Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine

I’m always on the lookout for more art books that will help me learn how to be an artist, but many of them don’t focus on the concept of painting daily. This is a review for the book Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carole…

Dominant Notan Practice

I am practicing my notans more and more since so many artists stress that a good value plan for your painting is so absolutely vital for it to be successful. In this post I am looking at notans that have dominant values.

If you want to learn more about creating notans then you should definitely…

Planning a Composition Around Notans

My next exercise for the Virtual Art Academy is to design a number of notans with a focus on sub-dominant values. What does this mean? A notan is typically made of two, three or four different values. A sub-dominant value is when one of those values takes up 50% or more of the composition.

If…

Practicing 2-Value Notans

Taking a couple of hours out of my day, I sourced some inspiration to make a variety of very quick notan sketches. Since it is still summer here, and absolutely dreadfully hot outside, I stayed indoors and referenced many of the photos I used for an earlier assessment for the Virtual Art Academy.

If you…

2 Value Notans Practice From The Old Masters

I am up to week 6 in the Virtual Art Academy and we have just begun to learn about notans. Notans can really use as many values as you want, although most artists will limit their sketches down to just two to four values. Of course it makes sense to start as simple as possible… with…

Evaluating Tonal Values In Artworks

I am again exploring how values have been used in various artworks. Unlike the posts Comparing Values In Artworks – The Classics or Comparing Values in Artworks – The Contemporary, I am looking how effectively they have used the values. A strong sense of tonal values is important in an artwork to help convey a…

Book Review: Landscape Painting by Mitchell Albala Review

There are SO many books about (oil) painting on the market that it’s really hard to choose which one to buy. This is an in-depth review for the book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice by Mitchell Albala. I’ve done a chapter-by-chapter review, explaining what that specific chapter covers and whether…

Comparing Values In My Own Paintings

Since I am studying so much about values in art lately, I figured it was only fair to go back to my own past artworks and analyse how effectively I used values. I have known about the concept of values for quite some time, but as I have often learnt knowing theory and practically applying…