How to Define Painting Styles?

by Neadeen Masters on July 17, 2014

Painting Style is what you make it!

Every artist‘s goal should be to understand different painting styles… This might better suggest the desired outcome of the learning process. As we experiment and explore, learning as we go, we find that some paintings appeal to us more than others. When this happens, we are actually honing in on the differences between painting styles. We begin to know what we like and don’t like. Only then can we focus on learning the nuances of a style that we might want to make our own.

Learn a loose painting styleClaude Monet – Impressionist – Loose painting styles… 

Painting styles are usually associated with an era in art history, defined by the influences of certain schools of thought. For example, the impressionists had a great influence on generations of artists who followed. Their application of paint, along with the loose suggestions of forms bathed in light created quite a stir in the art community. They had broken away from traditional painting methods working in a manner that would clearly set them apart. They developed a different  and unique style… But even as a group of artists who shared specific beliefs about light and color, they still created their own individual styles.

Learn sharp focus painting styles at Art Apprentice Online

Many of the Old Masters can also be recognized for their individual painting styles. How they blended color, their particular brush work, their rendering of compositional forms helped define their individual painting styles. Sharp focus realism as defined in the glass study painting featured above was rendered by artist Sue Pruett and is a specific style of painting. One can see the dramatic differences between the two examples of painting styles. One loose and one very disciplined.

So how do you develop your style?

First, try to zone in on artwork which appeals to all your senses. Both visual and tactile comes into play. Do you like a clearly defined rendering of realism, or do you like the loose suggestion of form?  Are you drawn to relief textures and heavy impasto paintings that beg to be touched?  Are you more at peace with smooth surfaces and sharp focus that looks photographic? Each has its own beauty, but will determine what you must learn to incorporate into making your personal style.

What defines your painting style?

For starters, brush technique and paint application must be understood. Both of these steer the course. Art principles and art theory apply regardless of style, but paint application and blending methods will be the driving force towards the development of YOUR personal style.

What classes will help me discover my own style?

  • Blending methods – Discover and learn blending methods to help paint sharp focus realism styles.
  • Blending Methods – Discover and learn a wet in wet loose application that is more direct – to help me discover a looser style.
  • Working with textures and using less definition – Mixed Media will help me discover a style with more of a free spirit.
  • Edges – Learning about lost and found edges will help artists understand what is needed to define both sharp focus and loose styles. This is an important concept.

At Art Apprentice Online you can learn many painting methods and techniques to help develop unique painting styles.

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