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Welcome back to our next two online painting projects.
Painting no 5 will begin tomorrow, Monday 13th of April at approx 3.30
Please have a 50 x 40 cm (20″ x 16″) or a 40 x 30 (16″ x 12″) canvas ready. A tube of Black acrylic paint and a roll of masking tape.
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Welcome to Painting no 5.
STAGE ONE . PREPARING FOR SKETCHING.
The first thing we will do is to plan out our painting.
Please divide your canvas by 5 down and 4 wide. I am using a 20 x 16 canvas (below)
Please divide your reference photograph in the same way.
You should now have 20 areas on your canvas and your photograph.
Now take a look at your divided photograph. It is at this stage that you may like to note more difficult and challenging areas of the photograph that you may feel might cause you some difficulties.
Don’t worry. If you check my reference photograph below you will find two areas that I have decided potential problem areas.
So what do you do? Simple. Just sub-divide them again on photograph (see below)
Please make sure that whatever you do on the photograph above…. You must ALSO do on your canvas (below)
STAGE 2 STARTING THE SKETCH
Just finishing off the sketch. Make sure you’re using a 4,5or 6b pencil.
When you have the girl sketched you should now decide where your horizon line should be and apply it as straight as you can. You can use a ruler if you think it will help you.
STAGE 3 BLOCKING OFF THE MODEL.
I am using Black acrylic and a good tip at this stage is to start at the edges, using plenty of paint on your brush. This is to ensure that you have a nice crisp edge.
As you negotiate the edges, please try long uninterrupted brush strokes. This will ensure a solid look to your silhouette .
This is how it should look now at the end of this stage. I’ve just added a little orange to her right hand so as the final warm colours will be easier to put on there without the black background.
That is it for today.
STAGE 4. TONING THE SKY
Welcome back everyone to Stage 4 and today we will be working on the sky
The first thing to do is to place the circle in the hands of the girl. Use a compass to do this.
Paint the basecoats of the inner circle white and the outer section yellow. Paint an orange edge all around on top of the wet yellow.
Begin to paint the colours on her palm at this stage which are Cadmium Red, Orange and Cadmium Yellow. Use the yellow as a basecoat and tone in the reds and oranges on top.
Gently tone the orange in to the yellow using less weight on the brush as you ease in to the yellow. Have a tissue close by to keep your brush clean. I’m using a rough round head hog brush for this process.
Please apply masking tape now. I am using Duck Tape as I do not have masking tape here today.
Please apply the Grey now. I am using French Ultra Marine Blue with White with some Viridian Green and a touch of Paynes Grey or an even lighter touch of Blask. Notice how I paint unhindered over the tape.
Please allow a narrow buffer line between oranges and greys. This will help to keep your colours pure before the next stage.
Please make sure that the grey on the left hand side is lighter than the right. You can do this by adding extra white to your original grey tones ,toning them both.
Now please start introducing your grey to the orange. You will notice that it will turn green on impact but we will be applying some extra red here soon.
STAGE 5 BRINGING THE SKY AND LIGHT TOGETHER
At this stage we should be looking at highlights. As the girl is looking towards the light there will be certain parts that will be highlighted white and red.
Be generous as I am here with the white. I will be closing in on this with black shortly
This is as far as I’ve got this evening. There are a few alterations such as extending the orange down ever so slightly to the horizon. I’ve actually only noticed that now after I removed the tape .
There is still a lot of work on the oranges and yellows but this can be dealt with at the touch-up stages..
Welcome to Thursday evening’s class..
STAGE 5 APPLYING THE COLOURS
Please start with some Cadmium Yellow and in a left to right movement, roughly apply your colour. No need to be too concerned just yet about accuracy just yet.
Apply some Oranges and Cadmium Reds on top of wet Cadmium Yellow
Next we look at the blues. Naturally the further away we go from the light source the darker the water colours become. (see above)
Our colours are (from Darkest to Bright)
We will work from right to left.
Select roughly four shades of Blue
Furthest right is Coeurilum Blue/ French Ultramarine Blue and some Paynes Grey. Coming closer will be same as above but use only a smaller amount of Paynes Grey
The middle tones coming further to the light should now be losing most of the French Ultramarine Blue and should mainly be just Coeurilum Blue /White and tiny touches of Paynes Grey
Further left of this should be just a little Coeurilium Blue and some more white
They should be built up like bricks , placing them side by side in a horizontal stroke. Remember to keep them roughly applied for now.
Repeat the process on the left hand side. Your black paint will be dry by now if you’d used acrylic at yesterday’s stage. If so then you can see how easy it is to put the bright water colours in even if it means they temporarily interfere with the silhouette. This can be tidied up later (see below)
Tomorrow we will be putting the finishing black strokes through these colours and putting the finishing touches to this painting. ….Brightening and darkening where necessary.
