Welcome to

The Painting Lesson:

A great big illustrated glossary of words used by painting teachers

(including some French and Italian as necessary)

by Linda Carson

My first palette knife was a gift from my parents,
    Bill & Veronica Carson, when I was 12 years old.

big black pig studio
98 King St. N., Waterloo
Ontario Canada
www.bigblackpig.com


You can't learn to paint just by looking at paintings.
However, you can't learn to paint without looking at paintings.

The Painting Lesson is divided into four sections:

  1. About COLOUR
  2. About PAINTING
  3. About PAINT
  4. REFERENCES

About COLOUR

Colour theory Colour theory is how we talk about and work with colour. This is the stuff painters study so we can shop for paint, choose great neighbouring colour within a painting, and mix the same colour two or three sessions in a row.

About PAINTING

Painting techniques Techniques for applying paint are as varied as the artists who use them. There's no such thing as an exhaustive list, but this section covers the well-known methods I've seen used most in the studio. These are the techniques so useful we've given them names.

Composition Composition includes all the "what goes where" decisions in painting.

The only rule in painting The only rule in painting is "thick over thin, fat over lean." What's that about?

About PAINT

Special paint media Some paints are different from the oils or acrylics you may have used before. What are these paints made of, what do they look like, and how do you clean the brushes after you've used them?

Paint for special effects Special effects can be achieved with new pigments and finishes. How do they work, and are they useful?

REFERENCES

Clickable glossary Glossary of all the keywords explained in The Painting Lesson (in alphabetical order).

Gallery Gallery of all the illustrations used in The Painting Lesson.

References Reading list of books and websites to read after you read this site.


Linda Carson founded the big black pig studio in 1994 to avoid getting a Real Job. The first rule of the big black pig studio is:

  • Don't put down anyone's work, especially your own.
The second rule is:
  • Don't lick the brushes.



Art & Text (C) Linda Carson 2002

Loosely translated, that means:
"Please don't copy this material or redistribute it in some other form, for any reason. This is my livelihood."