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Ways to Improve Your Painting

Even the most experienced artists very often feel stuck at some point while working at the easel. You are short of inspiration, you can’t seem to make the painting look complete and at the same time avoid overworking it, you don’t know how to make it exceptional and let the viewer understand the idea you are trying to convey. It usually takes a long time before you see – this is it, this is exactly what you were seeking for. Whether you are into classical genres of abstract wall art, here are five ways to improve your painting without spending days and weeks on that.

1. Make it simple

To create a masterpiece, you don’t need to overuse paint, add too many color hues and fill your canvas with multiple depicted objects. Contemporary art doesn’t require too many elements to create a professional piece of art. Remember “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich and its abstract simplicity. Too much information will never let the viewer concentrate on the primary message and take in the real subject of the painting.

2. Mixed media

Experimenting with art supplies will definitely give you a new insight. You can mix gouache with watercolors, for example. It will endow the art work with lots of different transparencies and make it look fresh and extraordinary. In the same way, you can use India ink and acrylics. Alternatively, try drawing with dry pastels around the edges of an already painted object. A painting with an integrated drawing will also look unusual and help you impress the viewer.

3. Rhythm

Creating a visual tempo on the canvas by repeating a certain pattern in different ways is called rhythm in art. It is one of the main principles you can follow to make the viewer’s eyes dance around the painting. It is believed that listening to music stimulates you to create rhythm. Who knows, you should try it!

4. Unfinished look

This may sound funny but there is no better way to impart magic in your painting than doing nothing to some areas of the artwork. Just leave them unfinished and make the viewer wonder what it is supposed to mean. A similar effect can be achieved if you let the paint drip, emphasizing that this piece is made by human hand, that there was a painting process before the final result.

5. Add contrast

Complementary colors will create the biggest degree of contrast and make the painting visually appealing. You should also include contrast in value for a more successful result. Not only does it add drama and life to the artwork but also helps to create an astonishing play of colors and incredible light effects. This kind of painting stimulates emotional response and evokes strong interest in the viewer. Try using contrast in your own works and you’ll be delighted with the result!