There is only one live session this month, it will be here on:
Wednesday 20th January
6PM UK time (10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern)
Pop back here when we’re due to start.
What we’ll be doing
In this first installment of Threads Projects, we’ll be taking a subject and doing our first study of it as a direct painting.
So we’ll be handling the drawing, values, colour, brush handling, all at once.
Over the coming Threads sessions, we’ll break this subject down and look at each of these areas separately.
I’ll be showing you a practice exercise you can do as often as you would like to in order to develop the relevant skill.
Then we’ll produce a version of the study (sometimes just a detail section) that specifically uses the skill we’ve just developed with our practice, so that we can see how the practice exercise relates to the real world.
The first subject is the squash above. This subject has an interesting range of colours and chromas, which will be our main challenge.
It also will stretch our ability to turn form consistently, handle a range of edge qualities, create a variety of brush expressions and of course, nail the values!
What you’ll need
A painting surface about 8 by 10 inches.
Brushes – choice is personal here, but I’d advise a range from half to a quarter inch. I’ll be using mostly hog filbets, with some synthetic flats.
Linseed oil and a solvent (e.g. turps or gamsol) – we’ll be painting into a couch.
- titanuim white
- ivory black
- raw umber
- cadmium yellow
- permanent or cadmium orange
- yellow ochre
- quinacridone rose (or other blue red. If you don’t have one, cad red or similar)
- transparent red oxide (burnt umber if you don’t have that)
- Phthalo green – Winsort and Newton Winsor Green (Yellow shade is ideal, but any phthalo green should dpo, e.g. viridian)