A final look at the first project in Introduction to Oil Painting: White Object. On the right is the finished study, 5 x 7 inches. The total number of color passes are 2, using neutralized ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.
Using a complementary color palette: the first method in which we bring in an additional color to affect the way color can change the value (darkness and light) of a single color. In this case, the chosen “dominant” color, that is the overall most important color of the still life. For this project, we are using … More Color Fundamentals/Pencil, 1.2
Working with color: understanding the dynamics of choosing harmonies, and working with layers. This sequence will focus on practicing in that arena. We’re back again, with another great group of new students working toward practicing their color drawing, using colored pencils. This is the first day of class, and we look carefully at the color … More Color Fundamentals/Pencil, 1.1
The next step in progressing with our black and white underpainting (grisaille) is to wait until the grisaille is dry to the touch, and then layer thinly (or “glaze”) a warm and cool “first color pass” overlay. This will effectively start to warm and cool the highlights as well as lighter warm areas, and all … More Intro to Oil 1.2
Copying a Master painting is a project we are doing with my beginning oil painting students, in order to better understand how the Masters developed composition, form in space, color and value. Start with a good quality reproduction, with the intention of enlarging it somewhat (no larger than @16 x 20″) or copying it the … More Master Painting Copy
I’m starting with a brand new group of oil painters this Fall. Here’s their first lesson in creating a tonal underpainting for a classical study of a white object. We start the lessons using fairly monochromatic or colorless objects, to better see value and form, against a black background, which shows the contrast better. Notes … More Introduction to Oil Painting/1.1
In this oil painting color study of parrot feathers (natural colors!) we’re going to practice what’s known as a rectangular tetrad: two sets of complementary colors that are spaced one step away from each other on the color wheel. In this case, that means blue + orange, violet + yellow. Here you can see one of … More Color Fundamentals/Oil, 1.4