It is always nice to welcome back Paul for a demonstration. These are always informative and given in a very professional way.
Paul is always looking out for images to paint. He looks for patterns that come together and how the lights and darks relate; only ever doing one off paintings.
He draws his picture out lightly, using a 6b pencil and then uses a piece of equipment( see picture below) to check his measurements.
He starts with the lightest values, using Ceruleum Blue and Naples Yellow for the sky, needing to get the strength of the colour right as it dries lighter. He then works on the background using Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna , adding a little Sap Green for the grass areas.
Then, slowly working his way down the paper, he adds all the lights, generating a variety of colours, before adding Cobalt Blue for the shadows. He then dries this with a hair dryer.
Paul works on one big shape at a time, starting with the distant hills by spraying the area and using Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and a little Violet.
Next, the buildings are added, using Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna. With the front of the building, he uses slightly drier paint so it doesn't fuse with the wet colours.
Now, he is ready to start to work his way down the picture building up colour, shape and volume adjusting the colours as he proceeds.
Next he works on the dark wall using Windsor Blue, Violet and a little Burnt Sienna; always drawing with the brush which allows him more freedom, before breaking up some of the darks with a splash of water.
After finishing blocking- in, he starts to add details, with his preferred Squirrel Mop brush,. The wall on the right is completed and the lower shadow added. Thick paint is added into wet paint to get dark, soft shapes.
Paul is now at the refinement and alteration stage.
First, he adds detail to the wall, sketching with the brush, keeping the strokes loose, so as not to lose the flow of the painting. All these marks are dark, as he will add tones when these dry. This time adding dark colours before lights.
Now, he's at the stage where details can be added, such as the windows on the farmhouse, which are painted using a little White Gouache and Ceruleum Blue. Posts and poles are added using the white with a little Yellow Ochre. As well as splashing the wall with water, he later splashes it with a little of the White and Ceruleum Blue to add extra texture.
Finally, he stands back to look at the painting before adding a few final touches. The next day he will look at it, with fresh eyes. and decide on any slight adjustments , if they are needed.
Unfortunately, because of the lighting in the screen the colours are a little washed out in this slideshow, but in the final picture shown below, you can see the superb use of colours clearly.
Another impressive evening with lots of useful tips and an excellent picture, which was completed in about an hour and a half. We look forward to his next demonstration, as they are always an enjoyable and interesting experience.
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