Welcome back everyone
We should finish this one today
SECTION 6 THE WATER AND IT’S REFLECTION
Just a few things to remember here. The further right of the silhouette you go colours appear to get gradually darker.
The lines will be shorter the nearer to the horizon line and will appear to get gradually thicker, longer and more spaced out as they come down to the bottom of the painting.
They will also show more movement, for example you will find a wave or two closer to the bottom (see below)
When you are at this stage you may like to touch up your whites, yellows and oranges as you go along. Paint in on top of the silhouette as I have done (You can touch it up near the end) rather than stop at it and in doing so… stopping the flow
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Finally finished this relatively easy painting. The next one (No.6) will be more challenging and is likely to take at least 5 days.
SECTION 7 LEFT HAND SIDE & FINISHING TOUCHES
I hope you will enjoy doing it with me.
PAINTING NO 6 STARTS ON MONDAY 20th April at 6pm
Welcome to Painting No.6
This painting was originally painted by one of my favourite artists, Thomas Saliot.
First of all I have been asked quite a few times recently for advice on what are the most suitable brushes to use when painting these paintings.
These are the brushes I would advise you to use especially if you are relatively new to painting. You can invest in more professional brands as you become more experienced.
This set cost approximately €32.00 and if looked after will serve you well.
STAGE 1 PLANNING YOU’RE PAINTING.
If you are using a 40cm x 30cm canvas (16″ x 12″) Divide as example below (using much lighter lines than this) using a 4,5 or 6b pencil.
If you are uusing a 50 x 40 cm (20×16″) canvas please divide as example below (using much lighter lines than this) with a 4,5 or 6b pencil.
I have decided to use a 60 x 45cm canvas (24 x 18″) for my painting which means I will be using a 4 to 3 Ratio, the same as I would if I were using a 40cm x 30 cm canvas.
As this is a more challenging drawing than some of the previous projects, I will be going from 4:3 to 8:6 (see below). It will make the drawing easier.
You can also do the same with your canvas
Now it’s time for the drawing.
This one is a fairly tricky one so be patient. You only need to draw the figures,their shadows and the main angles of the street.
There is no need to draw the background as you will notice that this is mainly ‘painted detail’ which can be dealt with directly with the paintbrush when it’s time to do so.
No need to worry either at this stage about the detail on the main figure, her bag, folds and creases etc. We will worry about that later.
Do not erase your guidelines. You will need them to guide you during the different stages of this painting.
STAGE 2 INKING
Mix up a little ink for the inking stage. This is made with a little white spirit poured in to a jam jar lid (see below) with a touch of Burnt Sienna paint. Mix around until the paint turns in to an ink. Please dont have the ink too watery or don’t have it too strong.
Never ink shadows, reflections or clouds. The pencil lines are sufficient for them.
When inking, make sure to dip your brush lightly in to the mix, scoop a few times on the edge of the lid (to remove excess liquid) and apply on top of your pencil lines (see below)
STAGE 3 PAINTING THE BACKGROUND
Hi everyone .Stage 3 was meant to be continued this evening but there is not enough completed just yet even after three hours painting this afternoon.
This stage will be ready at approx 4.30pm tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 22nd of April)
Apologies for the delay.
In the mean time you can start to prepare your colours for tomorrow.
You will need:
Cadmium Yellow or Lemon Yellow
Cobalt Blue or French Ultramarine and Coeurilum Blue
Cadmium Red and a little Crimson Alizeron
White and Paynes Grey or Black
A touch of Viridian Green or Phitalo Green.
A medium round headed sable brush for blending
A large and small flat head sable brush
White spirits and tissue (as there will be a lot of colour changes)
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday April 22nd .
Welcome back everyone to this afternoon’s class
STAGE 4 PAINTING SOME OF THE DARK BACKGROUND
What I will ask you to do now is to start picking out all of the bright coloured shapes and convert them in to shapes such as circles ,squares, rectangles etc., using your guide lines to assist you.
Try not to worry too much about what exactly the shapes are or why they are there. Just draw and paint them (see above)
Draw and paint what you see… not what you think you see.
They are Oranges, Orange /White, Cadmium Red/Orange, Coeurilum Blues with variable White mixes, Purple and Lilacs (Purple/White) are also important colours, with touches of Crimson Alizeron and various Blues/ with various white mixes. You will have to experiment on your own with some of these at this stage. (see list above)
They will look crude at the start but don’t worry about that now. It’s important just to place them in position and worry about blending them later.
It’s important that you try to vary the colours as you move along as if you don’t you run the risk of certain areas looking repetitious
When you have some of your shapes in place start to paint the dark surrounds around each of them. The dark surrounds consist of Raw Umber and Raw Umber with French Ultramarine Blue or in some cases the further you go to the right you can add some Paynes Grey or Black to the browns to make them a little darker.
Add little touches of reds and blues through the Raw Umber for added interest.
