Monday, 12 March 2012

Painting lesson. After Kyffin Williams

Working from a painting inspired by Welsh painter Sir Kyffin Williams we will work with the palette knife.

Colours used Ultramarine blue, Burnt umber, Cadmium red, Cadmium yellow, white
Palette knife, med brush

Paint in the top layer of sky on the right hand side.
Knife in subsequent landscape layers and gradually get darker in tone as they move forward. Don’t over mix the paint on the palette do most of your mixing on the paper.

Let this dry. Go back to the top section of sky and mask off the area of the sun. Knife in the sky. Blending can be done with the knife, a dry brush or your finger.
Let all this dry and over lay your drawing of the houses on top of the landscape. Only use carbon around the lines to be traced and not the whole picture as this may all transfer black onto the painting.

Using a brush, paint in the dark houses and the walls. The same light mix can be used on the roofs with a touch of red in to warm them up on the right where the sun catches them.
Shadows are not black but a very dark green glaze.

The cows can be painted in the darkest mix of burnt umber and ultramarine, leaning toward brown. Lighter parts of the cow that would be white lean toward blue with a little white added.
Take off the mask for the sky and over paint the sun and a couple of strokes on the hills with the orange and a little white.

Use the knife again to lighten and darken areas of the picture to add a little more interest
Stand back and look to see where you could add any finishing touches, remember light against dark is a good eye catcher. You can adjust the sky if you need to with a glaze of paint that will not destroy the knife work you have created. A yellow glaze can be laid in around the sun, not the whole sky.

Draw a line of bluish white from the chimney and break this up with a wet brush.

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