Free Teaching Video: Ornamental Grasses and Negative Painting

Free Teaching Video: Ornamental Grasses and Negative Painting

Negative painting is an excellent method for designing. Abstract shapes can add impact to your painting style no matter which genre you paint in. It is highly suitable to organic shapes in nature, especially simple forms such as grasses. 


Watch This Demo on Negative Painting

This demonstration illustrates how negative painting helps to design while in the painting process. Learn about how the natural and ornamental grasses in Japan are a subject embraced by the laws that govern Japanese Painting and the Seven Grasses of Autumn.  

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Developing Areas With Negative Painting

The final details in a watercolour can cause areas to stand out where you want them to. A few extra touches add to design and depth. Remember that you are adding paint to surround the object causing it to stand out since it appears lighter than the background.

Finished Painting Using Negative Shapes

The final darks and details continue to be painted with negative shapes

Japanese Notan - The Interaction of Dark and Light

Notan means dark-light. It is the interaction between positive (light) and negative (dark).  A quick search brings up images that immediately help us understand negative space.
By using positive and negative space in an interesting way, it defines space, shape and balance. 


“When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture.”

John Constable

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