It’s important to paint the dark colours in whilst the brighter shapes are still wet as this will be of benefit to you when you want to blend them with each other (see below)
When I mention ‘blending’ by that I mean allowing the brights and dark colours to touch each other whilst linking together.
When you have finished surrounding the colours, please use a round soft sable brush and gently tap the colours together just at the point where they touch. This will give you the desired ‘blur’ effect
STAGE 5 PAINTING THE LIGHTER BACKGROUND ON THE LEFT
We need to move to the left now so if you LIGHTLY coat this area with a little white as a base coat, without losing your guidelines,
Just draw all of the shapes you see. When painting them please be aware that these colours are a lot lighter and more pastel looking as they are very much further away so increase your whites through the colours when necessary. Again I will ask you to try and vary the colours as much as you can.
Begin to paint the colours on the (slightly)wet white base coat.
Once more blend the colours where necessary. Not all of the coloured shapes need to be blended so watch out for this.
Sometimes I find that using your index finger at certain times when softening lines can be very effective (see examples below) This technique is known as ‘touch blending’
This is as far as I’ve got at the moment. You will notice that I have just started some of the main characters of the painting.
FRIDAY APRIL 24th 6.30pm
STAGE 6 FINISHING THE FIGURES AND BOTTOM LEFT FOREGROUND
This painting is indeed the most challenging so far so my advice to you is to take your time.
I have a certain amount completed so far but certain parts like the blue street etc will be revisited nearer the end of the painting at the touch-up stages
I decided to give the right hand side a break for the moment as I’m still deciding whether to leave the pole in or out of the painting.
I feel as if I leave it in it may have a divisive effect on the painting and if I leave it out it may look too bare.
On to the foreground
I have started with the figures. The guy on the far left is basically a silhouette so its a simple Raw Umber and French Ultramarine Blue.
If you add a little white spirit to your dark mix …just a little it will help you achieve a crisp edge.
The figure next to him has paler colours so please paint a skim of white paint…just a skim remember before applying the main colours.
Place the Purples, Lilacs (purple and White) and Coeurilum blues with whites on top of the skimmed white. This will allow you to tone colours easier
The shadows are Purple based with darker colours added in places that you will see at the next section.
Now paint Raw Umber with a little tint of Payne’s Grey where needed, on top of the shadows. Make sure to vary the tones (see above) as this makes the shadow more interesting which is important when dealing with large areas such as these.
Also if you could fill in the pale ground with mostly White with a tint of Burnt Sienna.
When this is done take a little of the same Burnt Sienna and paint some on the edge of some shadows. (I’ve chosen the right hand sides of mine) Blend it by tapping on the purple and orange line together) In doing this you are actually warming the painting and giving a sense of heat.
I have made a start on the main model but I will elaborate on this further soon.
As I said earlier, please take your time with this one.
SUNDAY APRIL 26th
I worked a little bit more over the weekend so here goes
I have just painted her shirt, bag, legs, boots and started the arm. Small touch ups will still be required.
Her shirt; This is painted lightly with a skim of white base coat followed by toned lilac shapes. Some of the folds are sharper and require little toning whilst others are softer and need toning.
Lilac is made from a little Purple with White
Her Bag: Again a light skim of White base coat followed by the shapes that the folds are forming. Again note the sharp folds and the gentle folds and deal with them as we did for the shirt
There are a few colours you can use….Viridian Green with a little Payne’s Grey, Coeurilum Blue with a little Payne’s Grey and a little Lilac nearer the brighter left hand side. Paint them in as shapes and tone where necessary. Try different variations.
Her legs and boots: Top half of her legs are basically Oranges and White (toned gently together) Burnt Sienna and a little white for the remainder, some Burnt Sienna with a little Yellow with the darker tones Burnt Umber and Raw Umber
The bottoms of her legs have more Crimson tones so here we use Crimson and Whites softly toned with the Burnt Umber and Raw Umber where necessary. Her boots are a mixture of Raw Umber and French Ultramarine Blue. Make sure to show the two curves as this separates both boots without the need for an outline.
Her arm: A mixture of Burnt Sienna and White with some Pink (Crimson and White) I’m just working on this now.
Monday April 27th, 7pm
FINISHING THE FOREGROUND AND COMPLETING THE PAINTING
As you can see I have continued on the right hand side foreground. The shadows are all based on purple base coat with Raw Umbers, French Ultramarine Blues and Payne’s Grey placed on top with touches of Crimson here and there.
The bright patches are mainly white with Lemon Yellow and White with Burnt Sienna and some Orange/White shades.
The colours on the bright spots get a little stronger as you come to the bottom of the painting.
I made a few minor changes for example I removed the circular line at the pole.
I will probably wait a few days when it’s drier and I may add a few small touch-ups but for all intents and purposes, We can say …It’s finished.
Painting Number 7 now starts on Thursday rather than today (Wednesday) as I’d like to find a different ruined cottage to use.
Details on it’s page (7-8)
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