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In the Beginning What I Learned About Art

Gail Francis Posted: march 12, 2020 / Modified: march 12, 2020
In the Beginning What I Learned About Art
Hi Guys… . I want to share the confusion I went through when I first got into painting. I just painted t enjoy and experience what it was like to paint. Then as I learned the different rules that go with painting, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I love to learn so I understood the rules quickly but I couldn’t seem to find my style. I knew I could easily copy most pieces done by others but I eventually wanted to be able to recognize my style or my “voice” as Tara Leaver talks about.

I recently began to recognize my style and maybe even my voice. I have a minimalistic abstract style when it comes to acrylic abstracts. With watercolours I seem to be slightly detailed but fairly loose. I love painting road scenes, old historical houses, and simple scenes as are familiar to Trinidad. It took 6-8 years of painting and trying different techniques to reach this point.

I realise you have to be open to learning or finding different outlets to learn the different techniques needed to be good or even a great artist. There are downloadable E-books that can help you and I have read many as is there one called “Real Art Lessons, a Downloadable E-books By Artist Delmus Phelps. He shows you step-by-step using techniques of old that makes painting easy. He allows and teaches you to be able to make realistic paintings if that is the style you want. If that is not want you’re looking to learn and you want to do portraits then another way is via Benneclli’s Popular Art Lessons on how to paint portraits or do calligraphy.

The other mediums I’ve tried are acrylics, pastels, charcoals, pen & Ink with watercolours or simply pen. Once you understand the different rules for the basics of paining, then you can transfer what you learn using any medium that calls to you or brings out a level of emotion from you. Another medium is Pastels and they can be quite freeing. As with the different available methods to learn you can learn about pastels through Pastel Painting Secrets which is a Guide to Painting with Pastels. Art has this power over the artist. We have an inner need to let out something inside of us and although we’re not sure what it is that needs to be free we do know that there is a driving need to try whatever we can to get to the core of the internal energy that allows us to release it.

So, lets talk all about the different aspects and definitions of Art. The characteristics of art is how an artist creates emotion in their artwork. This includes shape, line, value, colour, space, size, smell, etc… Properties can be described as how sensory properties are to create unity, balance, imbalance, movement, dominance, etc. There are also elements to art, these are:

The seven elements in art are:
1. Colour; 2. Form, 3. Line, 4. Shape, 5. Space, 6. Texture
7. Value
8. Space
9. Texture

The ten common principles of art are balance, emphasis, harmony, movement, pattern, proportion, repetition, rhythm, unity, and variety. It is how the Elements of Art and Design - line, shape, colour, value, texture, form, and space; - are organized or composed according to the Principles of Art and Design to give the painting structure and convey feeling. The elements of art are sort of like atoms in that both serve as building blocks. You know hat atoms combine and form other things… Carbon etc, in art you have got line, shape, form, space, texture, value and colour and they combine to form artistic scenes, abstracts etc via different mediums. This is when you start to develop your style.

In the visual arts, style is a »… Distinctive manner which permits the grouping of works into related categories» or »… Any distinctive, and therefore recognisable, way in which an act performed or an artefact made or ought to be performed and made».

Often, these types are misrepresented or more often, misunderstood. Whether the work is three dimensional sculpture or two dimensional, it will still fall under one these three main types. These types are representational, abstract or non-objective.
Art Styles:
Fine Art by Movement
Pop Art
Abstract Expressionism
Art Deco
Art Nouveau

Then you begin to realise the importance of composition. What is composition? In the visual arts composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or'ingredients'in a work of art as distinct from the subject. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art ok. That’s the dictionary type definition. Composition is the placement of shapes and the use of colour, lines … All the elements to draw the viewers attention and keep their attention. The composition is what grabs the viewer.

Once you’ve reached a certain level in your art skills, part of that process is keeping a scrap book or artists sketchbook where you experiment with ideas and collect drawings of your environment. Top artists have often used their sketchbooks to explore themes and make compositional studies until they find the right idea and subject for a larger painting on canvas. Keeping up a sketchbook is a great way to keep your drawing skills sharp. Maintaining that skill is important since sketching out ideas is a major part of your design process… It also comes in handy when you're trying to communicate ideas to others.

I hope you found my sharing interesting and I hope yo share more.
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