"In learning to paint, what type of subject one may pick to paint depends on a variety of elements: the sort of medium to be utilized, the degree of intricacy one can fairly handle, the size and sort of support one wants, and so forth. Clearly, topic which will attract a single person might refrain from doing so to another.

That seems apparent, but we do need to advance in our art, and the development of abilities and insight will not be enhanced by limiting oneself to a restricted series of subjects. For instance, while there is a boundless range of still life types, constantly painting still life topics will have a fairly limited impact on our advancement to the level that a broader variety of matter will not.

So it works, on at least some celebrations, to discipline one's self to attempt other types of subject, which may not right away be attractive. It is also instructional to ask oneself why this or that sort of subject is not attractive. Really typically the answer will revolve around specific sort of difficulties we have. If we always prevent such problems, these things are always going to form constraints of greater or less intensity on our creative capabilities. Sometimes, even if there is a subject, which does attract us, we might be postponed due to the fact that it involves among those locations which we have problem with.


One way round this kind of problem is, of course, to require oneself to do exercises on those topics, so that an entire painting, and possibly much time and effort, does not depend upon its outcome.


A major issue can focus on the complexity of a subject. This obviously depends to some degree on what kind of method you require to painting and the level to which, state, a realistic representation matters. Inevitably, even in the latter case, the bulk of paintings, for instance, leave something out. At least in the early stages, it is suggested to omit some parts of a potential image. For circumstances, a group of flowers might look really appealing, but when one comes down to the detail of recording specific flowers, their stalks and leaves, the image can end up being extremely complex.

So start with just one or two flowers and their leaves, etc. very reliable paintings can be produced because way and it is by no methods necessary to have masses of things in an image. Likewise, flowers in a vase will be much easier to recreate if the latter is an easy vessel instead of, say cut glass or one with complicated curves. Outdoors, focus on just a single flower, whether a plant or part of a bush. And do not stress over detailing the background; utilize one or two colours to merge together in a type of out-of-focus method.


Certainly, in a rather intricate subject one can select to leave specific things out and streamline others. There is a bargain of skill and judgment associated with picking what to consist of and leave out. Make the wrong options and the painting might look out of balance or unconvincing. Do not be worried if you make mistakes in this respect - we probable find out more from paintings we get rid of than those we keep! So again, it is better to begin with an easy composition and even exclude components of that prior to trying to reduce intricacy in a detailed subject.

Take a landscape for instance. It might be helpful at very first not to consist of information of trees, bushes, fields, and so on. Instead, start by drawing the line for the horizon. The shot to represent a cloudy sky: consist of some blue however then clouds of differing degrees of darkness. When that looks something like, try to produce a location of land which disappears than yard or heath. Do not divide the image precisely in two. Some really outstanding paintings have been achieved where there is nearly absolutely nothing however sky.

Among the simpler aspects in which to decrease intricacy remains in the background. Professional photographers typically do this by picking speeds and aperture values, at which to shoot which will hone the focal location of a picture while blurring the background - often to a degree where it is difficult to see what the background consists of. In a painting, the same is achieved by choosing colours and tones for a particular background, which improve the subject matter we are truly interested in. Hence colour and tone may be all the background consists of, nothing actual. A white flower, for example, may be placed versus a really dark background of deep reds and/or browns, according to ones option. Intricacy in itself is not a necessary condition for a quality painting, so start by keeping everything simple."