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How to Paint a Masterpiece

Every painting has it own story to tell, about how it had evolved, how it has come into existence. From the moment of conception in the mind of an artist to the final touches of the brushes, the painting travels on many roads, lanes, and bye-lanes. It is always interesting to know how the panting that would be branded as master piece was painted. Here we would discuss how the excellent painting of Water Goddess was painted by the artist Linda Diane.

If we look at this painting we would not miss noticing that the painting can be dissected in four parts, if we want to look it so closely. The important four parts would be the painting of the sky, the robe of Goddess, her face, and finally the landscape with water. We would discuss it one by one in respect of their painting; the artist's use and choice of colours; and the how the under-painting has helped in making the whole frame so outstanding.

We would discuss it one by one in respect of their painting; the artist's use and choice of colours; and the how the under-painting has helped in making the whole frame so outstanding.

The Sky: Let us start to understand how the journey of making a masterpiece starts. In the above painting, we can see the beauty of sky on the above half of the frame. The colours of a painting get their tonal values with the help of a good under-painting. Here the sky had a layer of opaque and mixed colours: King’s blue and grey is mixed with white tint. It gives a strong base for the upper layer where Linda Diane would use nickel yellow and transparent while to high light the sky. In the image given here, we can see the painting in progress. it would give an idea about how an artist prepares a plan for his or her painting and how the painting looked when it was in the process of creations.

The Face: It is said that the painting of face makes or breaks the whole painting. While doing a painting that would be a masterpiece, an artist takes much care in selecting a colour scheme for the painting of face. If we look at the face of Water Goddess, the subtlety of mouth, nose line and the shine of eyes are the first aspects that attract our attention. Here the use of Burnt sienna and shell pink mixed with a little titanium while have made the face so glowing. The soft curves of lips help in making the face so pleasant looking. Warm colours for face and the cool blue of the robe make the face looking so prominently.

The Robe: In this painting, grey is extensively used to make the other colours shine. Look at the creases of the robe the Water Goddess is wearing. Here the combination of ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, and tint violet are put on an under-painting done with opaque grey colour. That had made the robe look a little bit thicker, giving us the feel of divine. If we use white, preferably titanium while from a good company, we can make highlights on blues. All these colours can be purchased from a good art dealer. Unlike in past, we can get colours of good qualities now a day. Only we have to choose a reputed producer of the colours and a trustworthy dealer for the painting materials.

The City of Vancouver

in Background: In renaissance period, the artists would paint figures keeping some landscape in background. In those days the landscape painting was not considered as an individual limb of painting. Here Linda Dina has used the city of Vancouver as background. The buildings shown at distance provide the Water Goddess a feel of nearness. Here again the artist has shown her skill in using the burnt sienna and raw umber. These subdued colours have given a push to the appearance of the yellow and red used for the light. The presence of cool water, painted in blue, gets its presence marked with the help of warm back ground.


Canadian Artist, Linda Diane Taylor describes her art as taking an idea or a vision to the canvas and moulding colour and dimension. In her art she would create a message, a question or an emotion. She has read the old masters extensively and get inspirations from them. For her paintings, she has taken clues from the old master oil painters, tribal designs and their visions. Her style is eclectic, and she keeps it ever-changing and developing.While choosing colours she does not compromise on quality; as using the highest quality paints ensure a vibrant and long lasting result. To see more paintings by Linda Diane Taylor,CLICK HERE

[ All the images are put here with express permission from the artist. all the copyright remain with the artists Linda Diane Taylor ]

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