Thursday, February 6, 2014

how to start a painting

February 6, 2014 - 4 stages of a painting - another way to start a painting

This is just one of the ways to start a painting.  I've used this exercise with students to show the stages of a painting.  It could be done loosely with more deliberate brushwork. 

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1.  Start with a wash of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna or anything that gives you a dark gray/black.  Do a very loose drawing.  Wipe out the lights with a paper towel 

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2.  Next paint large shapes of light and dark with color in the values you did in Step 1.

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3.  Start refining the shapes of light and dark, add the mid-tones for the reflected light and where light meets dark on the apple.

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4.  Refine even more, add the highlight, apply paint on background and foreground,  work on edges to include some sharp edges and soft edges.  Include some green in shadow.

The point of this exercise is to do the painting in layers.  It also helps to maintain the darks if they are established first. 

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