Saturday, December 18, 2010

Going Negative

If you paint the forest, the trees will come.  Painting the areas that are not the subject, but rather the background will give a unity to the background.  Then you can cut into that layer and "find" trees by painting what's behind them.  Repeating this, each time going darker, will grow you a forest in no time!  For variety's sake, add a positive shape tree or two where it comes up against the light.  This technique can be used in depicting buildings, flowers, schooners, and abstract designs. 
Think negative!

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