This is a painting I did of a scene in Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. My husband and I camped in the park and watched the sun rise over the ocean.
Good Morning, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2007 Kathryn Beals
This is my most recent painting, another in my night sky series. I just got a new video camera for my time-lapse paintings, and I’ll be posting the full video from this one soon. Here’s the finished painting:
Passage, 24″x 30″, acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2014 Kathryn Beals
This is a memory of camping in northern Alberta, Canada, one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived. Here’s my step-by-step process below in video stills:
I started with my large filbert brush and quickly painted on layers of blue and white in a circular pattern. This is a mix of Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo blue and Anthraquinone blue, mixed with Titanium white and Carbon black. I didn’t worry too much about the shape and blending at this point, I just worked to quickly get the canvas covered in color.
Welcome! I’m posting a series of tips for beginner artists, based on my own experiences as a self-taught painter. If you’re starting out on a budget, this is my trial-and-error guide for what you need to get.
I’m continuing my series on acrylic painting for beginners. Again, you should be spending most of your budget on a small number of artist grade colors and brushes, avoiding the large “student” sets and unnecessary extras. Quality paint and brushes will make the biggest difference in your results.
Plan on spending $5-10 for each brush. You’ll be tempted by the large, cheap, 12-piece bristle set for students, but don’t buy it. These brushes are not usually very good quality, and you won’t use all those sizes. Nothing can frustrate you faster than bad brushes.
Brushes for heavy texture paints like acrylic and oil are stiffer than watercolor brushes, so make sure you’re shopping in the right section. You can choose from a range of natural (animal hair) or synthetic fibers. Both work well in my opinion, but I really like the Princeton Best synthetic series for overall value.
I grew up in rural Canada, and I spent many nights camping in beautiful places. This is one of my new paintings from this year, and it’s become one of my favorites because it takes me back to that feeling of sleeping under the stars. Here’s the full finished painting:
Wonder, 24″ x 30″, acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2014 Kathryn Beals
Welcome! I’m going to be posting a series of tips for beginner artists, based on my own experiences as a self-taught painter. If you’re new to painting, this is my trial-and-error guide for what you need to get started on a budget.
My primary medium is acrylic on canvas, which I recommend to all beginners since it’s a water-soluble medium (no solvents needed) and you can paint over your mistakes and start again on the same canvas whenever you want. There are some arguments to be made for learning in watercolor, but I’ll be talking about acrylics only in this post. My advice is to spend most of your budget on a small but careful selection of high-quality paints and brushes, rather than the large cheap beginner sets, and I’ll explain why.
When you go to the store to buy paint, you’ll see that there are two grades; student quality and professional or “artist” quality. Some brands carry both. The main difference, other than price, is that professional quality paints have a much higher pigment concentration, meaning more pigment and less filler. With artist quality paints, your colors will be more vivid, mixing will be easier, and you won’t need to use as much paint.
When choosing paint, beginners tend to gravitate towards the large, budget “student” sets with a lot of colors. However, you’ll develop more mixing skill and have better results if you just start with quality paint in a few basic colors. These are Golden Professional Heavy Body acrylics, the brand I use, but in general just look for a type that doesn’t say “student”.
Welcome! I’m rebooting my art technique blog, How I Paint. I’ll be posting painting tips, works in progress and videos.
Beyond, 24″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals, 2014
This is one of my new paintings, which I’ll be covering in more detail soon. While I’m getting the blog up and running, you can check out more paintings at my main site, kathrynbeals.com. Thanks for visiting!