Tuesday, 27 January 2015
How To Oil Paint Sailing Boats is the next project in our Beginner Series of kindle books. This beautiful painting by Linda, one of my students, is a great example of the finished product. Linda hasn't been painting for very long, yet has mastered the level of drawing skills and fine brush work learnt from these lessons. The book will be published in Amazon soon, hopefully.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
For the background, we are using Cobalt, Lemon, Ultramarine Blue and white. On our palette we mixed up various hues and tones and splodged them onto the canvas. We made it darker down the bottom then filled in the gaps with a light green. As you feather the colours off into each other, you can make leaf shapes. Whatever colour or style you choose for your background, the important thing to remember is to keep it soft and out-of-focus. The frog will be our star and it will be sharp with lots of contrast.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Our photo shows Scarlett on a brick wall, but we decided it would look more natural on a lovely Australian gum tree. We included some sky to give the painting a little distance, and another colour to liven it up. You can see that the body is roughly just below half-way down the canvas, so we drew that first then added the legs.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
This beautiful green tree frog is a common sight in Australia. They can reach 10 cm in length and live for 16 years, which is a long time for a frog. One of my students took this photo of her frog, Scarlett, who lives in her garden. She keeps her well fed with beetles and moths.