Class Notes – Oils 4/6/2009

monochromatic still life study in oil on watercolor paper, blocking in of composition in burnt sienna + turps

monochromatic still life study in oil on watercolor paper, blocking in of composition in burnt sienna + turps

completed study with values blocked in, this will remain a monochromatic study, it is not an under painting

completed study with values blocked in, this will remain a monochromatic study, it is not an under painting although it could be used as one

Concepts presented:

  • Monochromatic studies in oil on watercolor paper are a good way to practice drawing expressively and seeing values
  • Begin by mapping in your composition
  • Continue to map in values working from dark to light
  • Choose any dark neutral for these types of studies: burnt sienna is used here, but burnt umber, raw umber or raw sienna are also good choices
  • I’ve used a 1/2″ soft flat brush on this, with minimal medium (turpenoid), it’s almost a dry brush technique
  • The watercolor paper/dry brush gives the edges a very soft focus
  • White charcoal is laid in to capture highlights on glass, white of the paper is used in other areas for lightest values
  • next week is our last class in this 5-week series, the next series begins the following Monday, April 20, if you are planning to take the next series please register as soon as possible–it is definitely running

New Expressive Drawing Class Begins April 17 at Somerset Art Association

I have a 6-week drawing class beginning April 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning April 17. This is a drawing class designed for painters. The focus of the class will be on honing your drawing skills and building confidence that will translate into stronger, more accomplished looking drawings and paintings. We will work in charcoal and black / burnt sienna acrylic, but many of the works we do in class will look similar to the piece I have shown here in oil. Registration fee is $136 for SAA members or $161 for non-members. Please register immediately if you are planning to take the class, call SAA at 908-234-2345.

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