Saturday, October 16, 2010


Cateura, Linda. Oil Painting Secrets from a Master. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1995. print


"Painting is like a sculpture. When painting an object, you're not painting roundness but the illusion of dimension."

"You must learn to look beyond the model to understand - and convey- the illusion of a three-dimensional reality onto a two-dimensional canvas. Thus the intelligent artist who sees selectively and with understanding, sees the canvas as the reality, not the model. He doesn't paint what he sees, he paints the way he wants the canvas to look and uses the model for reference only. "

"All great paintings are conceptually simple. "

"The concept is the essence of your painting but it is extrinsic to your subject matter. The concept is the structure and framework on which your assembled subject matter (composition, value, and color) is suspended, all working to maintain the shape of the original idea of the painting."

"You must have a concept before you can work out a composition for your paintings, just as a writer's theme must be precede plot and character. Composition gives substance to a painting's concept, just as a plot and characters express a novel's theme. "

"When you understand your concept as a plan of action, you'll know when your painting is finished, you'll know when to stop."


how little color can be used to make a painting.

David Leffel's Brushstroke Techniques"Never do more than THREE strokes with the paint on your brush. Two strokes are better. Then pick up another batch of paint for each new series of brush stokes."

Most of the techniques they talk about are specific to the classical tradition of painting such as Ruben, but this is interesting to me because I never follow this "rule". I almost want to try to follow this rule to see what will happen.

"think in terms of planes, mass, dimension, rather than line and shading."

changes in color temperature, edges, and color intensity to create variety.

Take Risks

"Worrying about what your finished painting will look like will inhibit you."
THAT is some serious shit!!

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