Thursday, March 30, 2017
Episode 3: Monochrome Master Copy
This show starts off with a PRO TIP how to reduce-recycle-reuse your solvent; save money and be good to the environment!
We also bring up the reasoning behind and how to "square-up" an image and canvas in order to use that technique to transfer the placement of the composition.
Then like episode 2 we are working again in MONOCHROME and we start with our darkest dark BLACK (mix 70-30 burnt umber - ultramarine blue) and WHITE and between them we mix MIDDLE GRAY! expanding on our value scale we also mix another HALFTONE between White and Middle Grey and another one between Middle Grey and Black.
With squaring up and five "notes" of grey on our palette we are ready to tackle blocking in our copy of renowned painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
OIL COLORS (to paint with)
Just three colors is all you need to start with: Titanium White, Burnt Umber, and Ultramarine Blue
BRUSHES (to mix paint with)
A few different sizes of FLAT brushes is all you need: #2, #4, #6, and #8. Brushes also come in BRIGHT, ROUND, FILBERT, etc but for the beginning , FLAT is fine
A simple "trowel" style is all you need to start with
PALETTE (to mix paint on)
I recommend a GRAY PAPER PALETTE, 40 sheets of coated disposable paper for painting
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/grey-matters-paper-palettes. (Along with the paper palette, you can get an airtight box that is made to fit the 12 by 16 pads to keep and transport your palette with less mess: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/masterson-air-tight-palettes-and-accessories For oil paint you just need to blue box)
BRUSH WASHER (to wash brushes with)
the small metal type is the best
SPIRIT (the liquid that cleans brushes)
I recommend GAMSOL, by the Gamblin Brand of paint supplies. This goes in the Brush Washer
MEDIUM (makes paint dry faster)
Look for an oil painting medium that speeds drying and contains "alkyd"
This is up to your taste. there are kinds for standing, kinds for sitting, big ones, little ones, indoor ones, outdoor ones. You can find them for sale used all over the place. Lots of art easels on Craigslist. I recommend a simple "A-frame" type easel for standing or table top, or a portable "French" easel which can be both
CANVAS or CANVAS PANELS
inexpensive is ok, especially to start with, and 16 by 20 is a good size, or smaller