It takes a lot to make a good painting – good composition, good layering, clear focal points, deliberate brush strokes etc. But there are three things that are essential to all successful paintings and we will discuss them in detail in this article. It is not just a matter of recreation in a painting but the forte of a successful artist lies in how they are able to make a good painting of a model or element with the materials they have in hand. All of this will come with years of experience and practise but the development can only happen when you start practising from now on. Now since you are already thinking of what those three factors could be that are essential to a good painting, here they are:
Good Focal Point
The focal point is the prime focus of a painting. It could be in a bold form or subtle form, it could be in any size or could take any shape. The choice of colours in a focal point depends entirely on you and the composition of the painting. The focal points of the painting should express the story of the painting. Everything else in the painting will only help in weaving that story. The focal points in your painting should be able to engage the viewers in your painting.
The colours in your painting can do nothing much if you do not know how to layer them well. The passage from one colour to another should be smooth and should have a realistic touch to it. When we talk about colours, it is that one factor that gives the right feel to the painting. Whether you are looking to give a dramatic feel to it, or a vibrant feel, or a subtle feel or tranquil feel to it – it is solely dependent on the colours you choose. This is the reason why the build-up of colours in the painting should be like a passage where one colour passes over to another in a smooth way.
Direction Of Strokes
Time and over again we emphasise the importance of brushstrokes in a painting. The direction of your brushstrokes speaks volumes about your experience and expertise as an artist. An amateur would stroke the brush on whichever direction he wants which is why he is an amateur but a professional will always render realistic touch to a painting by controlling the direction of strokes in such a way that the brushstrokes are clearly visible.
The way you move your brush around the canvas gives out a statement to the viewers. And if you are doing it in the right way, it will be to your advantage. Be mindful that you don’t stroke in every direction you feel like but keep the angles in mind when you are working your brushes on the canvas.
These three essential factors are used by all professional artists during their artwork which is why their paintings stand out from the rest. The fourth essential which I haven’t told you is Practice, which is a common sense. We cannot be a great artist with practice. Try to make some painting from your friend photo or your home, it will tell you what are the points you should be focus on.
It does not matter if you get the best of painting materials for your work but if you do not know the techniques right and are unsure about how to execute it, nothing will fall in place.
Keep these factors in mind when you paint next and develop the painting in such a way that they fall in place. You will witness the effect of it in the final result. Tell the best story through your artwork and when a viewer understands that story don’t forget to ask them why. Happy Painting!