Creating color charts (on canvas panel or gesso board) with the basic oil colors can help you practice and see the fundamental nuance and richness of paint. Much better than buying a large assortment of colors – you can create them yourself. The colors you will need for the following charts are what I have … More Color Charts in Oil
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.
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
This project looks at depicting a reflected space that is shallow, but indicates a suggested deep space. We are going to use a square tetrad again: green, red, violet and yellow. The green we’ll mix using ultramarine blue + cadmium yellow light; the violet we’ll mix using ultramarine blue + cadmium red deep; the red … More Intermediate Oil: Reflected Mirror Part 1
In this lesson we have built upon the underpainting “imprimatura” in Part 1. As mentioned in Part 1, the palette that we are using is going to be a “square” tetrad: two sets of complementary colors. In this case: red/green and violet/yellow. First we need to make a color chart in order to practice and create … More Intermediate Oil Part 2 and 3: Plaster Cast