Over the past few months, I have been working on a project which includes the filming of a series of instructional DVDs for artists. It is currently in the final stages of development and is scheduled to be released in February. The purpose in producing these videos is to help educate and inspire other artists to reach their goals in their own artistic endeavors. As an artist, I have always been fascinated with painting and the decision making process that goes into the making of it. Art is a language and the more familiar you are with how to effectively express this means of communication, the better you will become at conveying your thoughts and ideas to others. As with any language, the art of painting is founded on key principles which give the artist the necessary tools to work with in order to most effectively translate abstract ideas into visual pictures that can be understood by others. These principles have helped to guide artists for centuries and when used to their full potential by a skilled craftsman , some of mankind’s greatest works of art have emerged. Principles such as Drawing, Values, Edges and Color play a vital role in painting. Without a knowledge and understanding of these foundational building blocks of representational art, the artist is left floating in an ocean of uncertainty, not having an anchor of substance by which to hold on to. Each of these four principles are areas of individual study by themselves but, when combined together, produce the engine that is necessary in order to paint a picture. As with any engine, these four principle parts must work together as a team in order to arrive at the finished painting. Through this DVD series I will share my own thoughts about each of these four principles and how they apply to painting. This practical approach will not only focus on how to incorporate each principle into your painting, but will also explain why each one is used. By learning how to think like a painter, an artist can then use these principles in order to solve problems in their own work. Whether you choose to paint a portrait, landscape, still life, etc, the principles that guide you will remain the same.
There will be a series of four DVDs, each one focusing on one specific principle at a time. Through, the use of visual aids, examples of master works and a painting demonstration for each DVD, the artist is given a variety of information that will help them further understand how to effectively use each principle. A fifth DVD will also be available which demonstrates how to use all four principles together by painting a head study in oil. This video will also focus on the principles of painting outdoor light. An explanation of the differences between painting indoor and outdoor light, the use of value and temperature within a painting, and also a demonstration of how to mix various flesh tones will also be included in addition to the head study demonstration.