The coming schedule:
January, watercolor under paintings with Enid Wood
February, how to edit pastel paintings, they are more durable than you think, with Jo Castillo
March, pastel underpainting fixed with Gamsol with Enid Wood
April, landscape paintings from photos with Jo Castillo
May, pan pastel under painting with Enid Wood
More info on the tab for Pastel Classes above.
Turning on the Light
- Start with pure color, no gray (reserve gray for the distance and some shadows, it makes the brights, brighter)
- Use dark against light, light against dark, valuesSquint to find mid-tones, they are darker than you think
- Natural light is cool with warm shadows and softer edgesClose to sun the colors are warmer and lighterAs you move away from the light it goes warm to cool and light to dark
- Artificial light is usually warm with bold cool shadows and harder edgesFluorescent light flattens your objects
- Still life is more dramatic with the dark where the light is coming from and lighter where the light is going. This puts your light against dark automatically.
- Use a consistent direction of light
- Using a color wheel, a value finder and other tools can be helpful.
I then used a dark green behind the apple on the left and a bright green on the right. Quite a difference it makes. In real life it was fun to see the immediate change. The body shadows on the apples should be darker. We ran out of time.
We then worked on a painting in class.
Painting "rules" help you get started in painting. They are really just guides. Practice, practice, practice will help you find your style and your own rules.