Painting Principles Every Artist should Know

Yes, many great artists urge their peers to break the rules. And, yes, letting loose and being in the moment set a solid foundation for a successful painting session.

So before you start breaking any rules, we are here to break down 10 key painting principles. Brought to you by accomplished oil painter, Gregg Kreutz, these pointers are geared to help you boost your creative process and start painting like a pro right now — just try to finish reading all 10, first.

Painting Principles from Oil Painter Gregg Kreutz

1. The four stages of painting are placement, background, shadow and light.
2. To paint something convincingly, you have to determine local color, shadow color, turning color and highlight color.
3. Dynamics (high contrast, color, paint thickness, and so forth) bring passages forward.

4. Paint relationships — not isolated things or people.
5. Everything is either light against dark, dark against light or same against same.
6. Paint passages in the light thickly.

7. Light turns gently into shadow and emerges crisply from the shadow.
8. Every object needs a form shadow.

9. Shadows are dark versions of local color.
10. Highlights are never on the starting edge.

Which of these painting principles are your favorites? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share with us any painting must-dos that were not listed above.

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Rev Up Your Creativity

Need a creative pick-me-up before applying the painting principles above? Or do you just want a break from the workday? (I know I do!)

Muster the Courage

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not try hard enough that makes them difficult.”

Grabbing the courage to begin with acrylic painting is the first step that you need. Do not let the fear overcome your interest and with a positive attitude of bringing out the best in you, start the process. Make sure that you do not leave things in between and would finish it no matter what the results are. It is rightly said,

Looking for the Best Kind of Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints come in variable size containers, with different thickness, and in numerous brands. All results in effective outcomes, the only thing you need to keep in mind is to choose between the paints for Students and for the Artists. The ones which are available for the pros are expensive, while they offer effective results in terms of colours and final results.

Buying the Elementary Essentials

Now, as you are aware of the paints which you are going to buy, it is pivotal to buy a few more essentials along with the acrylic paints at this stage.

The brushes! Here are some of the few well known brands that are famous for offering quality brushes for the artist group.

  • Blick
  • Dynasty
  • Escoda
  • Isabey
  • Liquitex
  • Princeton
  • Royal Langnickel

Apart from the brushes, get yourself the base to paint, it could be either a stretched canvas, canvas board, wood panel or paper. The board which you buy must be primed so as to have the best finish in your painting.

Grab the Collateral Items

The shopping list does not ends here. The other items which are necessary to begin the artwork are:-

  • Artist Palette
  • Rag/paper Towels
  • Cup Or Jar Of Water
  • Varnish
  • Apron
  • Scraping Tools, Sponge, Toothpick, Etc
  • Masking Tape
  • Pencil/charcoal
  • Acrylic Mediums

An artist must have all the items handy when he/she starts to paint. To have the continuity in the artwork, grab all the things in advance, and get set to paint.