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Texture In Your Art

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 8/10/2017 9:30:02 AM

This post is by guest author Jennifer Stottle Taylor , This article has been edited and published with the author's permission. We've promoted this post to feature status because it provides great value to the FineArtViews community. If you want your blog posts listed in the FineArtViews newsletter with the possibility of being republished to our 48,000 subscribers, consider blogging with FASO Artist Websites. This author's views are entirely her own and may not always reflect the views of BoldBrush, Inc.



King of Fruit-implied feathers


One of the 7 elements in art is Texture - the "feel" or appearance, consistency or inconsistency of a surface. It can be implied or really there. 


Have you ever seen someone wear something and you just had to touch it? I remember when I was a child and velour was so popular. I had to touch it! If I wore it, all I did was rub my legs. (HA) Maybe that is why we do not wear velour anymore. It is too distracting! I also remember The velvet Elvis paintings! (that is what I called them). People painted on velour, maybe we should make a comeback and plein air paint on velour. Not sure how that would go. 


But painting on a textured surface, definitely adds texture to your painting. What I want to talk about, is the implied texture of a painting or art form. If the texture is really there, such as impasto style paint, (or velour) that is obvious and no one has to tell you a painting has "texture".  But implied texture is more of a skill that artists learn, and add to their art. 


Texture, implied or not, can create emotions, share messages, or simply add spice to your painting. Implied texture is used, in conjunction with shape and line. Van Gogh was wonderful at creating implied texture with his short brushstrokes side by side, varying in values. 


This painting of my garden peppers shows implied texture. It had some impasto style work on there as well, but not much. The variation between dark shadows and light, opposing colors on the color wheel, and the splashes of cool blue, on the warmer red and orange hues, created the implied texture. 



Fur on an animal is "implied texture". This painting I did for a customer shows the feeling of a fluffy dog. I hope it makes you want to brush your fingers through his hair! This is implied texture with the use of curvy lines, small brushstrokes and shapes of color. I did NOT paint every hair. If you find yourself painting every hair, or spending an eternity on a piece trying to "imply texture", go back and start it over. Unless you are a hyper realist painter. These artists can spend months on a painting implying texture. It is just preference. 



So if you have questions about "implied texture", I would love to hear from you! 


Happy Creating!!!!



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Patricia Stafford
Love texture, real or implied. You've given us some lovely examples in this post, Jennifer. I especially like the garden peppers which presents wonderful light play along with the realistic, natural textures.

Transitioning from 2-dimensional photography into painting, I'm going for real texture and bold 3-D effects. As a painter, I definitely want the viewer to know I'm using paint, so I use various tools to layer it on thinner in some spots on the canvas and thicker on others, along with various swirly daubs and flourishes here and there for good measure.

Am probably breaking tradition and art rules in the process (although some claim there are no rules in art, they seem to change their minds on that when they see my work and tell me some rule or other I've broken), but I'm having fun and have sold two of my highly textured paintings so far, so it's a path I plan to continue following.

Thank you for your comment! I did look at your art. I think you definitely have something going! Sales do not lie. You are on the right path. Have a wonderful day!

David McKay
Hello Jennifer,
I love texture. I work in the egg tempera medium and the actual finished painting surface is very smooth. However, the implied texture sometimes makes the surface look rough or as textured as the objects that I paint.

Suzi Long
Nice article, Jennifer. I agree with you that texture is important, and there is no necessity to paint every hair, every leaf, or every pebble on the beach. I learned long ago that if you were to paint 20 percent of something that the eye/brain would make up for the rest. I think it's a good idea to imply certain things, and texture is one of those things. I am in Yosemite teaching this week, and painting pine trees (yes, and rocks and waterfalls) is a good texture example. Paint a blobby tree shape and put in "several" pine needles, and the viewer sees a pine tree. Definitely no need to paint thousands.

Bela Fidel
Thanks for teaching us about the implied texture. It is not often known that texture is not always thickness of paint.
Your work is gorgeous.


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