Here you will learn in a step by step fashion how to paint aspen trees on to canvas using acrylic paint. Artist Pearce begins the painting by applying a few large horizontal blends with a 4 inch brush to set the mood for the upcoming trees. Then using a natural sponge she dabs reds, oranges and yellows on the upper and lower tiers of the painting to create the illusion of leaves and florals. It is then time for the trees using a selection of different sized brushes. Follow the video and within hours you will have something really quite soothing to hang on your wall. This video is ideal for the beginner artist.
This is a great video tutorial for learning how to paint mountains in oil paints with artist John G Heinrichs. He begins with explaining his paint mixture for a base coat for the mountains and it consists of prussian blue, crimson,titanium white and ivory black. It is then ‘turned over’ with a palette knife which in oil painting is a technique known as ‘marbling’ to blend all these colors together loosely. He then loads the palette knife with paint on one side and applies it to the canvas by pulling the knife down to form the tops of the mountains.
The next step is using a 2 1/2 inch Alexander art brush to feather out the bottom of the mountains in a blending style. There will obviously be a directional sunlight cast on the mountains so again the palette knife is loaded on one side with his titanium white oil paint and lightly applied with no pressure to the sunny side of the mountains.
The canvas texture helps this process to form very natural looking cracks within the mountain side. The opposite technique is then performed to the shaded side of the mountains but only with a more ample application of prussian blue oil paint. The painting is then finished with the 2 1/2 inch brush being used to drag up the white oil paint from the misty bottom to create a more natural painting. A very easy to learn from art tutorial.
This is the concluding part of the two part series of ‘painting a sunset’ by Wilson Bickford. In this short video tutorial Bickford finalises his painting by adding the reflections and navigates you through the other processes which will take you through to a finalised painting. He uses a two inch scenery brush to drag the land mass down the page to form his reflection. Each step is excellently narrated and easy to follow so grab your brush and canvas and become as good as Bickford in ten minutes.
This is a charming little video which anybody can get involved with and shows the creation of a valentine’s heart silhouette lined with ultra heat melted colored crayons to produce a rather contemporary design which is incredibly unique.
Now what you will need is a glue gun, glue sticks, pre stretched canvas, a heat gun, some black acrylic paint and obviously your pack a wax colored crayons. The first stage is to paint or roller on the black acrylic paint onto your canvas and then allow it time to dry which if applied evenly enough to just cover the canvas you can expect about 45 mins till fully dried. Next it is time to glue the crayons in whichever order strikes your fancy into the the shape of a heart with the heated glue gun and again allow time for the glue to set as you don’t want your nicely arranged colored crayons falling off later down the line.
Use your heat gun to gradually melt the crayons allowing gravity to pull the melted wax towards the floor whilst at the same time you are slowly rotating the canvas to get the desired effect consistently all the way around the edge of the heart. With an almost instant drying time you will find that once your last crayon has been melted you are ready to deliver your creation to that special someone. Have fun and see what crazy color combinations you can evoke.
A wonderful video shown in time lapse. The artist Zacher-Finet showcases her talent in creating abstract art on a large canvas. She begins by applying black paint with a large brush to create a swirl pattern which then forms her basis for the entire piece. She then works into the canvas with palette knives, spatulas and various brushes to create a very contemporary and fresh piece of artwork. With abstract art I’m still not sure whether it is better to know if the piece is based on anything whatsoever or nothing at all…I suppose that is up to the viewer and the artist themselves.
Dutch painter Jos van Riswick uses his extremely technical oils skills to paint his daily live object. This is a sped up video of a plum being painted in oils on a small box canvas and the final piece looks so realistic that you could actually eat it!! It’s just incredible what some artists can do with the right brush and paints and a little bit of time.
Have you ever wanted to know how to construct and build your own large canvas frame. Well this video shows you in a series of still clips the step by step process involved with doing just that. Framing and canvas building can be very rewarding because not only is it another skill but it also allows you to get exactly the right size tailored to your needs. Have fun.
In 2009 fine artist Sebastain Kruger held a live painting demonstration in from front of a group of students which attend his classes, to paint a portrait of the late great Michael Jackson.
He has selected to work large scale on a massive hand stretched canvas with sizing ratios complimentary for close up portraiture, and to the side of the canvas is a small table with some bottles of various colored paints and some plates to mix them on. His reference material is only a small picture of Michael Jackson which he holds in his left hand.
He begins in black forming a large circle/oval shape which fills easily two thirds of the canvas before then crudely drawing some some circles for eyes and an almost cartoon-like smile. At this point you are left wondering what is going on here but it soon becomes apparent that this guy is a genius who works in a slightly unorthodox manner. He creates a skull which accentuates Michael Jackson’s facial construction and uses this as his building block to work into further.
Kruger lays down the paint fast and free and highlights blocks of color to begin with until he is satisfied and then goes in on closer inspection to smooth areas together to create an extremely realistic impression of what he is painting. He regularly stands back from the canvas to observe his art and check that all the proportions are as they should be. As a painter there is nothing worse than becoming absorbed by a painting only to stand back at the end and realise that a key feature is out of place.
This is an awe inspiring video which shows great integrity and individual style from Kruger who evidently is clearly a master of his trade.
This artist goes by the name of Vera and she has created this video to show you the link between conscious and subconscious when applying your entire body to a painting. She uses her hands, brushes, arms and even paint straight from the tube, there really are no boundaries.
Where you place your hands and the actions you take are all coming from somewhere, but where? The color palette you select and the way you choose to apply them whether it be quick strokes, dabs or massive area coverage, all these decisions must come from your mind and your mind only. So this video I feel is very inspiring and well worth a watch and hopefully allow you to reveal your inner artist and allow you to portray yourself direct to the canvas…Or any other surface of your choice. Happy painting.
Acrylics expert Ralph Papa pulls out the canvas and the paints to show the apiring painter exactly how it’s done. In this video tutorial he expresses the importance of starting in the background before moving onto the more detailed foreground. The building of layers and blending of colors is crucial to capturing the mood and atmosphere of the scene. Nice and easy to follow.