It may seem that with the advent of the digital camera, picture painting is a lost art. Most who own a digital camera take pictures, and they stay frozen on a computer somewhere for years to come. Picture painting – does anyone do that anymore? The answer is a resounding yes!
There are many mediums picture painting artists use. A few are: Painting a picture with Acrylics: Acrylics are a popular choice among artists. They dry fast and can be applied in various degrees of thickness to achieve different textures. However, because acrylics do dry fast, it's hard to blend them, so you have to work faster than say, if you were working with oils. If you're an "experimental artist," you're probably not going to get much pleasure out of working with acrylics. You should have a set image in mind (e.g. be working from a photo or other reproduction) to get the best results. Picture Painting with Watercolors: Watercolors are a time-tested favorite of painters, for a variety of reasons. They dry fast, which means the artist can paint in a variety of locations more easily. They are water-soluble, so cleanup is a breeze. However, painting with watercolors is not for the impatient, or the beginner. Because water colors run (i.e. are hard to control), if you make a mistake, it's not easy to fix, even for the most skilled artist. Hence, when working with watercolors, you have to be patient and as precise as possible. Many artists prefer painting with watercolors though because of the variety of painting techniques it offers. There's the wet brush/wet paper technique; the wet brush/dry paper technique; the dry brush/dry paper technique; and even a technique know as "Gouache." This technique involves mixing zinc with watercolor pigments, which creates an opaque paint. A brief history of watercolor painting: Did you know that cavemen were considered the first watercolor painters because they used water-based pigments to paint images on caves. The first official master watercolor painter did not come along until the late 1400s. He was a German by the name of Albrecht Dürer. In the 1700 and 1800s, watercolor painting spread to the United Kingdom, and finally became popular in the United States in the latter part of the 1800s. Painting a picture with Charcoal: Charcoal is one of the earliest materials used by artists. When you consider that it is a pretty simple form of carbon found deep beneath the earth, it's no surprise that it was used by artists early on. There are two different types of charcoal used by picture painting artists: compressed, which is very dense and black; and vine charcoal, which is light and can be wiped away effortlessly. Many picture painting artists don't use charcoal to create paintings, but it is a medium that tends to be practiced by those who enjoy experimenting.
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