Painting Exercises to Improve Your Paintings

Painting Exercises to Improve Your Paintings

Becky Joy
In the last workshop that I taught, I gave the students some ideas using exercises to help improve their paintings. Here are a few ideas that you can work on at home.
  • Use a palette of 4 color such as Swedish painter, Anders Zorn (1860-1920) used. He used a palette of white, yellow ocher, ivory black and vermillion. The black substitutes as a blue in the context of the warm colors. Your painting will automatically be unified in color palette.  Or, make a color chart with this palette making as many variations as you can.
  • Go through an art magazine. Pick out the focal point and analyze why it works.
  • Paint one scene in different formats, square, tall and thin, and a long horizontal. You will start to think out the box in your compositions.
  • Using an old painting or blank canvas, use brushwork to create depth in a painting, smooth, horizontal strokes in the distance and more texture in the foreground. Use your brush in all different ways. Use a palette knife or other objects.These are just a few ideas. I'm sure that you will be able to expand on these. What exercises can you think of in addition to these? Talk to you all later. Becky

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