Animal Skull

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

Shell

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

Hanging Drape Part 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).

Hanging Drape Part I

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