Still Life Series – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison

bowl of apples on a blue cloth

After numerous landscape paintings I wanted to try something new. I decided to embark on a series of still life paintings. In order to arrive at some attractive compositions I had two choices either I would have to go out and buy several objects to be arranged into a still life or I could resort to copyright-free images on the web.

I decided on the latter. However, rather than copy a ready-made photograph I preferred to take items from various pictures and rearranged them into my own still life composition. In doing so I tried to apply as many rules of our traditional painting schools as possible. Some of them become second nature the more you paint such as the rule of thirds, creating light by using darks, colour harmony, and many more.

The first painting of the series is 10x15cm in acrylics on wood. There are many off the shelf frames to choose from for these standard measurements.

painting by Pat Harrison

standard frame

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An Inspiring Book – “Traditional Oil Painting”

Book Review

book by Virgiul Elliot

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Recently I came across a wonderful book at my art supplier´s.
After flicking through it I was hooked and bought Virgil Elliott´s book on “Traditional Oil Painting” which I am now reading for the second time.
It was so very fascinating to learn about his views on contemporary art and find so much valuable information about traditional painting techniques.

So the book really covers so many aspects of oil painting. Virgil also tells us about the lack of skills we are seeing in many modern works of art and he explains how an artist can acquire those skills and learn from the old masters to develop his own style and move on to become a better artist.

At the same time the book does not only lend itself to the oil painter I expect it to be equally useful for the artist who works in acrylics or even in pastels because much of what Virgil says applies to all of them.

After all in order to create an impressive painting you have to learn the skills to draw your viewers in and tell a story. Virgil Elliott´s book will point you in the right direction. Unlike many other books about painting it skips all the usual explanations about which paints, brushes, canvases and easels to use but delves into the principles of layering, using composition, creating lights and darks and much more.

If you are looking for a book to inspire you to learn those traditional techniques this is the one to read.

Although the last edition sold out, there were several copies available at my art supplier´s. If all else fails and enough of us write to the printer´s they may decide to run up a new edition. It is still available from the Stanford works catalogue.

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How to create an Italian landscape from local photos – Video No.247


In this 20 minute video Andrew Tischler shows us how to compose an Italian landscape painting using photographs from his Australian neighbourhood. He starts with pencil sketches to decide on the composition. He then goes on to explain the painting process giving us a run down of the colours he uses as he goes along.

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Mountain Lake in Autumn – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison

Mountain Lake in Autumn

This painting shows the same mountain lake in Austria which I painted earlier in the summer. This time my work covers the scene in beautiful autumn colours.

The painting is 80x60cm in acrylics on wood.

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Printing Larger than A4 on Your Printer

painting by B.C.Koekkoek

fig.1 image size 30x40cm

When you want to transfer sketches or photographs to your painting support you may be looking for shortcuts on how to progress. One way is to print the design in just the right size on your home printer in order to trace it rather than employing the grid method.

There you are met with the problem that most printers only offer A4 size sheets to print on.

Fortunately there are a number of different ways of printing larger images on your A4 printer. One method you can use is based on the HP printers settings where you can tell the printer to spread a document over several pages.

Using Printer Settings

First you set the page size in your word or powerpoint document to the size of your painting support. If the painting is to be 30x40cm that will be the page setting to select. Next you copy the image onto this powerpoint page and resize it to fit the page. Now you can press print and go into the printer options selecting print on several pages or spread over several pages. Some printers may use different wording to achieve this.

Next you cut the printed pages to the size of the image and stick the pages together using sellotape or glue. When that is done you can trace the image onto your support and start painting.

fig.2 ADOBE poster print option

Using ADOBE Options

You can also use ADOBE options to print large images on an A4 printer. Open Office allows you to export a file to ADOBE PDF. So you can transfer above example (fig.1) image size 30x40cm to an Open Office presentation document. Then you can generate a file which can be exported to ADOBE PDF.  Next the PDF file can be printed using the poster setting in ADOBE (see fig.2)

As you can see ADOBE spreads the document over 4 pages. Next you proceed as above cutting the image to size and pasting it together.

Cutting the Image to fit A4 Sheets

fig.3 left half

fig.4 right half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to save paper you may want to cut the image before you create the powerpoint or open document presentation file. You can do that by employing picture editing software such as PAINT or whichever one you are familiar with.

The image in fig.1 is already divided in two. That was done by using the scale setting in the picture editing software and employing the marker tool to select one half of the picture. Next this is copied over to an A4 size powerpoint page. Afterwards you select the other half of the image and copy it to a separate A4 size powerpoint page. Fig.3 and 4 give you the results. Each page can now be printed, cut, and pasted to arrive at a full size 30x40cm template which you can use to trace onto your canvas, board, or paper to paint on.

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How to mix gold and silver paint from primaries – Video No.246


This video shows you in about 2 minutes how to mix gold and silver paints from primary colours. Acrylics are used in the film but similar methods will be applicable to oils and watercolours too.

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How to work from a photo – Video No.245


In this video Phil Davis explains how to transfer a photograph to your support be it a canvas, a board, or paper. In the film the grid method is employed. However, that is not the only way to achieve good results. Instead of drawing a grid on your reference photo you can print or draw the grid onto a transparent sheet or overhead transparency.

You can place the transparent grid sheet over any original you want to work from without spoiling it. Afterwards you continue as demonstrated in the film. In any case it is important to attach the sheet firmly to your template using a removable adhesive to stop it from slipping.

Your transfer will be the more detailed the finer your grid. Always make sure to have the same number of squares on the grids both on the original and on your canvas or board. Otherwise you may fail to transfer parts of the original to your support. The size of the squares on your support is determined by the relative sizes of your support and the original.

If you want to transfer a 10x15cm original to a 20x30cm support the squares on the support must be twice the size of the squares on the original. Therefore the squares on a 40x60cm support must be four times the size of the original grid squares.

There are alternative methods available to transfer an original drawing to your canvas or board which also help you to save time. These will be dealt with in future posts covering projection and tracing.

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80,000 clicks

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

seascape paintings

Thank you for helping me to cross the magic threshold of 80,000 clicks. Your comments and contributions are always welcome.

 

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How to paint drops of water – Video No.244


In this speed painting video Sandor Vamos creates drops of water with coloured pencils. In just over 10 minutes he produces a perfect optical illusion. It does not need explaining just enjoy it and listen to the music. Please CLICK on the Arrow above to start the film.

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2017 Art Auction in Favour of Underprivileged Children

acrylic painting of a fountain

Fountain in a Park

This October one of my works went on auction in favour of underprivileged children in a major city near my home town. My painting was accepted amid many others by several artists who have submitted a painting each.

The number of entries are restricted to one item per artist so I am happy to say that my painting in the photo on the left was one of them. Of course there were abstracts too.

A large number of art collectors and visitors always attended these auctions.

It was important to me that the proceeds from the sale will go to a project supported by the town´s Round Table 26 who want to help children in need.

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