PAINTING BEYOND FASHION
Basic painting and drawing principles and techniques from the Renaissance to the present by John Hagan
TABLE OF CONTENTS Intro - Learning to look 1. aerial perspective -6 lessons perspective - the basics perspective - lets go outside veils of atmosphere sunrise and sunset reverse sunset and night clouds, mist and other veils 2. color - 2lessons color the hows and whys color a different approach 3. looking harder - 3 lessons painting waves shadows and transparency 4. light and shade - 4 lessons backlight works its magic side light and turning points front light, and artist's light cascading light and shade 5. drawing texture design-6 lessons drawing and proportion  pattern and texture design and golden mean  6. analysis -5lessons what to paint and why analysis of 'girl with pearl earing' depth of field abstract and texture work chaos and disorder 7. practical application -32 lessons practical painting  portraiture  demo Alexander  demo nude  framing  8. personal paintings used here [press here] advanced art lessons
*The artist's role andmaking a living from painting.     
All artork is by John Hagan unless attributed or known pre- 20th century masterpieces! NEW Information for new CD release! LATEST: A fuller view of particular paintings available as prints can be seen by pressing here.
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Learn topaint pearls - a basic lesson in looking
FIRST THE PEARL - A LESSON IN HOW TO LOOK AT THINGS
An apprentice painter might learn how to hold a brush, mix colors or how to use a palette knife, but it matters nothing if the same person does not learn how to 'look' at things, and to look with the eye of someone who wants to explain the world in terms of paint. After many years of learning to'look' we come to understand the nature of things and how they relate to each other. This first lesson is an entertaining introduction to give you some idea of what I mean by 'looking'. Don't be too worried if the world I now introduce seems alien at first, because as you progress with the lessons, you will begin to understand that the real joy of painting is not so much occupying your hands, as trulyunderstanding the laws, the lights and shades, and the memories of all the things around you.
OK, I think I remember what a pearl looks like. Ah, its been so long between pearls. I will try to construct one from memory, first principles and logic. To begin, let us imagine the largest pearl in the world sits on a red table in a room with a blue ceiling. I am the viewer and I view the perl fromthe front while behind me is a window. Outside it is a fine bright sunny day. Now if the pearl was someone elses 'eye' we must imagine what it would see!!.
It would see me, basic and a little crude - but that dosen't matter at this stage?
The window in the same condition.
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Add a blue ceiling, some walls and a red table (this is roughly what the pearl would see if it could see). Next we squeeze it into a round shape (with a computer this is easy, in a painting you would work backward.) I am a little disappointed at this stage as it looks rather raw and nothing like a pearl. But, staring failure inthe eye, we must proceed (forever faithful to our logic).
So lets us rid ourselves of the black edges. Then, since a pearl is not a perfect mirror, I will blur everything ...
Now we can and add a little milky screen (I somehow remember pearls are a little milky, aren't they?)
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