Elements of Design – Tonal Value: Part II. Tonal Value and Painting Practice (Value Study)

In Part I we talked about value scales and the relationship of value and color. Now that we understand how color and value work, we’re going to put this knowledge into practice. As we discussed in the previous article (and I highly recommend you to read it before proceeding), proper, and to an extent, accurate judgment of each individual color and the infinite mixes you…

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Elements of Design – Tonal Value: Part I. Value Scales, Values & Colors

Thus far we covered four elements of design in this series: Shape, Line, Size and Direction. Today we are going to have a look at tonal value. Since understanding value is crucial to good design, and there’s a lot to cover, I’m going to present this topic in several parts. This way the information should be more easy to process. In this article I’m going…

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“PAINTING IS A PATTERN OF COLOR SHAPES” Video Lesson

Hi and welcome back to another video demonstration. Color, shape and value is a very important, basic and very fundamental trinity of elements that work very closely together. For any color has an inherent value of lightness, or tone. Shape cannot be omitted either, as any use of color results in a shape – be it a random smudge, dot, line, in other words, any…

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Elements of Design – Direction

Hi and welcome back. In this this fourth article in the series on the Elements of Design I am going to discuss direction and explain what it is and how it functions in the context of a painting design. In Frank Webb’s Composition for the Painter, the chapter on direction is subtitled as follows: That’s as on point as it gets. There is a couple…

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Elements of Design – Size

Welcome to another discussion on the elements of design. Today I’m focusing on Size. Although all elements are equally crucial to producing a good painting, I consider the understanding of the elements from my previous two articles, shape and line, to be the most important of the lot. Shape and line are the two marks of which paintings are made after all. Size, however, certainly…

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“Nontraditional Watercolor” Painting Demonstration & Lesson [w/ Video]

Hi and welcome back to Atelier Novotny. Today’s lessons is going to be fairly brief. Although there are several aspects about this demonstration worth pointing out, I want to focus only on two in particular. As the title of this article suggests, here again I present a nontraditional way to paint watercolor. I spoke very extensively and thoroughly about this approach in my previous article…

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Update: Website Design and Branding

Hi everyone and welcome back. Today I only have a short update regarding my website. As you may have noticed, in the past few weeks my website has undergone a few major design changes. I hope that this current configuration is going to stay in place going forward. You certainly noticed that there were several redesign attempts since I launched the website last year. I…

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“Easy Layering Watercolor Technique” Painting Demonstration & Lesson [w/ Video]

Hi and welcome back to my website. In today’s lesson I paint a watercolor painting using a 3-layer approach. I layer washes on top of each other, thoroughly drying each layer before applying the next one. This approach makes use of watercolor’s unique property – transparency. This technique is very accessible, I think, because it allows us to approach the painting in stages, refining as…

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