When I painted these tulips today I was thinking about how there are little pieces of things I have learned from taking workshops, looking at DVD's, and studying online blogs.
These are things I was thinking about today and yesterday doing these two paintings:
Robert Johnson - put a brush stroke down once and leave it alone (scrape it off if it looks wrong and start again rather than messing around with it on the canvas.
Qiang Huang - just watched his new DVD which is terrific. I like the brushes he uses, too. Qualita from Jerry's Artarama. Awhile ago I bought the 1-inch angular one that is very versatile. I recommend his DVD. Great info about value and basics of oil painting!
Nancy Franke - starts on a white canvas but retains her darks so well. Use big brushes.
Dreama Tolle Perry - having a transparent dark underneath to help retain the darks. Use color like confetti.
Every teacher I have ever had emphasizes darks and artists I have studied online also do this.
Carolyn Anderson - don't paint up to the lines (from original drawing), but over the line and inside the line. She is a great person to study regarding edges. Think of shapes, not lines.
Somewhere I read that using red, yellow and blue in the background gives it luminosity. There is also a lot written about pulling colors of the painting into the background. Color is in the air.