3 KEY ELEMENTS TO ART YOU NEED TO KNOW

3 KEY ELEMENTS TO ART YOU NEED TO KNOW

COMMERCE by Jean Moore Purchase Information  Commerce is a work that I recently completed that I believe hit three key elements you want in any work of art but especially in an abstract work, that is aesthetics, temperament, and intellect. An artist needs to be a designer because its not just about describing what we see or what things are but also about composition. What elements do you need to put on the paper in order to communicate the scene? To get down a pleasing composition landscape painters may take their sketchbook out in the field blocking in a scene with broad shapes, adding tone and building value to create temperament or mood all before including color.  This is exactly what I did with Commerce as you can see in the examples below. From the background I use the marque and warp tools in photoshop to copy and paste shapes on top of the background. I want to establish calm horizontals first before punctuating with verticals and diagonals, always keeping in mind the golden ratio of composition.  The experienced artist will know when to leave out elements because they don’t add to the piece aesthetically nor intellectually and may even be disruptive to do so…just because you see it there doesn’t mean it has to go in you painting. It is the same with this abstract piece of work. The mood in this piece is obviously upbeat and positive. In the end viewers make the intellectual connection to the title if they have not seen it already…Commerce.   Join My Mailing List © Copyright Jean Moore 2013. All rights...
How to Draw Gesture

How to Draw Gesture

Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher who not only offers high quality educational videos for artists but does so in an entertaining style. Again If you are serious about improving your technique and learning more be sure to check out his dvd available for purchase on Proko. Though he is a portrait artists the information applies to any type of art you do including photography.  Now go out and practice…draw, draw, draw. JOIN MY MAILING...
The Illusion of Depth

The Illusion of Depth

Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher who offers high quality educational videos for artists that are also entertaining. I will be posting his videos here each week over the next few weeks. If you are serious about improving your technique and learning more be sure to check out his dvd available for purchase on Proko. Though he is a portrait artists the information applies to any type of art you do including photography. Join My Mailing...
New Work

New Work

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings 3 | Buy a Print I’ve been away from my blogs and forms over the last couple of weeks, just needed some down time.  Albeit the conversations have been in a number of places—G+, Linkedin, Fine Art America and even on this blog—the response and discussions to the last post, “Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium,” have been awesome. Thanks to all who responded. Mesa Verde Cliff Dwelling 2 | Buy a Print Simple Architectural Beauty | Buy A Print Taking down time is important to keeping the creativity flowing.  I have been working on some new paint textures to use with my art as well as some photographs. I hope to have these available to the public on my texture site soon. Some of the best textures I have created have come from suggestions or requests from friends needing or wanting something specific. How about you? Do you want a texture you can’t find yet? Let me know I will get started on it. Join My Mailing List and Receive Free...
Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium

Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium

I watch a lot of Youtube and Vimeo videos, gathering new information, learning the newest techniques when it comes to using digital mediums. Recently I’ve seen and heard quite a bit of digital artists telling young artists just starting out “don’t skip using traditional mediums.”  Hmmm, why is that? After all isn’t drawing on a tablet with pressure sensitive pen pretty much the same as a pen/pencil to paper or paint to canvas? In a lot of ways it can be and in other ways not at all. There is no perfect undo when painting with traditional mediums. No layers, they are all flattened in as soon as a new layer of paint or varnish or pencil mark is put on top of another. No distort, perspective, warp, or liquefy tools either. Some might be saying, “So. It only matters if the art is good and people like it, right?” As far as sales and aesthetics go I would say that kind of statement is correct. I personally like both mediums. One is not more pure than the other. I totally agree with DiceTsutsumi’s statement, “Who can say Craig Mullins’ work is any less sophisticated than any of the traditional oil painters? Good work is good work.” But there are reasons why it is important to use traditional medium. First off, digital paintbrushes, pencils, and filters are set up to mimic the traditional tools. Without understanding how the traditional ones work one may not know why they can’t achieve a certain look or feel they want in digital. To use traditional mediums is to learn to make your own choices about...