Learning to Draw and Paint from this website….

These ART POSTS are being compiled sequentially by DATE. To follow the course please start at the earliest posts. In the right hand column you will see the Archives by date. The sequence for learning art needs to start with … Continue reading

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Printed on canvas

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My Favourite Teapot: Procreate on iPad    

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Painting with layers in Artrage

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USING LAYERS: be experimental! There are many ways to use Layers. And you don’t need to use them at all if you don’t want to… New Layers: If you make a New Layer in Artrage you will find you can … Continue reading

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Outdoor Drawing

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I have been on holiday in Tasmania. The weather was good but the seats on the quay were wet from overnight rain. I looked at the reflection of the boats in the water and wondered how ASKetch would translate what … Continue reading

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USING PAINT: Layers and Transparency

Most iPad Painting Apps provide layers and transparency as part of the process of digital painting. It takes a little while to get your head around it but you can be sure it is much quicker than in traditional oil painting…..

Jar of Apricots: Chardin (1758)

Jar of Apricots: Chardin (1758)

Traditionally artists have used layers and transparency as they built up their artwork.  But it was a question of waiting till one layer dried before putting on the next part. Chardin (right) would have achieved that deep rich glowing effect of apricots in a glass jar and a steaming cup of  tea, by allowing layers to dry on the canvas. He would then load his paint with thinners perhaps and continue. Transparent layers allow one colour to glow through another changing both colours and their tones. Paint mixed on the canvas can merge one colour into another and gradations of tone (like the green wall above) are achieved by careful mixing of tones of paint.You can view this magnificent painting and details of Chardin’s  brush-work here on the Google art Project.

The Artist’s Signature

You will find when you visit the Google Art Project that photographs of the paintings have been taken in High Definition (HD). This allows us to examine in extreme close-up the way artists place the paint on the canvas.

Monet’s Water Lilies (left) demonstrates layers of transparent colour, paint texture, colour gradation, colour mixing on canvas etc. Click on the title and see it for yourself! Continue reading

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ASKetch and CHIAROSCURO

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Chiaroscuro In Western art, chiaroscuro is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition (see right).  It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of … Continue reading

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A Warning: boot up your iPad before painting

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Painting Apps can use a lot of memory. They have to mix paint for example. 1. GETTING YOUR iPAD READY for a complex Painting App with layers Before starting using a painting App, close down all the Apps that you … Continue reading

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PAINTING: Combining two Apps for painting……..

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There is a really good reason why you should combine two Apps together rather than stick with one for drawing and then start another when you paint. This is because the information you have gained, the form, the tone (shading) … Continue reading

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DRAWING WITH YOUR BRUSH…. with colour and tone…….this is painting!

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Somehow we seem to separate drawing from painting…… Drawing exhibitions are expected to exhibit pictures showing lines or edges…pen or pencil, engraving, a lithograph perhaps…. it is supposed to be different from “painting”.  Drawing is defined in the dictionary as … Continue reading

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Artrage or Procreate: the magic of layers

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An App that has layers as part of the system opens a whole new world to experiment with…..ASKetch and other more simple apps do not have layers so are used differently. When you are painting or drawing on real canvas … Continue reading

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