How often have we heard someone dismiss a piece of art because it doesn’t look ‘real’? It is almost as if a work of art has to conform to a given set of visual rules before it can be accepted as art in some people’s eyes. It ...
18, December 2012Paul Priestley
How artists make images appear to be 3D In some ways artists are very much like magicians, they use 'tricks, to make us think that a flat surface actually contains a 3 D image. It wasn't always like that, pre-renaissance before perspective was understood the story of the painting was much ...
8, June 2012Paul Priestley
Drawing is the the fundamental basis of painting; drawing an object lets us understand it, know it and learn more about it’s structure, not to mention how light falls upon it and plays tricks with our perception. Picasso used to say, ‘ I do not paint what ...
2, March 2012Paul Priestley
It is easy to talk about techniques and methods of painting, colour mixing and how to apply paint, but none of these important issues are relevant, unless you have some idea of what you want to paint.Often it is getting the ideas that is the most difficult bit, so this ...
30, September 2011Paul Priestley