HOW TO Oil Painting Final Touches – Leaving your Mark


ZamamiIslandBoats1440“Zamami Harbor Boats” by Peggy Burkosky
Here we have the completed oil painting “Zamami Harbor Boats” with it’s final design checks in place. We consider all the design principles: unity, conflict, dominance, balance, repetition, alternation, gradation and harmony. All of these principles affect the elements of design: line, value, color, texture, shape, size, direction.
The oil painting techniques we utilize can have a lot to do with the flair of a finishing touch. The “tool mark” of a palette knife or brush, the squiggle and elegant stroke of a rigger brush – these are personal marks that tie things together. They leave a suggestion of confidence and finality and besides, they’re a lot of fun!

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