Saturday, 28 February 2015

Getting Rid of that White Canvas by Using a Turpsy Wash

Before we begin painting our frog, we'll get rid of that white canvas by washing in some tree colours. I used Cobalt, Burnt Sienna and Lemon with some turps and quickly painted in the creamy patches of the tree.  We'll do the same with the rest of the bark, which is a lovely dark red/orange.  I will add some Cadmium Red and more Lemon to my mix for that.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Kathy's Beautiful Japanese Garden

Wow, this is a beautiful painting that Kathy did for her sister-in-law.  It's not a small one either - 75x60 cm.  There was a lot of work involved and it took a few months to do but well worth the effort.  There is plenty of interest in all the different hues of green and shapes of the bushes.  The composition is excellent as you are immediately drawn into the painting towards the lovely little bridge.  Great job Kathy!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Lesson No.5 - Finishing off the Background

We've just added some extra highlights, darkened some of the foreground leaves and played around with the background to finish it off.  Now for the frog!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Sneak Peak

Here we are about halfway through one of our paintings of an Australian Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo.  Our goal is to make this one into an ebook, as it is already coming together with some beautiful results.  My students are having fun painting the bark of this old Scribbly Bark Eucalyptus Tree at the moment.  Can't wait to start painting the bird!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Lesson No.4 is on How to Give a Background Depth

We've just added some more leaves, which are a little bit more in focus.  This gives the background depth as well.  Make them a little greener, sharper and darker to add contrast.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Feathering Off The Background

It is easier to feather off the background with a soft, flat, dry brush.  Use a criss-cross technique over the entire wet background very lightly to merge the colours into each other.  The softer the better!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Learn How to Draw and Paint Detail With my New Kindle Book

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.