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The Magic of Creating Edges in Your Paintings

In this video, Plein Air Artist Stefan Baumann Discusses abount The Magic of Creating Edges in Your Paintings and why the artist should know about them.

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Painting – The Magic of Edges
Edges are one of the fundamental elements
In my Painting workshops in Mt Shasta offered in the spring and fall, I include a lecture of the 12 Key Rules that an artist must know to create a masterpiece. Edges are one of the fundamental elements included in my list of the 12 Insights that artists need to know. I would put Edges in the top five. How an artist uses edges in a painting is so important that it can make or break a painting. Yet, little is discussed about why some edges are sharp and other edges are not.
To understand edges one must understand how we see. The human eyes can only see one thing at a time, and that thing is limited to being about the size of a silver dollar. In photography, it is called the depth of field. It is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appears to be acceptably sharp in an image. For example, when we look at a face we usually focus on the eyes. Eyes are set 1 1/2 inches apart and are six inches total. Generally, we focus on just one eye. You are aware of this when you are talking to someone with a lazy eye. You feel yourself going from one eye to the other trying to figure out what eye to look at. In a painting, a focal point is the area of focus and the edges in that area should have hard edges. Everything out of that area should be
painted with soft edges. This is how artists recreate how the human brain sees things. Yes, as an object gets farther from you, it gets softer. There is so much more to understand about edges and what they can do for you when you create a Grand masterpiece.

Edges or the quality of line also defines the speed that a viewer looks at a painting. An artist can manipulate the viewer’s speed at which he looks at a painting by using a sharp line, which makes the viewer eyes move quickly throughout the painting causing the experience to be short. A softer or defused line allows the viewer to slow down and even stop as he or she ponders the sensitivity of the line. A line that has varying degrees of hard and soft edges makes the viewer much more interested in participating in the experience of your painting.

Edges also create feelings that the artist can relay to the viewer to increase the experience. When we think of an image that is in high definition, the experience can be defined and harsh with little is left to the imagination, and the experience is one of a quick response. However, a painting painted with soft lines allows the viewer to melt and settle down for a while and relax, enjoying the moment of the line as it travels back and through the painting.

Edges also create depth and a sense of three dimensions in your work. If we paint as we see, the sharper the lines are nearest to the viewer makes the viewer see the object up close with detail. When the object retreats back from the viewer, the object’s edges soften
and often can disappear. This will create the effect that the object is further away and will give the viewer the experience of 3D.

To develop a better understanding of how edges and brushstrokes work together and how to create better edges, a good exercise is to paint a simple subject in a very limited amount of time. I recommend using a 9×12 canvas and one or two medium brushes. An a la prima painting usually is completed in about 2 hours from start to finish. In
order to work with edges, you must work wet on wet. Paint everything without being concerned about the edges first. Make sure you create a strong focal point with hard edges. {See Campfire Chats on focal points and how to understand them. This will be the topic of our discussion in future Campfire Chats, so look for it.}

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Artist Block or Painting Burn Out – How to deal with it

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This week the topic of artist “burn out” came up in my classes and in my phone coaching sessions. Several students told me that they were experiencing fatigue when it came to painting and that they didn’t feel inspired to paint. Many felt guilty and even felt embarrassed and frustrated that they felt that way. Some had even had fears that they might have to give up art altogether. I asked some of our Campfire friends if they ever felt that way and surprisingly, they all said they felt that way at one time or another. They started sharing their stories about what they experienced, why they felt that way, and what they did to get out from under the gloom and doom of ARTIST BLOCK AND BURNOUT.

I use the words “block and burnout” together because they are often the consequences of the same issue. Artist block is real. As artists, we want to create great work. We pour our innermost thoughts and feelings onto our canvases, send them out into the world, and then find ourselves at the mercy of others who view and judge them. The reactions vary from indifference to praise. And though we look confident on the outside, we are not so confident inside. We live with the insecurity of being found out. Our paintings and ideas are bantered by Facebook and Instagram. We are judged to have value by how many likes we receive. And, many of us may have been told that we would never become a successful artist, and deep down we have feared that they might have been right.

Some artists feel inspired to paint all the time, and then find themselves empty of ideas. Often artists prepare for an art show or two, and at the same time enter a new group of paintings to a gallery, present two workshops while traveling back to back across the country on a plein air 20-day tour. All these activities involve moving paintings from house to studio, and studio to shows. All of the above activities can lead to creating artist block that can take days, weeks or even years to overcome. Artist block happens when artistic creativity, energy and desire to even hold a brush disappears, and even the thought of going in the studio sends the artist into a panic. Artists feel the need to work because commissions are waiting to be finished, but nothing inspires us. The artistic well is empty.

