The live session will be here on:
Thursday 7th January
6PM UK time (1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific)
Just pop back here when we’re due to start.
- Surface: An Ampersand Gessobord panel to paint on. I’ll be painting 8 x 10 inches, pretty small. If you can’t get one of these in time, any surface prepared with acrylic primer should do, but try to make sure it’s as smooth as possbile – coarse canvas weave will be tricky to paint on in the way I’ll be showing you.
- Linseed oil and a solvent (turps or gamsol for example). This is so we can lay down a thin layer of oil to paint into. It’s also why we want a smooth surface to paint on, so we can get those lovely, gestural brush strokes!
- You’ll probably be able to get by with whatever paints you have on hand, but try to make sure you have at least:
- Titanium white
- Ivory black
- Raw Umber
- A green yellow – lemon yellow will be ok, but if you have an arylide yellow like hansa yellow for example, that will work better. If you don’t have a green-yellow I’ll show you a work around – as long as you have the phthalo green.
- Cad Yellow
- Yellow ochre
- Transparent red oxide, if you can
- A phthalo green (something like Winsor and Newton Winsor Green)
- Quinacridone red
- Brushes are really up to you, but it will really help if you have some synthetic flats, they really make painting petals with expressive strokes much easier! About half inch width will be good, and a few smaller ones for detail – if we get that far 🙂
Here are four photos for you to download:
Photo two – the subject with a grid if you want help drawing it out – I’ll be moving pretty quickly in hte live session so this will certainly help you get it blocked in more quickly
Photo three – a value only version, with a value scale embedded for comparison
Photo four – a pixelated version to help with simplifying the colour areas
This, of course, is up to you too. But if you can have the photos you’re working from on one screen, a tablet say, and the live video on another, a laptop or PC, that’s probably the best set up.
If you only havew one screen, you’ll need to navigate constantly between the live video and the photos. It’s doable, but if you’re in that position consider just watching the live session and then painting along afterwards – you’ll be able to replay the video very soon after the live session is over at this link.