Painting Supplement #1

This is basically the same as color part 2 but in oil paint. You’ll get an idea of how to translate what you are learning into paint, plus a bit about materials and process. This supplement is for your information and does not take the place of a good hands-on class but because so many of us aspire to paint (or already do) it will add to our understanding (fun too)..(-;

Make the 5×5 grid on the same support as your drawing. I am using white Ampersand sanded pastel board and sketching with a pastel pencil. You can use canvas paper, stretched canvas or anything designed to take oil paint.

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Behold: The Kitchen Studio…yes, you can do this in the kitchen even though it’s best to have a separate place like a studio for painting. As long as you are well organized and clean up as you go. Good lighting is a real plus.

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I use an assortment of hog bristle brushes.

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I mix my paints before I begin. Shown here are pure hues red and green and their tints, tones and shades and pure hues blended together in roughly 75/25%, 50/50% and 25/75% and their tints, tones and shades. Similar to a Drawing with Color grid exercise.


Pure green (Viridian hue) plus 4 values made by adding white.

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I build the grid and put in a background on my drawing. Notice I use a tint of red for the foreground and a cooler duller tint for the background.

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Completed grid and feather sketch.

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Now you have an example of the mixing potential of red and green and an image for your color files. Consider repeating this exercise for each complement.

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