3 Painting Pointers That I'll Always Remember
// Artist Daily
|Notice how Gury scratches through the paint in his oil painting |
Autumn Glow, reinforcing the shape and outline of the tree limbs.
Since then I've been a big ol' bookworm, reading two of Gury's books and trying to implement what I've learned when I get into the studio. I wanted "pay it forward" and share a few key painting tips from him that have helped me.
I read Color for Painters first because I. Love. Color. Gury covers a lot of ground in this book, and I came away knowing a lot more about the history of color and the different ways artists have codified color throughout the centuries.
First, I was really pumped to read about the tinting strength of paints. Up until now, it has mostly been a trial and error kind of situation for me to see how a pigment will tint white or another mixture. But Gury offers up a few tips—like the fact that most colors in a "classic" palette are balanced in terms of tinting ability; that a color like Indian red has a high tinting strength but a color like Naples yellow has a low tinting strength—and gives readers an exercise on color identity that helped me internalize the tinting strengths of different colors.
|Gury is quite aware of the tinting strengths of |
his pigments, as the lack of heavy handed
color in Quiet Room 1 shows.
Gury is also a committed alla prima painter, hence the title of his other book, Alla Prima. The biggest eye-opener I had was about layering while painting. Sometimes when I'm painting I'll lose my original big shapes because I'm introducing successive layers of paint. Gury pointed out that bringing these original shapes to the surface again in an oil painting by repainting their outline is not only helpful for a painter trying to juggle a lot, but it can also add to the visual interest of the work. So now I feel free to reintroduce those shapes in a bold, unapologetic way.
A lot of publications from various publishers, artists, and authors come across my desk every week. Al Gury's stood out because they covered topics I am deeply interested in and came from a source I trusted. I can definitely say the same for all the resources in Brian Keeler's Deluxe Kit of the Month. That combination of insightful and reliable is a rare one but I hope it turns out that these guides are as useful to you as the are to me. Enjoy!
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