Oil Painting Without Drawing™
The Art of Tonal Impressionism by Dominic Vignola
The Approach - If You Can See It, You Can Paint It!
This revolutionary method of painting without drawing has existed in one form or another for more than four centuries.

The thinking process used in the tonal method of seeing and painting allows one to see and paint tones, shapes, and colors which result in an amazingly accurate depiction of any subject: PORTRAIT, LANDSCAPE or STILL-LIFE

Many artists do not paint as well as they would like because of their inability to observe, analyze, and translate what they see into paint.

Your canvas will look like your subject only when you yourself understand that which you are seeing.  This method provides the ability to do exactly that.  If you can see it, you can paint it, with this incredibly easy-to-learn oil painting approach.

Forget about talent.  No one is born with a talent for painting.  It is an acquired skill.  Drawing ability is unnecessary.  Correct proportions occur automatically as a result of painting tones and shapes.  If you are not familiar with anatomy, composition, or perspective, then you have nothing to unlearn.  The illusion of these things will automatically be present in your work when you paint tonally.

When one learns to see in terms of light and shadow, no subject is too difficult to paint because one no longer attempts to paint "things" but rather the way these things look, thereby achieving convincing results every time.

A student of tonal painting learns:

  • The use of painting supplies and materials
  • How to set up and light your subject
  • The three optical sensations which make up a painting; Tone, Shape, and Color
  • How to analyze what you see in order to paint it
  • The importance of Tone and how to deal with it
  • The use of the Vignola Tonal Palette Mixing Guide™ which solves Tone and Color problems
  • How to paint sight-size
  • The placement of shapes and control of their edges
  • The importance of a fixed viewpoint when painting from life or photographs
  • Maintaining the proper distance from your subject and canvas
  • The use of the "rub-out" method for beginning a painting
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