I know all about artist block. Over the years, I have experienced artist block myself and I have also coached many artists through these trying times. Artist block or burnout is common. It hits every artist at one time or another. Often artists try to get on track by changing mediums, teachers, or by stopping art altogether. Instead, artists need to acknowledge that they are experiencing artist block and take some time off to recover.

Just like any job, it is important to know when to stop. For example, when you have an art show of your work, come home from a workshop or convention, or you have just traveled for a week of plein air painting, it’s important to immediately schedule a vacation for yourself from your art work. Close your studio door and stop thinking about everything that has to do with art. Or give yourself permission to just quit art altogether for a week or two. Enjoy other things in the world that don’t involve art. Art can be an all-consuming activity. Taking a break sometimes can change your perspective as well as filling the well of creativity.

Also, you may want reevaluate your direction as an artist, but don’t you allow yourself to retreat altogether. Some artists decide to take a break from art and then stop painting all together. Artists who stop creating art because of artist block and fatigue often find it hard to return because the years go by so fast and it is sometimes difficult to return to an activity that created a frustrating block in the first place. Some artists might try to return to art five or even ten years after they stopped creating. These artists can feel desperate when trying to regain momentum and excitement about creating art again, and often regret ever stopping art altogether.

If you are feeling like you’re experiencing an artist block, take a break and then work through it. Spend time at the easel for inspiration to grow. Go to the studio and pick up a brush. Make a mark on the canvas or paper. Have no expectation and no agenda. Fall in love with the pure energy of color and the magic of pushing paint around again. Approach the canvas with new eyes. Try finger painting with oils, use a palette knife, use different methods of expressing yourself, reset your focus and inspire new ideas. Just Don’t Stop. The world is waiting for your vision of all that is beautiful that you see as an artist! If this does not work, call me I will be glad to help you find you way back to your art!

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Portrait Painting Insights

Tn this video Stefan Baumann talk to his students about Portrait Painting Insights and shows a few tips to paint better portraits in your studio. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com.

The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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How To Become A Master Artist

In this video, Stefan Baumann talks to his class about How To Become A Master Artist. You can join him on his website and get a free book on painting. this video discusses the different ways artist go about gaining mastery in becoming an artist and what it takes to make your painting better by practice.

Get a free Book on his website at www.StefanBaumann.com

The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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To Create Great Art One Must Have Desire

Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Plein Air Painting in Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier National Park

Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors painter of Americas National Parks Stefan Baumann goes to Mount Rainier National Park to paint Pline Air a vista of Mt. Rainier with just his oil paints and canvas. Watch as Baumann transforms this majestic mountain on the canvas right before your eyes.

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The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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The Best Information on Artist Painting Panels, Canvas, Brushstrokes and Center Focal Point

Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about The Best Information on Artist Painting Panels, Canvas, Brushstrokes and Center Focal Point.

The Grand View Ranch Artist Retreat. Get my free book on painting secrets and insights by going to my website www.StefanBaumann.com

The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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How To Improve Your Paintings Skills and Make Better Art

In this video, Stefan Baumann talks to his art students about How To Improve Your Paintings Skills and Make Better. Painting is one of the hardest disciplines of the artist and by practice, you can improve your art

Get a free book on art and painting by going to www.StefanBaumann.com ArtInspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Plein Air Painting on location at Yellowstone with Stefan Baumann

In this video Stefan Baumann Paints Yellowstone National Park En Plein Air @ The Grand View Ranch Artist Retreat. Get my free book on painting secrets and insights by going to my website www.StefanBaumann.com #PleinAirPainting #PleinAir #painting #OilPainting #FineArt #WesternArt #ArtCollecting #StefanBaumann #cowboyartistsofamerica h#horsepainting #cowboyart #Pace18 #NatiinalPark #WildLifeArt #horse #workshop #horseart #cowboypaintings #western #ArtForeSale #MountShasta

The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Painting from Nothing – How to create a masterpiece from your Imagination

in this video, you will watch Stefan Baumann talking to his class about Painting from Nothing – How to create a masterpiece from your ImaginationInspiring. How to paint original paintings and compositions.
Millions to paint outdoors This video is to Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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