How to Choose Scenes for Painting

How to Choose Scenes for Painting


Thank you for watching this video on choosing
images to paint. All of these images are free to use for paintings. Digital reproductions
of any kind other than sharing this video are not allowed without permission. Painting is about understanding How will you successfully paint a scene if
you don’t know what you like about it? A pretty picture does not make a pretty painting. Photos can make their success easily in detail. Painters have to be more careful with composition
and color. Strong light is a great subject. Color in
the light and shadow areas are very interesting. L compositions are effective since they add
a lower support and odd numbered division. Triangular compositions are also effective
due to that strong lower support. Aerial Perspective is the shifts of value
and color seen with distance. Distant objects have less value contrast and more color contrast.
They’re usually lighter and more blue. Paths are very effective tools. Sometimes
it’s a literal path. Other time it’s the shapes and groupings that make interesting diagonals
and curves. Think of the diagonals more than the curves since very smooth paths look unnatural. People talk a lot about diving the canvas
into thirds. It’s more an odd numbered division that makes it interesting. Most canvases are
too small for 7 major divisions, so that’s why thirds is so popular. Avoiding doubles
is a better rule. For example, two identical trees spaced at thirds is still boring. Capturing people in the middle of something
is a sure way to create a connection. People love to watch other people. The Circular Composition is not as common.
Basically all edges of the painting are framed and multiple focal points are set up. It’s
a bit like the triangle composition, but with more focal points. To wrap it up, you need to understand why
a scene should be painted, and know your own limitations. Generally, a scene that looks
great because of detail is going to be hard to pull off in paint. Focus on the composition,
colors, and lighting effects in the scene. Happy Painting

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