards and like here you'll see examples of what proper technique looks like in the finished painting why struggle here's a glimpse of the tools needed to get the thrill of painting satisfaction the twelve techniques coming up can be broken into two main areas empowering techniques and refining techniques empowering techniques physical techniques ways of mixing paint ways of applying paint which marry up with your creative need with your creative power with your creative energy or excitement your enthusiasm and translate then to the canvas holding all of that energy and enthusiasm there that's an empowering technique your empowering the canvas with your creative energy the refining techniques are different again refining techniques refine the energy that's there when we empower a canvas sometimes it's a rawness that happens and sometimes we want that if we don't we need to refine the look of it so breaking up the techniques into those two categories refining technique and empowering technique allow you better to understand what your painting needs you now the dagger technique is very simple all I'm going to do is pick up some blue paint and some white paint so that your brush looks just like that and then drive that paint into the web of the canvas and as we do so we simply count one two three strokes and then wipe the brush there's only a couple of things to remember with blending and that is that you need a dry brush which simply means that the brush is not affected by turps or medium the next thing to remember is that because it's such a beautiful technique to use it feels so lovely and it has a lovely effect artists tend to use it far too often you simply blend the paint surface together bit by bit by bit the painting knife is a very expressive painting tool the name of the technique called painting knife means that we're referring to the use of the knife as a day one procedure which means that we're applying paint onto a canvas which is unused now let's not confuse that with the use of the knife as you'll see later on in other techniques just for fun right now let me show you with one stroke how I can pick up all the colors and feathers in a bird let's say a parrot for instance have a look at this there it goes look at that just one stroke this is how I pick the paint up working at my normal painting speed it shows you how very very quick and effective the painting knife technique is the whole secret as you'll notice is that I'm not spending any time at all trying to premix the paint looking at it in slow motion now you'll see that the paint remains unmixed even though we pick up blue and white and put the two together the two colors remain separated not only on the palette but on the knife as well just to be sure we add another color now a third color and picking it up you'll see on the knife the paint is unmixed all the different colors are there we have the secret to our success and we would choose to use the caress stroke in areas and at times in your painting of a subject where you are concerned with texture because the caress stroke is all about texture it allows you to create new texture or to maintain a certain type of texture and you could see there the texture of this paint surface how very important it is to maintain and work with texture in your paintings another value of the career stroke is that it enables you to change and adjust color as you require it and that there is the career strike and finally now we go to create texture again with a knife but this time in a swirly pattern just watch how my arm moves flowing in this direction here just applying it in loops like this and with just a few strokes the transparent glaze and the use of that texture in the spirit of the ocean we can see where the waves and the peaks and the swells the troughs of the sea can begin to be developed and of course when you add the darks you really can bring out that effect of a wave you all runny and washy like that now the trick to successful opaque glazing is that simple you need plenty of medium to make the mix extremely runny now that's an entirely different mix from this one where there's so much paint and very little medium that all of these is one big blob of opaque color that won't work at all we need this runny stuff over here this is what it should look like this cloudy mix going on top of the painting is an opaque glaze you can see the underpainting through the paint that we've just put on you the creative knife technique I look forward to seeing you a lot in this section of your tape as the creative knife is undoubtedly the most inspiring remarkable unique and powerful creative tool that you can have in your creative armoury you we can just refine those and make them easier on the eye you the branch of a tree creating there a beautiful accent in your work for scribble technique harmonizing the surface of your painting and giving the sky and this part of our practice board a golden glow you

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