The first live Threads session for April 20201 will be here on:
Wednesday 21st April
6PM UK time (10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern)
What we’ll be doing
This will be the final subject for Threads in its current form, so I wanted to come up with something special.
We haven’t done flowers before as part of a Threads project – at least not as far as I can remember. These little wild primroses grow all over the place round here and this year the garden is particularly full of them.
Even more than daffodils, to me they mean spring.
For the first of two sessions on this subject, I’m planning to take you through how I’d put down the start for a subject like this, the first layer.
The main focus will be on simplifying the forms as much as possible and really nailing the values.
In the second session next week, we’ll see about bringing our paintings to a finish 🙂
What you’ll need
A panel or other painting surface, 10 x 8 inches. I’ll be painting on an ampersand “gessobord” panel.
Brushes aren’t critical, but try to make sure you have a reasonable range. We’ll be using mostly larger brushes, half inch and above, for the block in stage. Do try to make sure you have at least a couple of flat synthetics, about half inch.
- Titanium White
- A green-ish yellow. Cadmium yellow lemon, bright yellow lake (MH) or lemon yellow should all be fine.
- Cadmium yellow
- Yellow Ochre
- Green gold if you have it
- Ultramarine blue
- Quinacridone rose (or other blue red, a magenta would work)
- Possibly ultramarine blue if your blue-red (see above) is too red
- Raw Umber
- Ivory Black
- A phthalo green – Winsor and Newton Winsor Green (yellow shade) is good, but any phthalo green will work
We’ll be painting into a couch as usual, so linseed oil and a solvent too. I’ll be doing all this, together with the colour mixing and rdrawing out, live in the session.
I’d estimate we’ll be going for around three hours, since there’s a lot to cover. We’ll be taking ten minute breaks every hour or so.