Basic Oil Painting Techniques : How to Use a Focal Point in an Oil Painting

Basic Oil Painting Techniques : How to Use a Focal Point in an Oil Painting

On behalf of Expert Village my name is Vince
Fazio and I’m here to talk to you from the Sedona Art Center about one session oil paintings.
Okay, I’m going to talk a bit about the difference painting and drawing have and that when you’re
painting you want to pay attention to (I was talking about abstract qualities) the color
of the hat against the background. The color of where the light’s striking the hat and
then the color of the shadow on the hat. If you can get those three colors to work together
to be accurate,
you will have a good sense of space, and light striking form right there…. a bit of a blue
color there. So what I’m doing is working on with a small brush, close in, working on
the focal point. This is where I’m going to use a little bit of alizarin crimson and green
to create a black. The focal point of a painting is usually where major areas of light and
dark strike each other. It looks like I’m going to lower this bench just a little bit
somewhere along the way here. And then I’m going to work a little bit around that figure.
I need the right value around that figure. And then as I work around the figure, I’m
painting the figure. Because it’s a matter of, as I said, locating three different colors
that are the right color and then fine tuning the shapes. Keeping to the simple idea of
the color temperature environment that’s created by that figure against that landscape. So
at this point I’m going to go into this area and this area to kind of bring those in and
those values and colors will help me create the figure.


  • Jefferdaughter says:

    Clarification: high contrast between very dark and very light areas helps draw the eye to the area of the painting that the artist wants to be the 'focal point'.

    Another clarification: in drawing, lines are (typically) the means the artist uses to create the composition, or arrangement, of subject matter, define shapes & edges, etc. In painting, this is done primarily by using 'values': how light or dark the area is (aside from the color or 'hue').

  • shellius says:

    You don't have to watch them in order. They're free, don't complain!

  • dinesh bhat says:

    oh crap..i think i skipped one part of the video… which one is it?? πŸ˜›

  • Wendy Patricia Martin says:

    Yes, please number them!

  • rl 2 says:

    Plz number your videos, they are hard to find otherwise

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