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.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Kathy's Beautiful Japanese Garden

Wow, this is a beautiful painting that Kathy did for her sister-in-law.  It's not a small one either - 75x60 cm.  There was a lot of work involved and it took a few months to do but well worth the effort.  There is plenty of interest in all the different hues of green and shapes of the bushes.  The composition is excellent as you are immediately drawn into the painting towards the lovely little bridge.  Great job Kathy!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Lesson No.5 - Finishing off the Background


We've just added some extra highlights, darkened some of the foreground leaves and played around with the background to finish it off.  Now for the frog!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Sneak Peak

Here we are about halfway through one of our paintings of an Australian Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo.  Our goal is to make this one into an ebook, as it is already coming together with some beautiful results.  My students are having fun painting the bark of this old Scribbly Bark Eucalyptus Tree at the moment.  Can't wait to start painting the bird!