Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing: Class Resources (beginning with class 5 for now)
Class #5: Sketching your still life and setting up your palette.
First, we will do a warm up exercise in which you create a gradation of color using a primary and its opposite on the color wheel, or its complement. You could choose the complementary pair blue and orange, the red and green complementary pair, or the yellow and purple pair.
On to the real project! You will sketch your composition onto your canvas using charcoal or thinned paint. You may apply the grid method, or you may choose to judge your proportions by measuring objects against one another.
This is my palette. I use these colors in combination to create all other colors. On occasion, I'll add lamp black, but it's a rare occasion.
Class #6: Finally time to Paint!!!
We will begin with a few warm up exercise to help you build insight and confidence.
First, use some yellow paint. Mix it with white to create a tint. Mix some yellow with black to create a shade. Mix some yellow with grey to create a tone.
Finally, mix some yellow with it's opposite on the color wheel (purple) to create a neutral color. How does the neutral you created compare to the tone?
We will practice making some different kinds of marks with paint. X shapes with the brush, Clean edges, and stipples and squiggles.
You'll gain confidence when you prove to yourself that you can mix complex colors using only the primaries. Most people believe that the colors of human are the most difficult colors to mix. This is our final exercise... mixing these complex skin tones.
When you begin your still life, you will paint in layers. Use thinner paint for your first layers. First, block in the large objects and major shadow areas... again, using thin paint
Next, choose an object that interests you and use thicker paint to build in detail. When applying paint over wet paint, choose a brush with soft bristles and apply the paint with a gentle touch, so as not to disturb the layer underneath. This is only your first pass, so it won't be perfect.
...After the painting has dried between sessions, we will do some glazing with transparent layers...
'Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty' - That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know. John Keats