Painting of Coldingham Bay watercolour

How to Paint Guide

A FEW SIMPLE TIPS ON PAINTING WITH LOW VISION

By Barrie Goodfellow,registered blind artist.

Painting is a very enjoyable pastime and should be developed slowly to obtain maximum enjoyment.

Selecting the correct medium

There are several types of paint available being watercolour, acrylic, gouache and oil. For the sake of simplicity I would recommend any beginning to start by using watercolour as it is easier to get used to the colours and the general application throughout. You may however want to progress to acrylic, gouache or oil at a later date.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO GET STARTED WITH WATERCOLOUR

SHOPPING LIST

Footnote If you decide to buy tubes, the excess paint left on the plate is reusable even weeks after; just rub over with a wet brush.

Start Painting

Practise on the scrap pad first. Select a few colours and play about with them stretching them as far as you can in a circle. This will give you some idea of how they can be applied on a main painting. When selecting your main painting, keep it simple; seascapes, landscapes are nice to start with and use bright colours; plenty of cadmium yellow, cadmium orange and azure blue and just follow your heart. You will find it helpful if in the first instance you cover your entire canvass with a thin coat of yellow or blue mixed with water; this will enable you to have a better contrast throughout . Do not worry if your first few paintings are not a success, it is only for relaxation and enjoyment.

Now enjoy your painting you will improve with practice and you will learn from your own mistakes. Just enjoy painting.

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