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Painting even if you are not an artist: Part Two

JN 2-10-10

Please read "Painting even if you are not an artist: Part One" before beginning.

Now that you have your painting supplies and an idea in mind, it's time to paint.  First rule is have fun and don't take your art too seriously.  Go ahead and mix a few of the paints in the palette wheel.  You'll have to play around with adding more or less paint to get the desired color but since you are creating the art, there's no right or wrong color, just what is pleasing to your eye.

If you are drawing circles one trick is to use a small cup or coins for that perfect circle.  The center circle of this picture "Sunset" was drawn using a small coffee cup. 

Start in the center of the canvas and work your way out.  The shading effect on the sun was achieved by painting a small portion, then adding a drop of brown paint to darken the yellow and then drawing the next small portion, and so on. 

The background of this picture was created using three colors: red, blue and a soft yellow.  By playing around with these colors and mixing them, you can create the shades used in the painting.  The blues and greens at the bottom represent the ground, and the pink and purples represent the sky.  All of these strokes are simple lines and curves. 

Use the small tip paintbrush for smaller parts or tiny details and the thick tip brush for broader strokes.  Also as you change from color to color, simply remove the paint from the brush by dipping it in a cup of water.  Acrylic paint washes off easily so it's great for beginners. 

Remember to paint the sides of a wrapped canvas as the final touch.  No need to frame this art, just hang! 


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