The Joy of Painting Pictures

When first starting to paint on a canvas it was a total new experience for me. My first baby was just a few weeks old and while walking with him past a shop it was fun to go in and explore the paints and things on display. Something inside was pushing me to buy some and have a go. Selecting a few student oils on the advice of the shop keeper it meant taking some canvas boards and brushes along with me.

A nice picture of the Darling River in New South Wales was the inspiration for my first painting. Believe it or not that work still hangs on the wall in my home some 48 years later. Despite it being in student oils it is as good as the day it was painted.

Since then many paintings have followed and graduating to artist oils was not such a big deal. The results are magic and over time they seem to grow in colour and perfection. Tempted to put a few in exhibitions was another experience as it taught me that good paintings are valuable to others as well as myself.

The gift artists have to draw and paint beautiful scenes is extra special and many have natural talents born within them. This happened to me. As a young child there were always paintings pouring out of me over paper using chalk as the medium. That was all there was available in those days as it was during the Second World War years mainly.

With memory of my reincarnation it is highly likely that in my previous life art was one of my pastimes. Carrying such things over from one life to the next is something my experience taught me. This was emphasised because of the other language that also came with me and through which my communication with the Spirit of the Universe continued.

It was obviously that link that led me into the craft shop that day and which has guided my hand ever since. Painting is one of those wonderful hobbies that allows the inner voice to be heard. It sill guides me in everything I do and probably no more so than while painting and writing.

For anyone who believes they would get pleasure from expressing their talents on canvas there is nothing stopping them from giving it a shot. They don’t need much to start and there is no telling where it might lead them. They don’t need to even draw these days as one can project an image onto the canvas and paint it. There are also many different techniques and paint mediums now that range from water colours to pastels and so on.

 

6 Tips for Painting on Canvas

While a blank canvas can be used for painting, you have to do it with a lot of care. Being full of ideas is not enough. If you want to be on the right track, we suggest that you use the following tips for painting on canvas. Read on to know more.

1. Get Your Canvas Ready

First of all, you should go for a pre-stretched canvas or just stretch the one you already have. Your next step is to prime it. Oftentimes, you can use gesso for this purpose. This is available in a lot of types and can be used with oil paint, tempera, or acrylic, just to name a few.

Gesso protects the canvas fibers and improves the painting surface. As a result, you will have to use less amount of paint for the work you want to do. Using the oil sparingly will save you a good deal of money.

2. Set The Mood

Aside from gesso, another great option is to apply a certain tone to the canvas for setting a mood. For example, a sharp white canvas may not be the right choice for a stormy painting. On the other hand, a simple coat of bluish-gray may offer a moody surface for your desired look, which is what you want.

3. Canvas And Supplies

You should decide on the workplace first. The canvas can be upright or it can be placed on a flat surface near your palette. All you have to do is make your work a lot easier by making the right choice. You may want to get you painting supplies ready. The things you will need include water, palette knives, and paint brushes, just to name a few.

4. Choose The Right Brushes

Some brushes work better for canvas painting. For example, you can’t use water color brushes on hard canvas surfaces. These brushes are too soft and can’t be used on rocks and other hard surfaces. Generally, oil paint brushes or acrylic brushes are a better choice. They come with stiffer bristles and longer handles.

5. Try AN Underpainting

Typically, canvas is used for non-transparent paints. However, they also offer a great opportunity for you to try an underpainting. As a matter of fact, this allows you to create an outline that can add an impressive dept to the art piece. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you try an underpainting as well.

6. Adjust Colors

Usually, oil paints look the same when dry, but acrylic paints look slightly different as soon as they dry out. All you have to do is adjust the colors properly so that the end product is not different. For this, we suggest that you paint a small area of the canvas and let it try to see the results.

So, if you have been looking for help with your canvas painting project, we suggest that you try out these 6 tips before making a start. Hopefully, these tips will make the job a lot easier for you.