composition

Painting from Photographs Techniques

April 4, 2015

Painting from Photographs Techniques Image Copyright Neadeen Masters – 2015 – All rights reserved. For those of us artists who enjoy painting from photographs, its not always easy to know what to keep or edit from our final images. Here are some techniques that I use to help me reach a successful composition to paint. […]

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Creative Inspiration for a New Painting

August 28, 2013

Creative Inspiration for a New Painting In the last few days, I watched as our friend and business partner from the Art Apprentice Online, Gaby Hunter created a new composition for an upcoming seminar. Her creative inspiration and process was fun to hear as she shared her ideas with me. From an inspiration point of […]

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Perspective In Art

January 2, 2013

  What is Perspective? Perspective is one of the most important concepts in art. It is by implementing the laws of perspective that we are able to create convincing three dimensional images to create the illusion of reality. The concept of perspective was first introduced in the 1400’s by the Italian artist and architect Filippo Brunelleschi. This […]

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Principals Of Movement In Art

January 1, 2013

Movement in art is a concept in art related to design. Here is a free version of the elements of art class we offer in the AAO store. Photo by landscape photographer: Eric Leslie.   What Is Movement In Art? Artists will rely on many tools to establish the story as well as the ‘flow’ of […]

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Painting Leaves – What To Look For

November 24, 2012

When Painting Leaves what do artists look for? Leaves are the accessories of the flowers and fruit that we artists love to paint. They usually play a supporting role with in any floral composition and provide us with opportunities to repeat and carry color for harmony and contrast. In any painting they frame the flowers or […]

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Focal Area – Use It to Enhance Movement

November 24, 2012

Creating Movement, starting with the Focal Area – Design Concept Not all art forms rely on creating a ‘stand alone’ focal area. In the Russian Zhostovo style of decorative painting, successful designs use the focal area to create movement and flow. This Zhostovo artist draws the viewers eye from one area to another through the use of color, value and line. Sometimes artists […]

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Focal Area:Raindrops On Roses!

November 24, 2012

What details can we add to help us create the best ‘focal Area’ in a floral composition? As we learn how to paint flowers we also learn more about making them stand out in dramatic floral paintings, we also learn that water drops or dew drops can add sparkle and interest like none other! These little […]

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Focal Area: Composition: Painting Flowers

November 24, 2012

Creating the Focal Area in a Flower Painting There are many things to think about when painting flowers in a composition. One of the decisions we need to make is how will be portray the flowers we have chosen and what ways can we add interest to the ‘Focal Area’ to make it stand out from the rest of the […]

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Focal Area or Center of Interest in a Painting: Composition

November 24, 2012

What is this focal area all about? When it comes to composition in art, there is no difference between a Focal Point and a Focal Area, or the ‘Center of Interest’. This pretty much refers to the same place in a composition. It is not mandatory in order to have a successful painting however most artists will […]

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Focal Area: How To Choose One?

November 23, 2012

How to determine which area could be the most interesting focal area? There are numerous ways to determine which area of the painting could be the most interesting for a focal area.  The number one way that comes to mind  is the area with the greatest contrasts.  We all know that too much of the […]

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