Thought art was lawless? Think again! In order to create a work of art that successfully communicates its message – be it a mood, a sensation, a narrative…it needs to follow the following laws. Who says so? None other than today’s leading British artists, many of whom have extensively exhibited and taught their craft. If you have any other laws to add why not share them with us by commenting below, or telling us your thoughts on our 6 laws of making art.
Dark against light, light against dark – for the figurative artist, tone is king. Chase relative tone rather than local colour. Seek the tones of your colours set in relation to each other.
– Hazel Soan
Watercolourist Hazel Soan has had over 25 one-man exhibitions, produced 16 DVDs on watercolour painting and countless books including ‘The Essence of Watercolour’ , ‘Hazel Soan’s African Watercolours’ and ’10-Minute Watercolours’. She is an expert on Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and frequently delivers workshops, demonstrations and painting holidays. Among her works are characterful figure studies and sensitive depictions of South African Nature.
There is no point trying to be original or to develop a recognisable style. Style is not something you invent. It is like our speaking voices; unique and recognisable the moment we stop trying and just relax into being ourselves.
– Anita Klein
Anita Klein is an London-based Australian Printmaker and Painter. She was President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers from 2003-2006. Her work is in many private and public collections in Europe, the USA and Australia, including the Arts Council England and the British Museum. She is best known for joyful and celebratory depictions of everyday life.
Soraya French is known to work across media including oils, watercolours, acrylics and pastels to produce expressive works filled with light and colour. She contributes regularly to ‘The Artist’ magazine and is also an official GOLDEN Artist Paints and Caran d’Ache demonstrator. She has written 2 books including ’30-Minute Acrylics’ and presented a number of art DVDs including ‘Revealing the Secrets of Acrylics’ and ‘Dynamic Acrylics’ .
You can only paint the smell of damp pine needles by being there: a photograph is a poor substitute for working from the real thing when painting a landscape.
– David Bellamy
David Bellamy is the Artist & Author of “David Bellamy’s Watercolour Landscape Course“, “Skies, Light & Atmosphere in Watercolour“, and the forthcoming “Winter Landscapes in Watercolour”, plus many other books and DVDs.
Whatever you do, do it with complete conviction – anything less will not convince the viewer.
– Hugo Grenville
Hugo Grenville is a figurative painter with international repute. His still lifes, figure and landscape paintings are filled with light, colour and pattern and evoke feelings of hope and promise. He is a regular contributor to The Artist magazine. His painting school, The Grenville School of Painting in Bristol, runs a one-day a week course from September 2014 as well as intense short courses at various venues across the country. For more information please visit http://hugogrenville.com/courses.html