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Artist Tip: What to Paint by Ron Gribble
Subject Master: What to Paint By Ron Gribble
So often I see people who are trying to learn how to paint
and they choose to paint a portrait of their friend, son or daughter.Often, it is their dog or cat that gets the treatment.
I know that what one artist thinks is difficult, another
will find easier, but I have never met one artist yet who has found the above
Portrait of Norman Rockwell Painting the Soda Jerk
Why are portraits so hard? Several reasons actually…
1.Every one of us is an expert on the anatomy of
humans and animals. We may not be able to recall and draw every detail, but if
you get it slightly wrong even a young child knows there is something that
doesn’t look right.
Eyes too small or one above the other, nose
in the wrong place, relative to other details, mouth too big, not straight or ears
in the wrong position.A variation of a
tiny fraction of a millimetre can make one eye to float above or below the
2.Trying to place details that have to obey the
laws of the perspective onto a circular object, namely the head requires much
planning, observation and skill
3.Any variations in the above will lose the element
of likeness.What makes one person look different
to another? Fine details MUST be right.
If you are trying to master any particular medium you have
enough problems without the above. Choose a subject that doesn’t add to your
troubles. It is commonly accepted that 1000 paintings is the “apprenticeship”
in any one medium.And that portraits
are for the “master craftsman” only.
So why try to buy a Rolls-Royce for your first car?
Until you have finished 1000 paintings in that medium don’t
attempt portraits.Any landscape is a
piece of cake in comparison.
How to thicken School Tempera Paint with school paints
Here is a quick recipe to thicken a water based school
tempera poster paint.This takes about
10 minutes to cook and has a great thick smooth texture that is ideal for
finger painting. Depending on the amount
of paint you need - increase or decrease the quantities of this recipe.
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What You Need: 4 x spoons of Corn-starch, 3 cups water, small sealable
Recipe for thickening
Temper Poster Paint: 1. Add 4 x level teaspoons of corn-starch with 3 x cups of
water in a pot, mixing until all combined. 2. Heat the mixture
over low heat, stirring it until the corn-starch dissolves and is smooth and
thick. 3. Allow the mixture to cool. 4. Add the thickener to your tempera in a slow pour,
stirring the paint until you get the viscosity desired. Don't add too much at
once, as you will have to add a much greater quantity of paint to get it back
to a thinner consistency. If you a…
paint that is used in the school classroom is simply a ‘Temporary’ paint. A colourful
paint that is water-soluble allowing it to be washed from surfaces quickly and
easily making ideal for educational use or where groups of children are
There is a lot of confusion between traditional "Egg Tempera" and todays
Tempera Poster paint. Some parents that have children with allergies google
'Tempera Paint' and find 'egg tempera' and the confusion starts. Egg Tempera: Egg Tempera is one of the oldest mediums for fine art painting, dating
back to Roman Egypt and used by most of the Great Masters of the Renaissance.
It is made with egg yolk and is a permanent fast-drying paint. It is very hard
to find today as few brands make it. One of the most popular brands in the
artist paint world Daler-Rowney in the UK do still make this for artists. It is
designed for artist use and not for school. See: www.dale…
Get the children using their hands with this fun thumb and finger print activity. The children will love getting their hands messy to create colourful fun animals and later they can then add details to give them life. In this activity the children will be using skills such as painting, drawing and writing. These are great to make fun Easter cards and they are personal to each child with their own unique thumbprint being using to create colourful artwork. LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary. You will need: Tempera Poster Paint – Yellow, Red and Black. Any colours.. Paper Marker Pen Paper Towels – for wiping hands. Let’s get started: 1. Provide the children with the materials and explain that they are going to be making some paintings using their thumbs and fingers. 2. Paint a colour on to the fingers on one hand. One colour per brush and one colour per thumb or finger. Painting thinner is better that thick as you are stamping prints no…