The fifth session will be here on
Monday 7th June
6PM UK time (10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern)
Pop back here when we’re due to start. Don’t forget to pop into the chat and say hi!
What we’ll be doing
We’re going to be following the same process we did with the bowl, but this time with an irregular shape – a conference pear.
I love painting these pears because they have two very clearly separated local colours of different hues and values. They’re a brilliant subject for a colour study for that reason, and they’re also beautiful to paint!
In this session, our first with this subject, we’ll begin with a value study. Remember the loo roll? This is the same thing, but with more complex drawing. Beginning with a value study will enable us to get the values down for the light and shadow of each local – and of course we’ll also get to practice our edge handling and drawing too.
What you’ll need
Surface: An ampersand panel or similar surface, 10 x 8 inches
Brushes: Personal choice here. I’ll be using my usual mix of hog filberts and the odd synthetic flat. You’ll need a soft synthetic for blending and edge handling. I like to use smaller hog filberts (size 2 or 3) for organic shapes like this. For painting the pear, it will help you if you have four of the same size and type, that will allow you to have a light and shadow brush for light and shadow for each of the two locals.
Medium: Linseed oil and a solvent
- Titanium or lead white
- Raw umber
- Ivory Black
Please have a basic value scale mixed – values 3, 5 and 7. Use a mix of raw umber with black, and titanium white. It’s not crucial that they are perfect neutrals (I mix mine a little toward raw umber, it just looks nicer) but it’s important that you nail the values as closely as you possibly can.
Please also have your panel (or other surface) with the couch applied (oil and solvent mixed, and then wiped off) and gridded up. Don’t draw out the pear though, we’ll do that in the live session.