Friday, 28 August 2015

Lesson No.9 - Working from Light to Dark

I painted the white parts of the tail first, going around the whole edge with a fine brush, brushing in the actual feathers as they contrasted against the background.  I then broke up the tail area with sections of the orange light.  Next came the slightly darker purples, then the real darks to further break up the feathers.  It still needs a bit of tweaking but my colours started to become a little muddy, so I'll leave it till next week.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Lesson No.21 - Strengthening the Background Hues

Now that our froggie is finished, I can see that my bark is too pale.  I need more contrast and colour for the frog to stand out.  So I am just going over my bark with a richer, darker hue.  Of course yours might be fine, so skip this step if that's the case.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Lesson No.8 - Adding Detail to the Background Grass

Yes I've gone back to the grass in the background.  As you come forward, you need more contrast and more detail.  Make sure the grass is very dark under the feet so that they are in the grass and don't appear to be hovering over it.  I'm adding more colour too - more dirt (using Burnt Sienna) and light blue highlights.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Lesson No.7 - Making Those Feathers Appear Real

We're back to painting the chickens' feathers today.  So working from the head, down the neck and into the wing, I brushed in the darks first (leaving white canvas for the highlights on her front and back).  I then dabbed in the feathers with a lighter mix, using a scalloping effect.  Lastly, using just white and a fine brush, "feather" off the individual feathers at the top into the darks so that they appear to be coming out from under the top feather.  If it starts to become too muddy and wet, leave it for next week and move on.

I'm also changing the colours slightly as I go - more bluey-purple for the top of the bird and a bit more red-purple underneath.
You can clearly see Jo's scalloping on the neck and wing here.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Another Beautiful Painting by Grace Williamson

This is Grace's latest painting - a lovely creek in New Zealand.  She has managed to master the light filtering through the undergrowth, giving the painting lots of depth.  Great job Grace!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Lesson No.20 - Adding the Last Details to the Frog

 With our dark green and a fine brush, we are just dabbing in the lines around the eyes and right side of his nose.  A few dabs into the darks (if needed) can be added to emphasise the darks.  The highlights can be added as well - a few dots around the nose and eye to indicate some shine on the frog's head.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Lesson No.6 - Adding Colour and Tone to the Background

I know we started with the chickens' heads in the last lesson, but we decided to do more of the background today.  It wasn't for any reason really except I do like to finish the background first.  I added more colour in the form of dirt to the grass - my canvas is quite large so there is a lot of green!  I used Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow Deep for the dark brown, then highlighted the patches with just the red and yellow and white.  Feather it all off softly, using a criss-cross action with a soft, flat big brush.

Jo is making the grass around the chook's feet sharper by adding more contrast - darker darks and lighter highlights.