Sunday, 23 November 2014

How To Paint A Dolphin: Our New Beginners Series Book 2

This is my finished painting for our next kindle book, which will be the second book in our Beginners Series.  It will be a 2 part book including How To Oil Paint Sailing Boats as the second project.  In this book you will learn how to add light and shadow to make the dolphin and water sparkle with life!  You can see Jo's and my other kindle books for sale on Amazon.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lesson No.19 - Painting Those Long Flamingo Legs!

I repainted the legs in a medium tone of Geranium and white first, including the foot on the back flamingo.  I then added a dot of Ultra for a darker shade of pink and dabbed it under the body, betwen the toes of the foot, and under and around the knee area.  Make sure the sides of the legs are soft and a little darker to appear round.  Highlight with a clean, light Geranium and white mix and the legs are done.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Lesson No.18 - Making Feathers Soft And Fluffy

Once you've separated all the feathers in the body, brush lightly over any hard edges.  Use very light purples and darker pinks to do this.  Don't forget to brush in the direction of the feather growth.  Leave the black section at the back for last. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Robbie's Frog Finished!

Another of our frog paintings finished.  Robbie painted her frog on a large 50x60cm canvas, making it a very impressive, eye-catching piece.  It is so realistic that you feel like you could touch it.  You can't really see it in the photo, but Robbie has given the frog heaps of texture by dabbing with a round bristle brush. 

If you want results like this, Jo and I will be making the frog painting that all my students and I have done, into a kindle book.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lesson No.17 - Separate The Feathers First

We're moving onto the body of the closest flamingo now.  Separate the feathers with a light purple mix first, so you know what you're dealing with.  Then you can highlight, darken and add some light pinks here and there to ensure the pink is still the dominant colour.  I am mixing a dark green to help feather off the edges that meet the water.  We want them soft and fluffy.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Jo's Flamingos - Finished

Well, Jo has finished her flamingos.  A few of us have a little more to go on ours, so don't worry the lessons will still be coming albeit a little slow.  Jo has put in a bit of a cloudy sky with distant mountains and grasslands behind the reeds, which give the painting a little more depth to it.  The water has plenty of movement, and the flamingos stand out beautifully against the green water.  This was quite a hard and time-consuming piece of work but what a great painting!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Lesson No.16 - How To Keep Your Colours Clean

We finished the body of the flamingo at the back today.  Brush in the highlights first - a light Geranium Pink that's nearly white.  Use a darker mix of pink to suggest feathers.  Feather the top edge of the flamingo off with a light blue/purple mix so it is nice and soft.  Mix a darker red/purple for the underside, adding a touch of yellow to grey it off.  You could add some soft yellow/greens to the underside of the feathers for some reflective light from the water.  I finished it off by going over all the highlights again with a clean brush, and clean mix of light pink as the colours can become a bit muddy when you are feathering off.  We want our flamingos nice and pink still.