The session will be here on Friday 25th September at 6PM UK time (1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific).
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Topic: Going Further with Colour
For this session, we’ll be moving on a little from the last one in that we have two flowers of different colours.
We’ll be building on the approach we’ve been using so far, though: simplifying the forms, finding the values and colours for the light and shadow, and making sure we have a strong foundation of form, shadow and light.
I’ll be working 8 x 10 inches on an ampersand panel, and applying a couch.
Since we’ll be starting straight in with colour mixing, it would be a good idea to have the subject drawn out ready. Prepare your painting surface as follows:
Cover it with a thin layer of linseed oil, or a mix of oil and solvent. You can use just gamsol if you like, but it will start to “set up” (dry) much more quickly. Roughly work in a middle neutral value, then wipe most of the oil and paint off. You’ll be left with a thin layer of oil and a slightly tinted surface.
Grid out the painting surface and then do a straight line block in of the flowers. You’ll be ready to go 🙂
As well as brushes (a selection of synthetic flats will be best) a palette knife and rags/kitchen roll for wiping out, have the following tube paints ready on your palette if you can:
- Titanium white
- An Arylide yellow – Michel Harding bright yellow lake (PY3) is perfect, hansa yellow (PY74) is also good
- Yellow ochre
- Permanent orange or cadmium orange
- Michael Harding green gold or similar
- A quinacridone blue-red, Michael Harding quinacridone rose is perfect
- Williambsburg gold brown, or transparent red oxide (or similar) if you don’t have it
- Raw umber
- Ivory black
Also, have your value scale mixed and on your palette too. You probably wont be using it much so won’t need a large quantity, but we will be using it to relate the values of the colours we’ll be mixing back to the value scale.