conceived and developed the 5 Cís of painting in response to the need for a
logical step by step approach to painting any subject in any medium. It is not a
painting style but an analytical tool that
makes learning to paint easy and fun by providing a structure for incremental
development of your painting skills
has since been presented to hundreds of aspiring painters and has proved to be
stunningly successful method of teaching anyone to paint or improve their
paintings out of all recognition.
is concerned with answering the question, What do I want to say in this
painting? It is concerned with creating a mood, eliciting an emotion from
the viewer or connecting with a treasured memory of a place or person. The
difference between great paintings and lesser paintings is that the great
paintings are always based on a clear concept.
contrast and colour are the tools that painters have to present
the concept and answers the question, How am I going to say it?
is about picture design and drawing. You will learn how to design a successful
painting and how to draw quickly and accurately using the 'GMD' system.
uses tonal values to create an impact in a painting by pitching light against
dark. We will use one colour to produce a tonal scale and use the scale and the
tonal layering technique to produce a monochrome landscape painting.
is best tackled first using a limited palette of just three colours. We shall
learn a lot about colour mixing using these three colours and we will convert
our mono-painting into a full watercolour painting
answers the question, When do I know the painting is finished? Many
paintings are ruined by not stopping at the right point. Completion completes
the circle by bringing us back to concept. A painting is finished when we have
said what we want to say.
I am primarily a watercolour landscape painter the 5Cís is a generic system
that enables me to comment on paintings of any subject in any medium.
book and DVD entitled ĎThe 5 Cís of Paintingí will be available shortly.
Watch this space.
an example of the 5Cís in action click