Thursday, 2 July 2015

Lesson No.16 - Painting the Frog's Underbelly

We'll place our darks in first using Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Deep with a dot of Ultramarine Blue for a dark orange shadow under the frog's head.  As you come out into the light we'll add some more Ultramarine and white to our mix for a lighter, greyer tone.
Paint in the folds of his skin with a middle grey colour and darken the creases as they go into the shadow area.  Using just your white, add this to the highlighted area in the centre of the creases to create the bulging effect.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Linda's Butterfly

Linda has finished her second butterfly painting now and is already on to her third!  She has made up this beautiful background with her own unique style with the colours used for the butterfly to unify the painting as a whole.  It's a beautiful piece of art - can't wait to see the next one.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

How to Oil Paint the Frog's Eyes - Lesson No.15

We used Gold and Ivory Black for the eyes.  They are the focal point for the whole painting I think.  Dab in the gold first with a fine No.1 brush then the black.  Gently dab the black back into the wet gold, breaking it up and giving the eye some shadow in the corners.  With a clean brush, use the gold again to dab back through the areas you want highlighted.  A dot of white in her eye will give her sight.  Now she's looking at you!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Lesson No.14 - The Frog's Toes

All of our frog's toes are different shapes and colours!  Start by dabbing in the darks, then mixing in a bit of white and red as you go.  I would suggest you do all of her toes at the same time, as they are very small.  I'm using Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red and Burnt Sienna with a No.1 round brush. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Lesson No.13 - Filling in the Orange Tones

We'll start playing around with the orange tones now using Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Cadmium Red.  Start with the darks, then add some white for a midtone orange.  I want to get rid of the white canvas now so we'll also brush in the toes.  Make the orange a little more green in colour for the toes.  This is just a light coat of paint before we start the real detail.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Portrait of the Grandkids

At last I have finished this portrait.  It's 100x100 cm, so it's fairly big.  The trouble is, it's taken that long to complete that I now have another grandchild! 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Lesson No.12 - Blending in the Different Tones

I used Cobalt and Lemon to blend into my midtones and darks with a dot of white.  Just dab gently into each tone to smooth out any hard lines.  Use plenty of paint on your brush for this as we could use some texture here.