Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Lesson No.12 - Blending in the Different Tones

I used Cobalt and Lemon to blend into my midtones and darks with a dot of white.  Just dab gently into each tone to smooth out any hard lines.  Use plenty of paint on your brush for this as we could use some texture here. 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Lesson No.11 - How to Paint a Frog

We'll begin painting the frog starting with the darks.  I used Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow for this.  I will then dab in the mid-tones with a bit more yellow added to the mix.  Lastly I'll dab in the highlights with a Cobalt and Lemon mix.  This is all done with only a thin layer of paint, whilst we work out where our darks and highlights will go. 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Keeping the Same Colours Throughout your Painting - Lesson No.10

I had 7 colours picked out for this painting from the beginning.  I always use the same colours for the one painting, thus ensuring a uniform colour throughout.  Here I have mixed all of my colours to make some lovely brown and grey hues for the creamy patches on the tree.  Highlights will be the light blues and purples.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

How To Paint Peeling Bark

 I mixed Cobalt, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red and a dot of Cadmium Yellow Deep for a dark red-brown colour.  Use a hard line for the cracks, and widen and lighten away from the bark for the peeling effect.  Remember there is colour in those shadows under the peeled bark as they bend away from the trunk.  Put in extra cracks in the bark as you go.  I did the shadows under the frog as well, while I had the bark colours.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Lesson No.8 - Using The Same Colours but Changing the Tone

We are putting detail into our creamy patches of bark.  I used Cobalt, Burnt Sienna, Lemon and Cadmium Red and mixed it with white to make a mid-blue grey.  Don't be too neat or precise - I just dabbed and rubbed and then made a lighter and darker tone to feather off into the original mix of grey.  I then mixed Cadmium Red and Lemon for an orange to give the patches some colour.  Do all the patches now while they are wet.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Are You Happy With Your Background Colours?

As I explained in the previous lesson, I have completed washing in my background with a bit of a reddish/orange colour.  I think this will contrast with the bright green frog and help make it stand out from the tree.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Block out that White Canvas by Using a Turpsy Wash

Before we begin painting our frog, we'll get rid of that white canvas by washing in some tree colours. I used Cobalt, Burnt Sienna and Lemon with some turps and quickly painted in the creamy patches of the tree.  We'll do the same with the rest of the bark, which is a lovely dark red/orange.  I will add some Cadmium Red and more Lemon to my mix for that.