The live workshop will be here on the 23rd September, at 6PM UK time (1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific)
Pop back here when we’re due to start.
In this session, we’ll be moving on from the value study with two local values (the little jug) that we painted in the last session and doing it in colour.
Having already had a go at the value-only version, we now have a way to approach colour with the values already worked out.
I’m going to show you a way to set up your palette so that you can keep control of the values, and also how to control the chroma – key to making the white porcelain of the jug life like (if you’re also on the flower painting workshop, this is what we just covered with the rose bud this week).
I’d advise preparing your painting surface with an oil or oil/solvent couch, tone it with a middle neutral value then wipe it back. Leave just a thin layer to work into. Don’t do this too much before the session though – certainly not the day before – or your couch will be too dry to work into. We want it wet.
Then you can grid up the panel and do a stright line block in of the jug. You’ll want to have it already drawn out before the session if possible, so that we can concentrate on the mixing and painting.
I’ll be working 8 by 10 inches and the grid is proportioned to work with that aspect ration. Canvas panels will probably be a bit too absorbant, I’d recomend oil painting paper with a coat of acrylic gesso or something like an ampersand gessobord panel.
As well as your painting surface, some linseed oil or other medium and your brushes, you’ll need a palette knife, ideally.
I’d recommend the following tube paints for this study:
- Titanium white
- Cadmium yellow (if Winsor and Newton, cad yellow pale)
- yellow ochre
- An orange of some description. We don’t need high chroma, so transparent red oxide would do, or cad orange if you don’t have that
- Ultramarine blue
- A low value purple. A dioxazine purple is good, if not use a blue red like a quinachridone rose. This is isn’t crucial but that pattern is actiually a blue-purple hue 🙂
- Raw Umber
- Burnt umber will probably be useful
- Ivory Black
Here are the reference photos. I’ve included the value only version to refer back to for values.