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Welcome to localartist.org.uk.  The purpose of this site is to enable artists of all levels to showcase their work in an environment that encourages them to contribute good quality material that otherwise would remain beyond view in private collections, often never seeing the light of day.

We are based in the United Kingdom, and although the central focus of the material is UK-based, we will be welcoming submissions from all over the world.

 
Mixed Media - to use or not to use

There is a temptation amongst beginners to describe a painting as having made use of one medium in its creation when, in fact there are more than one. The finished work should be described as a mixed media product. If graphite (pencil) is used it not purely a watercolour painting. If body paint is included to add white for instance, it should be included in the description. Many artists use acrylic paints to fill in the blocks of paint before finishing with oils. This can hardly be described simply as an oil painting. Waterproof pens add detail and depth to watercolour depictions and should be described as line and wash or wash and line, depending on which was used first.

 
Depth in Watercolour

One dimension that adds depth to watercolour painting is the amount of pigment on the brush. New artists to this medium are often afraid of adding much pigment in case the finished product is too heavy but that can be a mistake. Although watercolours are noted for heir airy quality, the omission of enough pigment results in a thin wash, and because the drying process allows the paint to fade, the end product is washed out and without the required depth for the painting to work.

The study of the works of JMW Turner reveals that applying slightly heavier washes give better results and that is all the proof I need.

 
Turn your holiday photographs into works of art

Most of us have a particular view taken whilst on holiday that we treasure for some reason. The sunrise over the sea, the lights over the mountains from a setting sun or people we met from far afield. Lots of us have cameras ready to record places visited and experiences that will stay with us. But artists have an additional skill that can record these things with extra feeling.

 
Ways to see what we draw

Trying to take in a view in front of us is pretty overwhelming: what dimensions to use, (how big); what to include (that tree's too big); Can I move something I don't like in that position? Questions present themselves before we even start. Holding up a mount of a holdable size helps us to enclose the view and focuses the mind on which part of the area to include. Taking a photograph of various angles enables us to see the view from its best perspective. Don't include everything in front of you. It isn't necessary nor is it practical. Paintings have to include only what is necessary to be interesting and to create the right mood.

 
The Third Dimension - 3-Dimensional Paintings

The need to represent the third dimension in paintings is sometimes overlooked, particularly by beginners to the medium.

Working in two dimensions (paint on paper or board), it is easy to forget that we need to create form in three. Omitting brushstrokes that travel around the branch of a tree, adding shading to each extension of the human body or natural phenomenon results in flat surfaces. Shape is created by shading, light to dark or vice versa. Abstract forms, are the exception to the rule. No shading is required.

Beginners can find the concept of the third dimension difficult and, thus, wonder what is missing from their work. Form and depth.

 
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