Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oil Painting Tutorial: A Bowl of Fruit

This can be a tricky lesson. I think it's better one-on-one and the most students I would have are three at a time because it gets messy and noisy! This lesson is all about composition, a restriced pallete and working with still life.

First, have a look at the oil painting supply list before you begin and make sure you have all these items. Clear a workspace and make sure there is proper ventilation because there are very strong fumes.

You will need:

  • canvas or canvas paper (of course stretched canvas is the best for oils)
  • oil paints: cadmium red, lemon yellow, prussian blue, white
  • rag and a smock
  • turpentine or Sansodor
  • oil painting bristle brushes

Arrange fruit in a plate or bowl and place it on a cloth and a high surface that everyone can see. This is where I like to talk about composition and the rule of thirds.

Using pencil on the canvas, draw the grid of 3-by-3 and make sure to center the fruit on the 4 corners of the middle square.

Squeeze out only red, yellow and blue onto the palette. Any other colours should be mixed from these three as done in the previous lesson.

Add linseed oil to each mixture (to slow down drying and extend the pigment). Paint only with thin layers- this prevents the paint from cracking when it dries. You don't want cracking!

White is not always the best way to lighten a colour, for instance, adding white to red makes it pink. Try and add a little bit of yellow to red.

Assess the relationships of colour an tone once the first coat has been applied. At this point, it is fine to still see pencil markings, it means the paint layer is quite thin.

Have fun and goodluck! Xo. Q.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Studio Tour - Part 1

Here are some snaps of what my studio looks like. I have taken over a few walls and the more I paint, the more the work changes and so does the space. The strangest part is that these walls will be painted white at the end of the year and that is always in my mind while I'm painting. I can capture the space with photographs, but it is nothing like being in the room.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 Paintings for Fine Art

Here are a few of my favorite paintings that I this year as part of my Fine Art course. There are quite a range of styles and themes. I can see a clear break of style when I changed tutors, and I have had three tutors so far! It is interesting to see what different tutors bring out in me. I began with very delicate watercolour paintings and then moved onto large-scale acrylic.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pastel Portrait Tutorial: Focus Points

Every portrait is different and so is every artist. I am going to point out some focus points for this specific portrait.

The aims of this drawing was to draw a face proportionally, model the face with blending techniques and to work with pastel. I encouraged the artist Jeanette to look carefully at the colours from the image source. We worked for two sessions on this drawing.

The images below show some focus points:

  • The hair that falls over her left side of the face casts a slight shadow. 
  • The lower eye-lashes were drawn in delicately and blended over with white pastel. It's hard to see with these photos, but they are there.
  • The pencil from the under-drawing was showing through the hair and so it was covered first with lemon yellow, then with ochre.
  • The shirt has blue, light blue, white and grey blended in some sections.
  • Her pastels were cleaned with a cloth before each application and so there is absolutely no muddiness.
  • The neck detail was softened by blending white into the lines.

Jeanette's final drawing, age 12
I'm not going to say anything else except we were both very happy with the result.
xo. Quaymberley.