The number one mistake all beginners make is buying a pre-stretched canvas or canvas board from a discount bookstore and not unwrapping the cellophane from it.
The number two mistake is leaving the canvas white when they start painting.
The first technique I always teach in painting (and a technique I use on 99% of my work) is to cover the white canvas with one solid paint colour which is called a ‘ toned ground’.
This is short for ‘toned background’ and is No. 1 of my painting principles.
It can be called a ‘toned ground’ or ‘coloured ground’ as it can be used in drawing and painting.
Using a coloured ground does a number of fantastic things that are not to be underestimated when starting to learn how to paint.
It can transform your paintings by making them look more professional, increase the speed in creating your paintings and give you a fool-proof method of creating a tonal mood in your work…