Welcome to my art blog on How To Oil Paint. I am an artist/art teacher and you can follow my art lessons here as I give instructions and free advice on how to paint in oils. I also sell Kindle Ebooks written for both beginners and intermediate artists. Visit my website (www.howtooilpaint.info) where, with my fellow artist Jo, we give more great tips on how to paint with oils. I hope you enjoy perusing my posts.
As the folds of material come out towards you, the lighter they get. These highlights are bright, clean colours. Where the material is creased, it is the darkest and a shadow colour is used. I usually add Ultramarine Blue and a dot of Cadmium Red to the original material colour for these dark shadows. For the middle tones where the material is rounded out towards the highlight, you need to add more of your original material colour to your dark mix with a touch of white. Remember to keep feathering it off so it is nice and soft with no hard edges - even the creases need to be fairly soft.
It has taken us a year to complete this painting! Of course that's only at 2 hours per week and it is a big 76x51cm canvas. Everyone's paintings look fabulous, all in their own individual styles. We've learnt a lot about how to paint reflections with lots of patience!
I mixed my Geranium with some Ultramarine Blue for a dark pink and filled in the legs. Remember to keep them a bit squiggly to coincide with the water ripples you have made. Soften the edges into the greens and add a slightly lighter pink for a bit of highlight. I have broken the front leg up towards the bottom and tapered it off, as it is looking a bit too long on my board. One more lesson of fiddling around and tidying up and we're done!
We are finishing our water reflections before we finally paint in the flamingo legs' reflections. It seems to be broken up into horizontal lines down in this part of the water, so with a flat, taklon brush, I am starting to paint the lines first (with the brush on the side) and then fill in any dark areas. Again, I only do one section at a time because you want to work while the paint is still wet. We're nearly there!
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.
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.