Shapes and Values

Shapes and Values

The first and most important step in painting is to begin with good shapes. But what does that exactly mean? Renowned painter Tony Couch has described artists as shape-makers He points out that every good shape has two different dimensions (ie not square or circular),...
Tweaking Your Composition

Tweaking Your Composition

While painting from a photo of a fairly typical barn, I wanted to make the composition a bit more interesting. But how to do that? Well, there are a few tweaks to the photograph that may help. For one, start by simplifying the scene. As with most farms there was a lot...
Sunday Painters

Sunday Painters

The other day while thinking about what constitutes success in the art world, I noticed an article about a gallery in London called “The Sunday Painter.”  Intrigued, I read more and concluded that this term, which has always been a pejorative, may...