Studies of Metallic Surfaces


study of silver urn, oil on canvas, alla prima


silver urn, acrylic on paper


urn, creamer and cup, oil on canvas, alla prima

A few demos I did this week of metallic surfaces. Painting these types of objects are great for studying values as well as for observing subtle colors that are present but not always obvious at first glance. This is a great way to train your eye to become more attuned to your subjects, whatever they may be.

Palette = cobalt blue, alizarin, yellow ochre, burnt umber, burnt sienna, titanium white. Also added hints of King’s blue and Naples yellow, but these are colors that can easily be mixed from the above palette if you don’t have them. It’s important to capture both the warm and cool tones of the metal as you see them. Warm highlights will come from the spotlight you are using to light the subject, while cool ones may come in from ambient room light or window lighting. Push the dark values first and place colors next to one another when working alla prima, this will help you to avoid getting mud.


One Response to Studies of Metallic Surfaces

  1. Caio Rudá says:

    Hey, Anne. How is it going?

    I really got your taxi picture borrowed, and here it is the result:

    Also, I posted that text on a blog:

    Monthly, people colaborate by posting their work (poems, short stories etc.) and next month we publish the magazine. People loved your art, and would like to appreciate it on the magazine too. I think you see no problem if we use it, don’t you? If you give us permission, could you send me a larger picture?

    Keep in touch!

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