How to achieve harmony in art

Harmony in art is achieved when the elements of an artwork come together in a unified way. Harmony is not chaotic, harmony is not monotony, it is the perfect combination of the two. It can be achieved in a number of ways and this blog post provides tips on how to achieve it.

Shapes - It is important to ensure that your shapes have similar characteristics. Introducing contrasting shapes can lead to visual discord.

Colour Harmony - Colour comes with it’s own complications when you’re trying to achieve harmony. One tip is to use complementary colours. For example, yellow with blue. 

Forms & Marks - Describing forms and making marks that a harmonious is the process of taking into consideration how the eye itself sees. 



How to paint from photographs

Painting from a photograph isn’t as straightforward as it seems, as photos can never tell you the full story of a landscape, object or person’s face. However, they are great for providing inspiration.

If you wanted to turn on of your favourite pictures into a piece of art there are a few things you need to take into consideration to ensure that you do the picture justice… in particular how to utilise local, perceived and pictorial colour. 

Local - Local colour is the natural colour of an object in daylight. Begin painting by focusing on the local colour of the largest shapes in the picture. 

Perceived - Once you have focused on the local colours, move onto the perceived. The perceived colours are the subtle changes in hue due to light around an object. 

Pictorial - Once you believe you have matched up all the colours correctly from the picture, focus on the pictorial colours. Are the colours in harmony? Do they reinforce the focal point?

It is also important to note that that following a photo to a ‘T’ is a big mistake, because the camera lies. You want to reinvent the scene for a painting to work. Use these tips on utilising colour to help with turning a picture into a painting and the rest will follow. 


How to talk about your art

At some point during your career in art, you will need to talk about your artwork. Being able to refine the idea behind your work into a pragmatic discussion can really help propel an artists career. The purpose of this blog post is to provide some insight into what makes an artist a clear and effective speaker. 

Here are four tips to help you when talking about your art.

1. Be honest - Don’t fabricate and create reasons as to the message behind your work. Be true to yourself and the people asking about your work.

2. Practice - Focus on saying the same thing in a number of different ways. This will help you to become more concise when describing your work.

3. Don’t be overly salesy - It is important not to revert to overblown language. Figure out a way to present big ideas using small language. 

4. Know your target audience - The first step for every artist is to asses what’s meaningful for them in their work. Once you’ve figured that out for yourself, figure out how to explain your art to five different people. If you find yourself using the same language then you will be losing four-fifths of your audience. So it is important to know what works best for the type of audience you are talking to, it might take time to refine but once you do you’ll notice the benefits. 

I hope these tips help.


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