The Life of John, not Monty Python

LA: So John, what is this painting all about? JK: I was hoping you could tell me. LA: Really...? JK: It was a photograph of a storm over Table-bay on 22 April 2017. It was in the Times and it showed a stormy sky which to me looked purple, and had a single bolt of lightning. I painted the original picture in about an hour, which is rare for me as I usually take six to nine mo...
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Commonly asked Questions for beginner Artists

Do I really need to know how to draw? If you were to attend a university, you would spend a year or two learning to draw before you touched paint. Learning to draw correctly is part of teaching your eye and your hand to work together. How often have you wanted to draw something and then it looks totally different. Learning to simplify every image in basic shapes and drawing...
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Good composition tips

Composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art.
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What’s up in the Wednesday class…The Search for Expressive Brushwork

In Western painting, the use of thick, expressive brushstrokes emerged largely in the late-19th and early-20th centuries; the tendency is visible in many of Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne's landscapes, still lifes, and group portraits, as well as in Henri Matisse's vivid Fauvist paintings. The technique continues to be used by some of the most influential painters working tod...
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