Top Ten Tips

1

Limit your pallette to as few colours as possible, usually no more than 6.
2
Use 2 waterpots, 1 for cleaning your brush and 1 for mixing the paint.
3
Work from light to dark.
4
Plan your painting, know what order you will do things in before you start.
5
Use the largest brush you can for each section of the painting.
6
Stretch your paper, it makes such a difference.
7
Do a small sketch beforehand, to help get the composition right.
8
Paint in daylight, or with a daylight bulb. Artificial light is too yellow and you'll tend to overuse the blue paint to compensate.
9
Save all your paintings, no matter how you feel about them. They'll show you how your technique changes over time and you may wish to try some of them again.
10
Keep your coffee cup well away from your water pots. Sooner or later you WILL clean your brush in it!
© Adrian James 2001

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