Making exquisite painting? Try preliminary painting!

Everyone knows that for someone to come up with a very good performance, one must practice first before the big day come. Same goes with other things that needed to be practice first before you gain the success you wanted.

We all know that in this life, practicing beforehand will always help us to achieve the goal we ever wanted. And same goes for the artists. Through creating a painted study, they get there practice too.

For the beginners to understand better what I’m saying, painted study is simply a preliminary exploratory work made before beginning the final painting.

I’m not promoting completing a study before every painting because the process itself could hinder the naturalness that is so significant in many works of art. However, when working on a complicated painting, this might work to save your time and lessen your anxiety about the project.

Depending on the project or painting you will make one might take one to two hours to finalize a study. However his/her time did not go to waste. Below are a few advantages;

  • While it is possible to fix errors in a watercolor painting, getting it right in the first pass will keep the artwork fresh and spontaneous.
  • Once you did a study, most probably you will have a fewer problem with the actual painting. Preliminary studies also reveal challenging areas like in palette choices, mixing of colors, values, light source issues, composition, etc.
  • It would be a more enjoyable painting experience for you since you already know where problems would likely to occur. It will make you more confident, faster in creating your painting and less stressed.
  • With the “taking all the risks” attitude during the study phase, your brush strokes will be inclined to become less on purpose, more spontaneous. In the end you will find out that you are taking creative risks, after all it’s only a practice.
  • After you finished the painted study and you are ready to start the real one, your study becomes a working copy that you can actually experiment on as you do your final art piece.

So, have you ever tried to do preliminary study before you make your painting? If you haven’t, I suggest you try it for yourself. This is a good idea when you are making a complex contemporary painting. You might also want to visit abstract art gallery and look among those gallery paintings and study how the artists made them.

Comparing the art pieces of two Masters

The 20th century might be the rising of the social, political, and economic world. Indeed, it also gives its way to a huge change in the art world. Among those artists on this period, two revolutionary artists, Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne made their way in finding new ways of representing nature, but definitely in different style.

Monet, being one of the great leaders of the impressionist art movement, studied the way in which outdoor light plays upon nature. His way was not meant to be much defined that makes his pieces most effective when seen at distance still, it is very clear what his paintings are.

On the other hand, Cezanne’s art pieces show early evidence of what would eventually be known as the Cubist art movement. This movement was accidentally built out of a reaction to Impressionism. Like Monet, he did not present a clear and concise picture of the world, but he was totally different from Monet in a sense of how he went about it.

Examples of their art piece

The oil painting entitled Banks of the Seine, Vetheuil that was made by Monet in 1880 is one of the many perfect landscapes he was recognized for.

What he wanted to do is to present a single moment of light and bring to us the feelings and emotions regarding the power of Nature. His purposeful division of subjects leads the eye spontaneously from one plane to another. He started with detailed concentration on the flowers in the meadow that lead us into the water of the pond, then to the trees and shrubs in the background, and then into the sky above.

Cezanne painted very well the Le Chateau Noir in 1904 which is a landscape.

His painting was different from Monet’s, but in the Le Chateau is illustrated in unnatural way and without a balanced composition. And if Monet used soft, somewhat pastel-like colors, Cezanne used bold, dark, contrasting and striking colors to express his images.

What are the comparison of Monet and Cezanne’s techniques?

Regarding with Monet’s technique, he painted like an Impressionist where the images was carried in his mind before he actually painted it, and just suggested to the viewer through a huge number of small, energetic strokes of pure color. Except for the colors that meets the other on the canvas, they were unintentionally blended and layers of colors were used to come up with the animated effect of the paintings.

Also, Monet’s water is composed of many, several layered brush strokes of different hues to present how the outdoor light is reflected from its surface.

Contrary to that of Monet, Cezanne used a more mechanical, uniform method, and even prevents himself from the intimacy of Impressionism by taking a viewpoint far away from the Chateau and peeking through the trees at it.

Also in contrast to Monet’s way of painting of small, energetic brush strokes on his entire canvas, Cezanne painted with large flat brush strokes and dark lines, at times giving his paintings a feeling of disorder, and certainly showing us a glimpse of Cubism with his more basic cube-like shapes.

We can say that Monet was fond of the effect of light in Nature so that he could expose its natural beauty; on the other hand, Cezanne was more systematic and manipulative, studying nature to reduce it to its simplest forms.

All in all, Cezanne and Monet both presented inventive and innovative ideas of how to capture nature on canvas and were those techniques and philosophies which led the way to Modernism in the art world.

Try to look and view some of Monet’s and Cezanne’s artwork in some abstract art gallery online or search among the gallery paintings with the same techniques used by these two artists. You might also want to buy abstract art painting or any contemporary painting to decorate on your wall.

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