What are the 7 Painting Principles and why do they matter?

“Painting is drawing with the added complication of tone and colour.”
Harold Speed – The Science & Practice of Painting

My philosophy is, less is more.

By focusing on the ‘7 Painting Principles‘ I offer a distilled approach to classical painting.

The following principles will give you a solid foundation for anything you chose to paint, regardless of subject or medium.

They are the why behind the how.

You’ll discover why you should be selective with composition, why colour mixing ‘works’ (and why it doesn’t), and see the benefits of dramatic use of contrast.

Below are links to posts and free video tutorials that fall under the 7 principles so you can work through the articles chronologically, as if you were in my studio, taking you on a journey from amateur to an artist.

1. Coloured ground

2. Contrast & value

3. Composition

4. Colour mixing

5. Perspective

6. Negative space

7. Glazing



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