Painting Styles – What You Need To Know

Different Painting Styles

Realism painting is a wide-variety of painting styles, which all have their own unique look. In reality art can go from an abstract painting style right through to the hyper-realistic painting style, but when viewed at a distance it seems very realistic. Then you throw in surrealism in for good measure.

Types of Paintings

The two main styles of realism painting are Abstract Expressionism. An Abstract painting involves using a whole lot of colour, while an Abstract Expressionist style uses the colours to make a very strong statement about an emotion or feelings. Some paintings feature a lot of bright white and black, while others feature a lot of bright colours, especially red and orange. It can be hard to find painting styles that cover all the bases so it’s best to get the best balance in your chosen painting style.

More On Balance

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Achieving a balance of colours is quite important, as there are so many different shades of red, orange, green, blue and other bright colours that each have their own special impact on the viewer’s mind. However, the right combination of colours isn’t always easy to achieve, so it’s best to use as much colour as you need to create the illusion of depth. This means that if a painting features too many bright colours in it, then it will make the painting look crowded and cluttered, so it’s best to focus on one or two colours that really stand out.

Another key factor when painting is texture. Many paintings will feature a number of different textures such as ragged lines, smooth textures, and even a few different textures. For example, there are paintings where you’ll find smooth lines, while in another painting you’ll find ragged lines, and the same applies with textured paintings.

What To Avoid

As for the colours, remember to avoid painting too many colours. When a painting is too crowded, it looks messy, and it doesn’t have that natural flow. So when choosing a painting style, pick one or two colours that really stand out, without over-extending the painting and making it look messy. It’s not always a good idea to paint a single colour as the whole colour either – although if you’re feeling artistic it’s OK, it’s best to choose a colour for one aspect of the painting and then use a contrasting colour for the other.

When it comes to colour, you also need to remember to choose your painting style with care. For example, you might want a painting with a lot of vibrant colours and then decide later that you don’t like the colours too much – so you can always choose different colours and change your painting style to suit this.

More Information on Painting

Painting styles can be quite different depending on whether you’re painting indoors or outdoors. If you’re painting inside your painting will tend to look a bit more formal, so it’s a good idea to choose a painting style that uses different colours and light to create a more natural effect.

Outdoor painting has a different look altogether, so it can be best to pick a painting style that is less formal, and uses less colours. This can sometimes mean choosing a painting style that is in black and white and then using a lot of different colours and tones on the outside of the painting.

There are also a few more options when choosing a painting style. For example, in oil painting, there’s an option called ‘pointillism’, which uses small holes made in the ground to create images on canvas. These are often very unique looking – and you might want to consider using this technique in order to create something that is really unique and special. Another option is called ‘contemplation’ where the artist focuses on the detail in the painting, creating a work of art from very small details.


Another important element when choosing a painting style is the depth. The depth refers to the space between the lines. If you’re painting an image on canvas that has a high level of depth, it will appear to be much more dynamic than a painting with low levels of depth. Therefore, when choosing a painting style, make sure that it’s well above the level of normal painting.

It’s also important to think about the amount of light that is used in a painting style. For instance, some paintings, such as abstract art, tend to be brighter, whereas others are more subdued, and you’ll need to choose a painting style that will allow for this difference.

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