Tuesday, February 22, 2011



  1. Clouds aren't pure white, they reflect the color of the sky. This is clearest at sunrise and sunset, when clouds turn shades of yellow, red, and pink. They also have shadows. Skies aren't simply blue. They're build up of various tones of blue.

  2. Experiment by adding colors such as orange, purple, gray, yellow and crimson to your blues.
  3. Don't try to paint every detail in clouds. Learn to identify the different types of cloud as each has its own characteristics. For example, cumulus (thunderstorm) clouds have some hard edges to them.
  4. Take photos of different types of clouds to create a reference portfolio.As clouds recede towards the horizon, their colors become paler and their shapes less distinct.


  1. Experiment with various brushes, and brush strokes. Experiment with colors. Your paintings will have more feeling in them.
  2. Try painting the shadows in clouds, rather than the light parts.
  3. Some clouds are long, some fluffy, some appear as streaks. Refer to different types of clouds from your observations and note the colors in them. also note the time of day you are observing- it may help you in the paintng.
Refer to my web site  ( http://www.paintingsbylinda.net/)  for various expressions on clouds. The "Mysitcal Series" and "Surreal Series" have unusual concepts and exciting color combinations of clouds. The unusual color combinations give it a surprise that makes it bolder and exciting, at the same time creating a mystical concept.

Monday, February 21, 2011

When you Talk About Your Paintings

When You Talk About Your Paintings:

Here are some tips to ask yourself and perhaps answer questions from other people about your paintings that you create.

1.    Do you have any questions that I can answer?
2.    Are you interested in a particular painting?
3.    What is it that you especially like about this piece?
4.    Would you like to hear what inspired me about this painting?

These are questions that may inspire you to create more of the same subject, style, technique (whatever the strong points are).

Remember Art is very personal. What inspires one person may not inspire the other.

Your number one person to please is yourself. It is important however to get opinions and feedback on what you paint!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011



Painters should find their own style through developing skills, deciding what they want to say and finding their own voice.

If 10 different artists were placed at the same location to paint, you would see 10 very different interpretations of a subject.

  1. Develop your visual and interpretative skills through practice (visual awareness)
  2. The more you look---the more you see.
  3. Learn to clear your mind (use your imagination)
  4. Conquer a fear of failure
  5.  By painting works created by others, an artist never feels growth and confidence.
  6.  Creating only what will sell, misses the entire point- you must paint from your heart.
  7.  Decide what reasons you are painting
  8.  Improve technical ability and detail

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Creating Art

 You don't need to be a painter-some of my postings apply to crafts as well. We can gain knowledge of our craft through opinions and techniques of others.

If you create, lets hear from you !