"Three Rivers California"

"Three Rivers California"

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Lesson No.15 - Shadows For Dips And Highlights For Bumps

Now that we have the eyes and beaks done, we'll move on to the head and neck.  You can see the bony structure of the flamingo who is drinking.  Dips are generally darker and bumps lighter.  Add a dot of yellow to your purple shadows so they aren't too pretty.  There also is a little bit of reflective light on the underside of the neck - it could appear a little green.  Don't go crazy though.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Highly Commended

I was so excited to learn I had received a Highly Commended Award at the Matthew Flinders Art Competition this year for my painting "Seashore Sunrise".

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Lesson No.14 - Paint The Eyes To Give Our Flamingos Character

Before moving on with more feathers, I thought we'd better get the eyes in and redefine the bill.  I used a light lemon for the eye colour, then with a darker pink, surrounded the eye area to give it more depth.  I then dabbed this lightly into the yellow for a more shadowy look on the eye itself.  I dabbed a tiny bit of black just once on the eye for a pupil.  With a clean brush I dabbed the black spot very gently to soften it.  I darkened the bill with a deeper pink as it was looking a bit flat and finished the other flamingo with the same colours.  Lastly I used the black to go over the bill and the second flamingo's bill also.  Black tends to go a bit flat when dry - I usually have to repaint my blacks to make them darker.

With my eyes done, my flamingo looks a little angry! 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Lesson No.13 - Defining Feathers With Shadow

With a mix of the Geranium Lake and Ultramarine Blue, I drew in all the feathers.  I then proceeded to adjust them individually - widening some of the lines, darkening and lightening and feathering off.  I then made a large mix of the light Geranium and brushed this into the shadows for a soft effect.  While I had the Geranium out, I went over the bright, pure colours of pink.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Lesson No.6 - Painting The Old Watertank

Started brushing in the colours of the watertank.  I only use a limited palette, so all my 5 colours were involved.  First, I made the tank nice and round with highlights and reflected light.  That's the easy part.  Next, the corrugations!  With a fine brush, "draw" the lines around the tank with a dark purple.  Remember to follow the contours of the tank.  Drag the dark down into the hollows between the ridges, following the colour of the tank you have already done (e.g. where it is a rusty colour, add a purple mix to make that area a dark rusty colour) and then do the highlights in the same manner.  It's a little involved, but with patience you'll get the hang of it. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Grace's Fabulous Flamingos Finished!

Wow, what a beautiful painting by Grace.  The birds stand out sharply against the soft focus background.  It is a very bright, interesting painting that attracts the attention of the viewer immediately.  I'd better speed up on my painting before everyone finishes before me.  More lessons to post soon.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Kathy B's Beautiful Portrait

Kathy, who is one of my students, painted this picture of her mother from a 1920's black and white photo! She used the "Old Masters" colours to help depict the age of the photo.  It worked out beautifully.