"Three Rivers California"

"Three Rivers California"

Monday, 20 October 2014

Lesson No.18 - Making Feathers Soft And Fluffy

Once you've separated all the feathers in the body, brush lightly over any hard edges.  Use very light purples and darker pinks to do this.  Don't forget to brush in the direction of the feather growth.  Leave the black section at the back for last. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Robbie's Frog Finished!

Another of our frog paintings finished.  Robbie painted her frog on a large 50x60cm canvas, making it a very impressive, eye-catching piece.  It is so realistic that you feel like you could touch it.  You can't really see it in the photo, but Robbie has given the frog heaps of texture by dabbing with a round bristle brush. 

If you want results like this, Jo and I will be making the frog painting that all my students and I have done, into a kindle book.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lesson No.17 - Separate The Feathers First

We're moving onto the body of the closest flamingo now.  Separate the feathers with a light purple mix first, so you know what you're dealing with.  Then you can highlight, darken and add some light pinks here and there to ensure the pink is still the dominant colour.  I am mixing a dark green to help feather off the edges that meet the water.  We want them soft and fluffy.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Jo's Flamingos - Finished

Well, Jo has finished her flamingos.  A few of us have a little more to go on ours, so don't worry the lessons will still be coming albeit a little slow.  Jo has put in a bit of a cloudy sky with distant mountains and grasslands behind the reeds, which give the painting a little more depth to it.  The water has plenty of movement, and the flamingos stand out beautifully against the green water.  This was quite a hard and time-consuming piece of work but what a great painting!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Lesson No.16 - How To Keep Your Colours Clean

We finished the body of the flamingo at the back today.  Brush in the highlights first - a light Geranium Pink that's nearly white.  Use a darker mix of pink to suggest feathers.  Feather the top edge of the flamingo off with a light blue/purple mix so it is nice and soft.  Mix a darker red/purple for the underside, adding a touch of yellow to grey it off.  You could add some soft yellow/greens to the underside of the feathers for some reflective light from the water.  I finished it off by going over all the highlights again with a clean brush, and clean mix of light pink as the colours can become a bit muddy when you are feathering off.  We want our flamingos nice and pink still.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Grandchild No.3 On It's Way

Just getting those darks in to start with.  Khye has a more olive complexion so I've made his skin a bit more orangey with Ultramarine Blue for a more brown colour.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Kath's Frog

This frog painting is going to be the next kindle book in our Intermediate Series.  Kathy has done a wonderful job of her frog.  There is movement and depth.  The frog looks as if it is going to jump off the tree right at you!