Friday, 29 May 2015

Lesson No.14 - The Frog's Toes

All of our frog's toes are different shapes and colours!  Start by dabbing in the darks, then mixing in a bit of white and red as you go.  I would suggest you do all of her toes at the same time, as they are very small.  I'm using Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red and Burnt Sienna with a No.1 round brush. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Lesson No.13 - Filling in the Orange Tones

We'll start playing around with the orange tones now using Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Cadmium Red.  Start with the darks, then add some white for a midtone orange.  I want to get rid of the white canvas now so we'll also brush in the toes.  Make the orange a little more green in colour for the toes.  This is just a light coat of paint before we start the real detail.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Portrait of the Grandkids

At last I have finished this portrait.  It's 100x100 cm, so it's fairly big.  The trouble is, it's taken that long to complete that I now have another grandchild! 

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.