Paint Along Class- Fall 11/2/17-12-7-17 “Bellevue State Park”

November 2, 2017 2:46 pm

Start with an underpainting to show the light amongst the trees and a base color for the water and sky.  Use lemon yellow and white for the yellow base and cerulean blue and white for the sky and water underpainting.

Now add in the line where the water meets the land and indicate another line where the background trees meet the land.  Raw umber and purple and cobalt blue can be used for the darkest shadows a/nd add very little white to change the values as you lay in the land.  

Now we are adding in the background trees.  Using the paper towel technique, tap in the lights to the trees and then the darks.  The light colors are as follows; lime green and white, sap green, yellow and white, red, burnt sienna and white.  The dark colors are; raw umber, purple and cobalt blue.  The paper towel technique is similar to sponge painting, but with a paper towel.  It is a technique that I made up.  It gives a fun impressionistic look to background tree work.

Here is a close up.  I then started to add in tree trunks and used an angle brush to give an “edge” to the tops of the trees overlapping the sky. It gives them a more finished look. We will continue this all the way across the painting.

Continue tree work across the back of the painting.

Add in the bush to the right on the next plain in front of the background trees.  Use the darkest value first and then add on top the lighter (dark) value.  Also enhance the small piece of land in the yellowish color.  

Next add in foreground trees.  The first one is started.  Keep in mind darks against lights to create contrast and some separation of the foreground tree from the background trees.

Continue working on the foreground trees. Use more shades of color since these trees are in the shade.

There are many layers for the water. To begin the water, lay in a dark value consisting of cobalt blue, sap green, purple and a little raw umber.  The proper mix of these darks is key to getting the color.  Next, mix a few of the light colors from the trees above and then lightly stroke top to bottom with a flat sale brush over the dark color. This is the beginning of the reflections of the trees on the water.  Take a dry brush and with one stroke from edge go over the reflections to soften them.


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Paint Along Class- FALL 9/14/17-10/19/17 “Bermuda Sunset”

September 15, 2017 1:15 pm

We started today with an underpainting that is with blocked in color beginning with the lemon yellow.  Top left is a mix of cobalt, purple and raw umber.

We next started to blend and mix on canvas the red mixture over the yellow and blue to achieve the orangy color and somewhat purple/blue.  The re mixture is cad red with white.

Here we completed the rest of the sky while adding in any other colors  we felt looked appropriate especially in the bottom left corner.

Begin adding in small yellow clouds on the right hand side. As long as you have a coral color and the value is correct, the yellow will pop well against it.

Here’s what it looks like when you add in the suns rays.  It matches the medium coral like color then leaving yellow to show through for the “corona” of the small clouds.  Use the same color to add in the small clouds. Be sure to leave the yellow around the edges of the clouds to form the corona or outline.

Here is the photo close up showing the small clouds at the sunset.

Add in the land line with purple and raw umber and cobalt blue.

Here’s a close up to show how I added a rose and yellow mix at the tip of the landline to simulate the “glow” of the trees along the sunset. 

This shows the land line with more variation of lights and darks throughout. Keep the values close together, all on the darkest side of the value scale.  Colors to use are purple, raw umber, cobalt, in some areas rose, and in some areas you can add just a touch of white to the dark mix to dull an area for another value. Just play with this section.

Today, we worked on the water.  Add on the left a mixture of cerriliun blue plus either lemon yellow or lime green and white.  This will make the turquoise.  Then lay in on the right side a mixture of cobalt blue, very little purple, very little raw umber and very little white. Use a medium wide short angled sable brush.

Next we blended the 2 colors together in the middle.  We also added white to the turquoise mixture in the middle to show the light reflecting from the sun onto the water.

Here we started to add the red reflection onto the water.  We used cadmium red and white mixture and blended onto the blue so that it “mixed on the canvas”.  I also went back into the middle with the white and turquoise to integrate into the red color.  I added some darker turquoise in some areas of the water to start to see some dimension.  And the strokes are thin left to right to simulate soft water surface ripples. 

In the center of the water, take the turquoise mix and add more white to the mixture and add it here so that the water appears to have reflection from the sun. 

This photo shows another value of the turquoise added to the left of the center point to graduate the light to dark form middle to left. We also added a little thicker cad red and white in the areas where the red part of the sky reflects on the water to the right for more vibrancy.  

Now to add the trees.  Start with sketching them in for placement and composition like you see on the smaller tree on the right.  Then add thicker areas of paint in the heavy trunk and areas of the leaves that are clustered with dark.  Use raw umber and cobalt blue.  You can also add some purple to that mix.  Then begin adding the palm leaves with a dagger brush for the finer lines.  Keep the paint consistency “juicy” to allow for best effect. 

Here is a close up of a palm leaf.  There is a highlight color used which will give the tree and leaves dimension.  Use the same turquoise used for the water over the dark color and it will blend and become a deeper value, yet create a highlight on the leaves and tree.

Continue adding in leaves onto next tree.  

Now add in the highlights here and there onto the leaves and anywhere necessary.  Remember to add leaves coming forward to give dimension o the tree.  Use the turquoise color – white, cerulean blue and very little yellow mix.

This is the complete piece although I may take out the 2 leaves on the right.  Let me know your thoughts!  Thanks!


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Paint Along- Spring 3/30/17- 5/11/17- “Orange Tulip”

April 24, 2017 10:27 pm

IMG_15604 27/17. Begin by working from the back petal to front.  Do one petal at a time. Start by covering the whole petal with lemon yellow.  Make sure to use a filbert brush to create your edges of the petal so it cleanly overlaps the background.  Then use a bristle brush with cadmium red and stroke the brush from top to bottom over the petal.  You will see the colors blend and turn into the orange.  Let the brushes bristles create the ridges in the petal and follow the movement of the petal.

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