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Oil Painting Techniques Tips & Instruction
For my studio painting Moran Point, I used a photo and several plein air sketches for color reference. I wanted to re-create the feeling of the Grand Canyon’s depth and distance, but I also wanted to anchor the viewer with some solid-looking rocks in the foreground. Additionally, by starting the painting with a monochromatic gray underpainting, I was able to “nail” the lights and darks quickly and easily. Sometimes if I separate the issue of value from the issue of color and handle value first, my paintings seem to go more easily in the early stages.
Paint the Seasons in Oils Follow along as Tim Deibler creates a series of evocative landscape paintings to capture the majesty of each of the four seasons. In this video workshop, Capture the Seasons in Oils, a cool winter scene …
Before taking my 18×26 stretched canvas to the field, I toned it with a thin wash of an acrylic mixture of yellow ochre and magenta. By varying the proportions in the mixture, I could get a cooler or warmer tone.
After creating an oil painting, you must varnish it. In ‘Making Art,’ which covers a variety of media, Ed Brickler explains the reason for varnishing, the two types of varnishes, and shares which type he prefers.
A double life is what Sharon Sprung admits to when it comes to her art. Her portraits are beautiful as fields of color sometimes heightened with ornament, yet they provoke the viewer into feeling each subject’s soul and guts. Sprung wrestles with the dichotomy between realism and abstraction. “There’s a beautiful freedom in the mergence of the two that allows me to speak visually to more people,” she says over coffee in a cafe near her teaching gig at the Art Students League in New York City.
How to Paint Landscapes in Oils In this week’s Jen’s Picks, we focus on oil painting techniques for creating a beautiful landscape painting. You’ll learn how to create a breathtaking landscape painting from start to finish alongside instructor Carolyn Lewis. …
During a series of 10 to 15 three-hour, live sessions, I draw the model on Ampersand Gessobord, using mainly a Derwent Graphic HB pencil. I start with a tentative drawing of the whole figure and then go back to the head to make sure that the shape and size are correct. When I feel the head is right, I go back to the whole figure, remeasuring and altering the proportions to fit with the head. Then I usually work area by area, starting with the neck and shoulders and arms and working down.
CAPTURE THE BEAUTY Nothing can seem more difficult, or be more rewarding, than capturing the likeness and essence of a person on canvas. But you can learn how to master the art of portraiture with Capturing the Beauty of Monochrome …
We’re happy to present Kathryn Weisberg as our August Artist of the Month! Kathryn was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 29th Annual Art Competition. Her impressionist oil painting, Route de Lavender (oil, 9×12) is below. Read on to learn more about her style and process!