While browsing the library last week, I came across a book called Painting Flowers the Van Wyk Way by Helen Van Wyk. Though I have my own style of painting, I know there are new techniques that I can learn and by no means have I mastered the art of shadowing.
Painting Flowers the Van Wyk Way depicts “The Seven Components of Pictorial Expression” in a delightfully visual manner. There are diagrams of the anatomy of various flower types and tips on achieving balance, tone values and rhythm.
Typically I paint with acrylics, but I am interested in exploring oils and other mediums. While researching technique online I have found a site which provides Free Art Lessons Online with a 7 layered lesson by an amazing artist – Alexei Antonov. This lesson is helpful when learning more about contrast, blending and shadow casting.
I have also found a link for free online lessons giving excellent step by step instructions on perspective and other valuable tips on composition by Interactive Art School.
“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” ~Michaelangelo