A Quick “How to” Lesson for you Painters!

A Quick “How to” Lesson for you Painters!

I love painting poppies, but no matter what the subject here’s a trick for designing a good composition:  once your background is ready,

try “auditioning” cut outs of colored paper to decide the shapes, values and colors that will be best to paint.  Take a photo of the placement.

Remove the paper pieces and proceed to paint your subject.

At the very end of my paintings I often use this technique to make final, small but try important, decisions like

where a bright, saturated color needs to be, where my darkest darks belong or maybe where a few distant birds will fly.  Enjoy!


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