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Painting Technique

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

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  1. Hi, Elizabeth!

    Thanks for posting the links to art instruction websites. I’m always interested in finding free instruction on that subject! : )

    I’ve only briefly browsed the sites, but they look helpful. I have to wonder about the scrolling quote on the 7 layer technique, though… in paraphrase: music has seven notes, seven keys, the week has seven days, etc… and there are seven layers of paint, hence the magic of the 7-layer paintings…

    But I have to say that Alexei Antonov’s paintings ARE truly magical in their luminescence and vitality, whatever the reason! Breathtaking!


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  2. Wow!

    I just love this one:


    … by Alexei Antonov.

    I just had a look at this most wonderful page about how “composition” works:


    … from the “Free Art Lessons Online” recommended by Elizabeth.

    Thanks for those recommendations!

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  3. Sydney and Prodos,
    Thank you so much for your comments! 🙂
    I thought the links to lessons were interesting too. The results – amazing!

    The portrait is beautiful! 🙂 I can’t imagine how much time it took to paint the lace!
    I’ve always had the worse time with hair. And it’s pretty funny to see my own learning process as how to paint skin tones and shade. (are people supposed to look green’ish?! haha) Proper perspective is also interesting when it comes to whole human forms.

    On another note – recently I’ve changed comment options as a test to prevent commercial spam.

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