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Helpful Painting Tips

Nicky Sczesny

I am currently in the process of moving out of my apartment.  While packing up my art work, I set aside my first oil painting next to my latest piece.  I considered trashing my first piece because it looked so bad compared to my newest one.  Since I'm an art hoarder I decided against it.  I did begin wondering, what did I not know during my first painting that I know now?

Well folks, here are a few tips that I learned in the past few months that helped improved my art. 

1) Use more red

My professor is continually saying "Use more red!" Sure enough, whenever I add more red my piece looks ten times better.  I am now a firm believer in if there's a problem, it's because there's not enough red. 

2) Paint or draw in a circular motion 

Through using a circular motion your painting and/or drawing looks smoother and realistic.  To get your painting even smoother, use a dry brush to soften out your brush strokes.  

3) Not every piece of work has to be a master piece

This is probably one of the most important tips I learned.  It's ok if your piece doesn't turn out how you planned.  Consider that piece a practice round and learn from your mistakes on your next piece.  


Oils, You are a Mess

Nicky Sczesny

There are moments like today where I wish I had a better memory.  For example, I wish I would've remember how strong the chemicals smell while oil painting.  Oh my goodness!  The smell literally hit me in the face.  Besides that minor detail, I had a blast and a half painting today.  I began the background for my "Suburbs" piece.  It's not much but it sure did take a while trying to paint around all those dots.  (Please excuse the horrible photo).

I may have made a bit of a mess while painting.  I also forgot that whenever I have a oil painting in progress, my hands are permanently stained.  Let's just say that when I left the class my hands were not their normal color.  

In case you were wondering what my photo reference looks like, here it is.  I used Photoshop to combine seven different photos.