Fernando B. Sena’s Art Workshop: Basic Painting Tips for Starters

Fernando Belen Sena  is an all-around painter known as the Father of the Philippine Art Workshop for his tireless efforts in sharing his knowledge and talent with those who wish to learn.  Sena was born in Tondo, Manila on March 30, 1948 (My birthday is March 29!) and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in painting from the University of the East in 1971.

How I met Fernando

 Sikat Pinoy organized the National Arts & Crafts Fair at SM Megamall last October 26-29, 2017.  I joined Mr. Sena’s workshop as part of the program during the last day.

Since childhood, I love to draw and having my own painting exhibit is actually on my bucket list! My siblings are artists, too and we appreciate various forms of visual arts.

 What I Learned About Basic Drawing & Painting

 1. Draw with perspective in mind.

Perspective drawing gives a three-dimensional feeling to a picture. In art, it is representing how objects appear to get smaller and farther or closer to the viewer.  Perspective is key to almost any drawing, sketch or paintings. It is one of the fundamentals of art you need to understand to create realistic believable scenes.

Sena teaches that you start the elements that serve as the background of your painting.  During his demo of painting a natural landscape, he started with the skies and clouds.   To create a view with perspective, remember to put lighter colors to signify distance.  Shade a darker color for objects that are nearer.

2. There are more colors than what you see.

Skies and clouds have purple and yellow aside from blue and white.  Mountains should have a combination of blue, green, brown.  A field should have yellow-green, green, and pink.

Colors can also affect the composition of a painting and play different roles such as harmony, unity, setting a visual path, creating rhythm or emphasis.

3. Do not create an outline.

We’re used to drawing a flower as a kid starting with a pencil or ballpen outline of the petals.  Similarly, we outline a mountain like two triangles or two humps.  The curves from your paintbrush don’t need to be perfect or one straight line.  There are different angles you can use depending on the shape of the object.

4. Assume where the light is coming from.

If sunlight is coming from the right, then your elements should have a lighter shade on the right side.  Add touches of white to portray the effect of sunlight on your object.

In painting, we imitate rays of light hitting different surfaces (color, consistency, gloss), the distance between them (the amount of diffuse color, contrast, edges, perspective),  and most certainly we don’t draw things that don’t reflect or emit anything to our eyes. If you “add light” after the picture is almost done, you’re doing it wrong—everything on your painting is light.” – Polish Artist Monika Zagrobelna

5. Tip for starters

You can start your painting hobby by purchasing only four acrylic colors as your palette: blue, green, yellow, white.  Investing even with only one fan brush. A fan brush creates a wide-range of marks from soft gradient shifts to a single mark that looks like many.

Fernando Sena’s workshop allowed participants to practice basic drawing techniques.

How to Join Fernando B. Sena’s Art Workshops

View Fernando Sena’s workshop schedules below:

Wednesdays and Sundays starting June 2017

  • Place: Fernando B. Sena Buenas Artes Art Facility
  • Windsor Villas 348 Tandang Sora Avenue Congressional Avenue Quezon City
  • 9:00am-11:30am

Saturdays starting June 24, 2017

  • UP Cargas Museum University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City

For details please call : Maxi 09178746845; Jovel 09202228366; or Mr Sena at 09189519989


Fernando Sena https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Sena
Why Perspective Is So Important in Drawing  Helen South - https://www.thoughtco.com/perspective-drawing-definition-1123070
Dianne Mize in Art Tutorials > Painting Tutorials - http://emptyeasel.com/2008/12/30/the-role-of-color-in-art-how-to-use-color-to-enhance-painting/
Improve Your Artwork by Learning to See Light and Shadow https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/improve-your-artwork-by-learning-to-see-light-and-shadow--cms-20282
Make your art portfolio easy http://www.artistrunwebsite.com/blog/868/Why+I%27m+A+Fan+of+the+Fan+Brush

My Suggested Book Reading:
Landscape Painting Inside Out: Capture the Vitality of Outdoor Painting in Your Studio with Oils by Kevin Macpherson

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