As we say hello to 2016, let’s acknowledge and show respect to the many students who have worked so diligently in 2015. Here are some highlights from some of the drawing and painting classes last year. Thank you one and all! This is the first grouping of work: (Calling all students/if you see your work … More Student Works From 2015, Part 1
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.
In this first project for my 2nd year students in Intermediate Oil, we are painting a study of a dramatically lit plaster cast of greek and roman statues and an architectural element: Apollo, Diana, Hellene, or an artichoke shaped finial. The painting is going to be somewhat of a hybrid between using a classical method … More Intermediate Oil Part I: Plaster Cast
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
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
Recently I have the great fortune to be starting with a new Intro to Oil painting crew! We are working on our first project: a single white object. We will analyze the values, study the form in space and use a limited palette. Here are some examples of the initial value drawings of our simple … More New Crew in Town
Bones have traditionally offered the artist the opportunity to study skeletal structure, as well as visual plane and tonal systems. When we look at the following skulls, discover the beauty of nature as it offers a unique description of anatomical support. We will look at several animal skulls and beginning tonal drawings by my students, … More Animal Skulls Part I (Drawing)and II (Grisaille): raccoon, beaver, javelina
Limited palettes are useful for a variety of reasons. In the “less is more” context, the painter gets practice in developing a broad range of color and value using a small arrangement of colors. The palette we are using has these colors: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, Ivory Black, and Titanium White. A … More Limited Palette