welcome to our studio for three minutes
of practical information on art. I’m going to be showing you how an
artist might draw an outline using charcoal which will dust off as you
paint and fill in that outline with paint. I don’t use any medium, just
very thin artist quality paint. I’m using alizarin crimson and cobalt violet. I
change the tone of the hue as I fill in the rose, so sometimes the outline
is warmer, that’s with the alizarin crimson, and sometimes it’s cooler hue,
that’s with the cobalt violet. I might use other hues or colors with other
flowers but this will suit this painting. I do an under painting after I’ve
established a thin outline I’m then going to do a fill in of the
canvas, very thinly, it’s an under painting. I rub in transparent
oil colour. I filled in the rose colour and fill inthe background. I’ve used a gold ochre which is semi-transparent.
I’m trying to get that under painting done with transparent colour and
no medium and no thinners because of course thinners are toxic. You don’t what to inhale thinners, so just work with quality thin paint, and then you are working
fat applied over lean. Work thin to thick – lean to fat when you’re
working with oil paint. You end up with muddy
paint if you work thick paint on top of thick paint. Work thin to thick, lean to fat, and you don’t end up with a painting that is going to crack. This is an archival way of painting, a
good way to paint with oils and no mediums because there are no
toxic thinners to inhale. You can also absorb thinners through your skin which is damaging your liver and kidneys.
So we’re working safely now. I am working controlled to start establishing the edges.
The drawing is like a map of the painting. The drawing is the plan of what you’re going to paint. As you start painting relax. Loosen up.
Put those brush strokes down a little more boldly. You can develop the looseness,
and aim for impressionism if that’s what you love.
Or you can stick within the edges of the drawing and go for more realism if
you prefer. There’s no rule. You paint it as you like. I like
Impressionism, so I would keep on going, and getting it looser and looser, and
happier, at the rose progressed, and If I was to develop this further, but I’m
doing this as a 20-minute demonstration, sped up for you, to give you an idea of
how I might start I rose painting with a drawing and end up getting looser as I go.
I’ll follow up with another three-minute demonstration tutorial very soon.
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