Essential Techniques for Outstanding Paintings
Get started painting with this helpful online reference class and guidance from award-winning artist Patrick Howe. First, become familiar with the variety of brushes available and the different brushstrokes that each is used to make. Then, discover the power of mediums, as well as how they affect your paint and paintings. Intimidated by color blending? Up next, Patrick shares unique techniques for blending your colors to achieve smooth color transitions. And, learn how to identify value zones to accurately represent form. Find out which brushstrokes you should use for different parts of your paintings. And, learn color theory basics so that you always render just the right hues. Finally, Patrick shows you how to finish and protect your work for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Patrick Howe is an artist, author and teacher based in Seattle, Washington. He spent many years working as an award-winning graphic designer and art director for companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Eddie Bauer and REI. Patrick is the author of several books, including "Dramatic Light," and he teaches many painting classes around Seattle.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, artist Patrick Howe, before you review the different types of brushes that are available and the marks they're used to make. Next learn how to properly clean and care for your brushes so you can enjoy using them for years to come. Before moving on, Patrick will guide you through the characteristics of different painting surfaces and palettes available.
Discover the power of mediums and how they affect your paint and paintings. Then find out how to use mediums to avoid cracking, wrinkling and sagging in your paint. Patrick will also show you how to use mediums for fixing splotchy areas in your painting once it's dry.
Patrick will teach you color blending techniques by concentrating solely on blending and not worrying about subject matter. Along the way, you'll also learn how to identify value zones and how to create smooth color transitions.
Build your painting toolkit as you learn beginner brushstrokes, expressive brushstrokes and methods for creating texture. Along the way, you'll learn to use the scrub stroke, buff stroke, liner stroke, stipple stroke, scumble stroke, push stroke and more.
Master color theory basics as you learn about the color wheel. You'll find out exactly what hue, value and chroma are, and how to adjust them in your paintings. Plus, Patrick will teach you how to mix paint to match existing colors.
In your last lesson, Patrick will teach you how to finish and protect your paintings. First you'll see how to use clear glaze to remove any flat spots. Then, learn how to use a glaze tint to shift colors as well as how to seal your painting with varnish or cold wax medium.