This is the second project my Intro to Oil Painting students do, on an 11 x 16″ canvas, using a limited palette and an animal skull as still life. Strong spot light is used, with a darkened space (black box) in which to place the object so that we can see better contrast. Initially, a … More Animal Skull
This oil painting project looks at the form of a big and beautiful natural shell. We follow the same process of creating first a tonal drawing within a grid. Here is Rip’s version: Following are three palettes we are using in this painting: the grisaille (black to white underpainting), warm and cool ultramarine and burnt … More Shell
Just a recap from where we left off earlier: our first oil painting project with a limited palette: take a simple white object, have a strong light source on it, and create a tonal drawing: Ground your canvas with a burnt sienna wash (include a light grid with vine charcoal): We’re going to use a … More White Object, Part 1 & II
Continuing with the drape study, we grid the canvas that has already a dry burnt sienna ground, then paint a burnt umber underpainting of the darks cast on the wall, and within the drape itself: Then block in lights using a very light tint of burnt umber (burnt umber mixed with white).
This post will show the work of some of my students on their first still life with three objects in oil on canvas. A simple set up depicts a fairly shallow space that will describe fore, middle and background. First Evelynn creates a tonal drawing, using a compositional grid: Another tonal drawing of a similar … More Still Life With Tassel Part II (Students)
This will be a painting study of a white hanging drape (pillowcase) set at an angle, with a strong light source. I will keep the drape hanging until the completion of the preliminary drawing and painting, so that the creases and folds will remain the same. Now for a preliminary drawing, but first, a compositional … More Hanging Drape Part I
A monochromatic bronzed candlestick, a faded green silk tassel, and a pale blue nut. A wrinkled sheet of sturdy brown packing paper is used as backdrop. A compositional grid is drawn for a preliminary graphite drawing: Next, I place the forms within the grid. …and complete the drawing below. On a burnt sienna oil ground … More Still Life with Tassel Part I